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
"“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”"
"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. "
""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.""
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."