Posted on 21st September 2016
On Tuesday this week we were invited along to Action Press for a short networking event. On arrival we were greeted by Vicky Dunster, the Accounts Manager and by Peter Holding, the Sales and Key Account Manager. Peter’s brother, Trevor, was there too in his role as CEO. Having known these men from their time as youths at school in the town it was good to spend a little time beforehand chatting to them about their lives and the lives of the other siblings I knew from school.
The business has grown over the years since their father started it, to the point where in 2001 they needed to move from a shop unit in the town. They took on the present building and all the renovation work required to transform it into the modern commercial premises they have today. As with many older buildings around, there were problems such as asbestos to be overcome, but the renovation was successful and the business has flourished since that time.
In a town with many printing outlets, Action Press produces a variety of types of printed material and can cater for alomost anything required by customers. They have good relationships with other print companies locally and have built up a very good reputation over 40 years in the trade.
As written on the website “As a family-owned business our principles of integrity and honesty are manifest in all interactions and permeate every area of our organisation. It’s no wonder that this mutual trust has resulted in many enduring client relationships over the last 40 years.” It was obvious that members of the staff were relaxed and friendly in a way which suggested they were happy to be there and enjoying the work.
Those 25 BHBPA members and friends who came along were able to chat, socialise and network with others while we were shown around the printing areas and then later when we were offered refreshments. A huge amount of noise was created by the buzz of conversation – that’s what good networking sounds like! Many thanks to Action Press for hosting us and thanks to all who came along for a very interesting and productive hour.
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"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."
"“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”"
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "