Posted on 13th April 2016
The meeting of BHBPA members on Wednesday was a very pleasant and enjoyable one, hosted excellently by Mid Sussex Golf Club. It was our first visit to the club, and we were greeted with a beautiful spring day and a glass of sparkling wine.
The first presentation was by Angela Gill, the MD of Bio-Productions, who told us the story of the management buyout which led to her and Vonny and Phil taking charge of the company. All three of them have worked at the company for ten years. They specialise in manufacturing products which are used to clean toilets, and men’s toilets in particular. This is a manufacturing company in Burgess HIll who export their products to all parts of the world, including India, Australia and Korea.
Angela’s presentation was a very thorough, interesting and amusing one, and she gained a very warm and well merited round of applause for it. This in itself was quite something as it was the first time she had ever spoken in public.
The second presentation was by Blaise Tapp, the Communities Content Manager of Sussex Newspapers. He was an erudite and amusing guy, used to working for large and popular newspapers in the North west and now thoroughly enjoying working on the Mid Sussex Times and other organs of Johnston Press. After noting that he had been upstaged by a woman talking about urine, he took us through his ideas of how newspapers would survive despite falling readerships and the power of the internet and online publications. He pointed businesses toward ways in which they could make better use of the press, including looking at entering the business award show sponsored by the Mid Sussex Times, Business Matters.
Afterwards, while people stayed on to eat and drink in convivial company, there was a great warmth of feeling toward the speakers. Lots of networking seemed to be happening and there was a lovely friendly atmosphere engendered throughout.
Thanks to the Golf Club and to the speakers for all their efforts. A very good time was had by all.
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "