Posted on 28th September 2016
The AGM of the BHBPA was held this week at the King’s Centre in Victoria Road. Whilst there was no need for extra seating in the room it was a reasonable turnout of members to hear details of the past year’s affairs of the Association.
Chairman Paul Shearing of Autowise welcomed everyone to the meeting before handing over to the Coordinator for his annual report . He told the meeting that the membership had continued to grow, that meetings were very well attended and that the newsletter had continued high readership.
In the absence of the Accountant, the Chairman took the throng through the finances and outlined profits and losses. It was stressed that the BHBPA is now almost entirely self-financing and continues to be a non-profit organisation.
The election of officers took little time, as there were no Steering Group members who wished to stand down. One Director, Nicky Loutit, offered her resignation with great reluctance due to work commitments and the Chairman himself explained that he had done his two years in the role and is hoping that someone else might step up to the Chair. There will be more on these issues to come.
Amid general consensus that the current Chair should do another year, he drew the meeting to a close at 5.45 by thanking all those who turned up. See the minutes here
"“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! ” "
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"