News (July 2016)

Change to Academy for Oakmeeds

Change to Academy for Oakmeeds

Posted on 21st July 2016

As students head off for their summer break, work at Oakmeeds Community College is gaining momentum in preparation for the change to academy status in September. As part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, the academy will build on recent developments – including the appointment of Jon Francies as interim Principal – to create an exceptional school focused on inspiring, motivating and enthusing the young people of Burgess Hill... read more

IEP Auto-Enrolment Seminars

IEP Auto-Enrolment Seminars

Posted on 20th July 2016

As one of our professional connections, I would like to let you know about our upcoming Auto Enrolment seminars.   As we have done in the past, we are holding three seminars across the Sussex area. The dates are as follows:   Tuesday 20th September, Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove, 9.30am (click here to book) Tuesday 11th October, The Chichester Harbour Hotel, Chichester, 9.30am (click here to book) Tuesday 8th November, The Grand Hotel,... read more

WSRRS Risk Management Plan

WSRRS Risk Management Plan

Posted on 20th July 2016

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is seeking the views of partners and the wider community on its draft Community Risk Management Plan 2016-20.   The Fire & Rescue Service has a statutory duty to consult on, and publish, a 3-5yr ‘Integrated Risk Management Plan’ (IRMP). This is an analysis of the current and projected risk profile in the county, and how the Fire & Rescue Service is organised to support local communities.... read more

Help Manor Field School

Help Manor Field School

Posted on 20th July 2016

Please support Manor Field Primary School – let’s hear our children sing!   Manor Field Primary School in Burgess Hill is looking to raise £10,000 to refurbish and renovate their old Victorian Hall to help nurture and celebrate the wonderful musical and artistic talents of every child at the school. To make this happen, we need your support, no matter how big or small your donation will go a long way. Let’s put smiles on all their faces... read more

Hill Get Home In Low Scoring Battle

Hill Get Home In Low Scoring Battle

Posted on 20th July 2016

Senior cricket Tables 1st XI – are now 22 points clear at the top of the table after a low scoring win over second place Chichester. Peter Billinghay took 5-42 as Chichester were rolled out for only 81. In response Hill didn’t find batting much easier and a vital 31 run seventh wicket partnership from Luke Vick (19) and Tom Penfold (11*) guided Hill to victory by three wickets. Report. 2nd XI – chased a large total again to win for the second... read more

Management Change at Keymer DG

Management Change at Keymer DG

Posted on 19th July 2016

You may know us from our catchy advert on More Radio, but recently Keymer Double Glazing has undergone a slight change. Your local Double Glazing company is now under new management!   Stephen Woodward and Martin Wright, who found and have built the company over the last 25 years, have decided to take a back seat and pass the reins over to four new directors.   Taking over as the Sales Director is Kieran Collins. Bringing an impressive and well-rounded... read more

New Manufacturing Association Launches

New Manufacturing Association Launches

Posted on 19th July 2016

METALL launches with a sell-out first event   Over 30 manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses, who between them employ over 5,000 skilled people within the Gatwick Diamond, have helped launch a new association for the region’s manufacturing, engineering and technology industries.   The companies attended the first meeting of METALL (Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology Alliance) at Roffey Park, Horsham, to hear from experts... read more

More Help From HMRC

More Help From HMRC

Posted on 18th July 2016

Hello Partner, Give your members a head start to getting their tax affairs in order. Share this email with your members today and give them the advantage of advice from our experts before the January deadline. Friday            22 July    11.00 to 12.00   Self-employment & HMRC – getting started Monday         25 July    14.00 to 15.00   Record keeping for the self-employed Tuesday        26 July   ... read more

Hello Clearly Vizible

Hello Clearly Vizible

Posted on 15th July 2016

I would also like to inform you of our very exciting news here at Bluelite, following our huge success of Bluelite graphics and Chevronshop.com, we are now launching our 3rd company, Clearly Vizible. Bluelite is everything emergency services, Chevronshop.com, that is celebrating 10 years of business this year, is the high visibility markings and everything chapter 8 compliant, Clearly Vizible is everything else that isn’t already covered by our... read more

Affinity Sutton Looking for Placements

Affinity Sutton Looking for Placements

Posted on 14th July 2016

I wonder if you could help?   Part of my role with Affinity Sutton is to look for vacancies, apprenticeships and work placements for people that we are helping to support into work.   Our service is free to companies, and voluntary to the residents we work with.   At this moment in time, I am looking for an Apprenticeship for a young lad within a “hands on” type role, a Work placement for up to eight weeks for someone who eventually... read more

