Posted on 20th October 2016
Earlier this week MSDC held their annual exhibition, this time at The King’s Centre in Victoria Road. This year they changed the theme to an extremely up to date one and called it “Digital & You”.
When I arrived to set up the BHBPA stand at 10.45 the place was already buzzing with activity and so it continued for the rest of the day. It was pleasant for me to know so many people coming round to look at what was on offer, as it made the day go by more quickly.
There were seven seminars during the day, on topics such as cloud accounting, search engine optimisation, apps for work and email marketing, and these were very well attended. Perhaps that is unsurprising, as the people presenting were from some internationally famous brand names eg Google, and some locally successful ones, such as Rocketmill and Pure 360. Suffice to say that I didn’t go to many seminars, as I had the stand to look after, and I couldn’t find much interest there. For certain a lot of people did. I concentrated on networking and eating, for which endeavours I am much better suited!
With Paul Noble working hard all day on filming the whole thing and Gordon Reay making being in charge look easy, the day seemed to me to be a very successful one. I may have snaffled another couple of members for the BHBPA, and I was also able to establish beyond all doubt that I am ancient, as most of the technical guys there in sneakers and faded jeans looked to be still in their mid-teens! And to think I had thought I might be trendy by leaving my tie at home …!
"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."
""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.""
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"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."