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
"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."
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."
"“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”"
"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. "