Great Support for Hospice Walk

Great Support for Hospice Walk

Posted on 14th July 2016

Great support for hospice Star Walk 2016     St Peter & St James Hospice held its annual Star Walk at the weekend where the event was brilliantly supported by the local community! There were 410 people registered to take part in support of the Hospice at Saturday night’s event, sponsored by MetLife. Once the sponsorship money has been donated, then the Hospice will announce the final fundraising total.   It was great to see such... read more

VAT Advice

VAT Advice

Posted on 13th July 2016

Hello Partner, Can we help your members with some straightforward advice about VAT? If your members are already registered for VAT and want to make sure that their knowledge of VAT is up to date, why not extend our webinar invitations to them? Share this email with your members as soon as possible and give them the chance to join us. Find out about the different rates of VAT, what can and cannot be claimed, sending in a VAT return and more by joining... read more

Summer Activities in Burgess Hill

Summer Activities in Burgess Hill

Posted on 13th July 2016

Dear Team Member   Summer Holiday Activities The Town Centre Partnership Operational Team have been working hard the past few weeks to arrange Summer Activities within the town centre.  These have been combined with events being held by The Martlets Shopping Centre and Market Place Shopping Centre so we can ignite some fun filled activities each week of the children’s summer holidays.   Therefore, our current plan of events is as follows:   Saturday... read more

Hill Extend Lead at the Top

Hill Extend Lead at the Top

Posted on 13th July 2016

Senior cricket Tables 1st XI – extended their lead at the top with an excellent six wicket win over second place Haywards Heath. Jack Simpson laid the foundation for victory with figures of 6-35 and he was at it again with the bat in the second innings cracking 65 in 64 balls. Zain Patel finished 30 not out and Ben Hopkins 25 not out. Report. 2nd XI – moved back to the top of the table themselves with victory over Haywards Heath II. Heath batted... read more

Olympics at AM&M

Olympics at AM&M

Posted on 13th July 2016

AM&M ‘Olympics’ targets £30k for 30 years in business   Burgess Hill direct mailing company AM&M are going for gold this summer with a crazy charity version of ‘Office Olympics’.   As part of a year-long birthday bid to raise £1,000 for each of the 30 years they’ve been trading, staff are inviting fellow businesses to take part in a bonkers It’s A Knockout!-style event with a sticky end for the losers.   Among the... read more

Rain Can’t Dampen Spirits at Ridgeview

Rain Can’t Dampen Spirits at Ridgeview

Posted on 13th July 2016

On Tuesday this week 35 members assembled at Ridgeview Wine Estate for what has become an annual treat – an introduction to the winery, a presentation and some wine tasting. We were greeted by Tamara Roberts, the CEO, who runs the estate with her family. Tamara is not only welcoming but wonderfully unpretentious and matter of fact about the business, which now makes national news in the wine industry for its excellence. The rain held off while... read more

Join this Webinar

Join this Webinar

Posted on 13th July 2016

Hello Partner, Encourage your members to join us and UKTI to find out what to do when exporting to other countries. If your members are thinking about exporting, this joint webinar will give them an overview of what they need to do and how UKTI can help them to get things off to a ‘GREAT’ start. Share this email with your members as soon as possible and give them the chance to join us before the places are filled. Tuesday 19 July 13.00 to 14.00... read more

Sutton Winson Scholarship at Plumpton

Sutton Winson Scholarship at Plumpton

Posted on 12th July 2016

Lewes MP welcomes support for Plumpton College Wine Industry student | Maria Caulfield Lewes MP welcomes support for Plumpton College Wine Industry student Saturday, 2 July, 2016 Maria Caulfield, Member of Parliament for Lewes has welcomed a scholarship set-up by one of the UK’s leading independent insurance and risk management providers for the English Wine Industry, Sutton Winson.   The firm, based in Burgess Hill, has chosen to support a... read more

BHCC Go Top Again

BHCC Go Top Again

Posted on 7th July 2016

Senior cricket Tables 1st XI – returned to the top of the table with an excellent 136 run victory over Mayfield. Contributions from across the top order helped Hill to 206-7 but it was George Willett who made the difference with a devastating opening spell, picking up six wickets to take Hill to victory. Report. 2nd XI – fell victim to the weather for the second week in a row. A crucial game against Ansty was halted at the 50 over mark after... read more

