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.
"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. "
"“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.""
"“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”"
"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."