Award for Susan Fleet

Award for Susan Fleet

Posted on 7th July 2016

Award is icing on the cake in agency’s 30th anniversary year   Lea Graham Associates received a surprise 30th birthday present on Friday night with an award for its founder and MD.   Susan Fleet, who set up Lea Graham Associates (LGA) in Burgess Hill in 1986 and went on to launch its sister agency Lea Graham Entertainment with her husband Graham in 1990, was honoured for her Outstanding Contribution to the Community in front of colleagues... read more

Rockwell Collins Hosts Budding Engineers

Rockwell Collins Hosts Budding Engineers

Posted on 7th July 2016

Rockwell Collins UK hosts ‘Introduction to Engineering’ days for local schoolchildren   On 14th and 15th June Rockwell Collins hosted two ‘Introduction to Engineering’ days at our simulation & training centre of excellence in Burgess Hill, UK.   This was part of a company-wide diversity and inclusion initiative to encourage more young people to enter roles related to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).   A total... read more

Carpenter Box Survey

Carpenter Box Survey

Posted on 7th July 2016

Manufacturing and Engineering: So, how is it in the real world?   Post referendum the world has changed. The UK sits amidst a political vacuum and an economic maelstrom – but where does that leave business and business planning and investment?   The environment for manufacturers and engineers is particularly complex. The drop in the value of the pound should make the price of our products more attractive in world markets – a point made... read more

Award for Bennett Christmas

Award for Bennett Christmas

Posted on 7th July 2016

MID SUSSEX INSURANCE FIRM WINS BEST MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR   Sussex-based insurance brokers Bennett Christmas was named one of the best businesses in the county on Friday – less than 24 hours ahead of announcing a major new acquisition for its broker division.   The Business Matters Award recognised the firm’s transformation over the past six years from traditional local broker to a dynamic, forward looking company with a clear vision... read more

Export Survey, Coast to Capital

Export Survey, Coast to Capital

Posted on 7th July 2016

Coast to Capital LEP recognise the significant proportion of economic growth in our region will come from businesses trading internationally. Coast to Capital and its partners surveyed companies four years ago and we want to gauge the current level of international export activity to understand trends and related issues. This is being done in the form of a survey, which is linked here: http://goo.gl/forms/DgLUHsuoj1P1tgE22 Findings from the survey... read more

Storage Space Wanted

Storage Space Wanted

Posted on 7th July 2016

I came across your website whilst looking for some business storage space online. We are a small business, based near Brighton, and retail furniture online. We currently use several units at BigBox storage centre in Portslade but would like to find some dry storage within reasonable distance. As we are potentially looking at relocating at the end of this year, we don’t want to tie into any long lease but would ideally love to find 300sq ft or... read more

Sainsbury’s Support Hospice

Sainsbury’s Support Hospice

Posted on 6th July 2016

Hospice’s Star Walk supported by Sainsbury’s   Sainsbury’s (Haywards Heath) launched its charity appeal with St Peter & St James Hospice, naming it Charity of the Year in summer 2014. Over the past two years the store has given a great deal of support while some employees have been extremely active fundraisers. Last year, 40 members of staff took part in the Hospice’s annual night walk and this year sees Carol Landridge’s last time... read more

Marketing for Growth

Marketing for Growth

Posted on 1st July 2016

Marketing For Growth Thursday 21st July 2016 from 09:30 to 12:30 The Kings Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9LR Free to attend – but spaces are limited! Marketing is an investment, NOT a cost! This free business seminar will help you step back and think about the best ways to promote your business and achieve returns on that investment. •    Do you really know what your target markets are? •    Do you know what your marketing... read more

BH Symphony Orchestra

BH Symphony Orchestra

Posted on 1st July 2016

The Orchestra was founded in 1979. The original conductor Stephen Evans, still one of the Orchestra’s Vice-Presidents, was succeeded in 1982 by Mike Wood, our current Conductor. Mike is well known throughout Burgess Hill, having taught many residents during his time at Oakmeeds School and through his association with several local clubs and societies, both as a leader and a performer. For his services to the local community, Mike was awarded... read more

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"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."

Nick Broom, Managing Director
(PVL UK Ltd)

"Since joining BHBPA we have found it to be a dynamic and vibrant members’ organisation, with excellent, regular and informative meetings.

Peter Liddell does a first class job in ensuring that members’ interests are aired and addressed.
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Mark O'Shea, Partner
(Rawlison Butler)

"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""

Dave Farmer, German Translator
(Dave Farmer & Co)