News (December 2016)

BHBPA Review of the Year

BHBPA Review of the Year

Posted on 12th December 2016

As we come to the 47th and final newsletter of 2016 it is time to look back at the events from a business association perspective and to assess where we are and what progress,if any, we have made. During the year we have been joined by no fewer than 27 new member companies who had heard about the BHBPA and thought that it might be an organisation worth joining. We hope we can live up to those expectations.  Of course, we have lost a few companies... read more

Dress as an Elf

Dress as an Elf

Posted on 8th December 2016

Dear all,   There are just few days to go until Dress yourself as an Elf!   This year our annual Christmas fundraiser is taking place on Friday 9th December, and we want you to wear Red, Green, full Elf costume or a Christmas jumper and donate a minimum of £1 to help us continue our vital work supporting children’s services across Sussex. In October Rockinghorse launched our 50th anniversary celebrations and our new fundraising initiative... read more

Storage at Nova Direct Mail

Storage at Nova Direct Mail

Posted on 8th December 2016

Yesterday I had a conversation with Andy Fry, MD of Nova Direct Mail, about his large facility in Edward Way. He told me that ” We have an open mind regarding our large facility in Edward Way and I’m happy to consider most options of Storage/Sub Leases for different parts of the unit. Will also consider a joint venture related to Print, Fulfilment or Marketing Services of companies looking to move and share resources.  I’m happy to discuss... read more

About Sussex Gritting Services Ltd

About Sussex Gritting Services Ltd

Posted on 7th December 2016

Earlier this year we had an application to join the BHBPA from ‘Sussex Gritting Services’.  They signed up and became members in June. I spoke to the owner, Piers Bryant, recently, a lovely bloke who is keen to offer help if needed during winter weather. You can read about his service below and decide if you need to contact him for more information as we approach the mid-winter period. Sussex Gritting Services is an established gritting... read more

Free Pop-Up Cinema for Christmas in B Hill

Free Pop-Up Cinema for Christmas in B Hill

Posted on 7th December 2016

Now we’re firmly in December I hope you’re getting into the Christmas spirit!   I just wanted to share with you that The Martlets Shopping Centre will be hosting a FREE pop up Christmas cinema between the 19th and 23rd December once the kids have broken up from school.   Films being shown include Home Alone, Frozen, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Santa Clause and Mickeys Magical Christmas. Films can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-martlets-shopping-centre-12352495403   The... read more

IEP Opens Eastbourne Office

IEP Opens Eastbourne Office

Posted on 7th December 2016

IEP Financial spreads its wings across the South East IEP Financial are pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Eastbourne last week. Having been based in the heart of Hove for the past seventeen years, IEP Financial has now appointed a dedicated Eastbourne Independent Financial Adviser to look after clients in that area. We have strong links with both corporate and personal clients in the Eastbourne area, and are looking forward to... read more

Key Guide to Workplace Pensions

Key Guide to Workplace Pensions

Posted on 6th December 2016

Nudge, nudge… Automatic enrolment has ‘changed the UK workplace forever,’ according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. Over six million people working for over 200,000 employers have started to save via a workplace pension as a result of automatic enrolment, with more to come between now and February 2018. No employer – however small – can afford to ignore these changes. This radical pension reform got underway in October... read more

Letter from Secretary of State

Letter from Secretary of State

Posted on 5th December 2016

Dear Colleague, GREEN PAPER ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REFORM I am today publishing a green paper on corporate governance reform. A copy of the paper is enclosed, and I am also placing copies in the libraries of the House. Responses are invited by 17th February 2017. The UK has a deserved reputation as a dependable and confident place in which to do business. Our legal system, our framework of company law and our standards of corporate governance have... read more

Levy Payments for Apprenticeships

Levy Payments for Apprenticeships

Posted on 5th December 2016

How will the apprenticeship levy affect your business and how can you turn a mandatory payroll (tax)/deduction into a business advantage by investing in your employees. At Rewards Training we deliver Apprenticeships in a variety of sectors including Business/Management, Hospitality and Health & Social Care. Our expertise on current apprenticeship funding and our insight into the future of levy funding, as well as changes to the apprenticeship... read more

Big New Contract for Time 24

Big New Contract for Time 24

Posted on 5th December 2016

Burgess Hill based Contract Manufacturer Time 24 have signed a contract worth £6 million to supply electronics and wiring on a new fleet of trains on London’s Crossrail  project. This will bring the number of UK Rail carriages worked on by Time 24 to over 9000 in the past twenty years. The trains will enter sevice in 2017 and is part of a major programme of investment by the Government in the UK Rail Industry. Time 24 Managing Director (pictured)... read more

Lea Graham Celebrates 30th

Lea Graham Celebrates 30th

Posted on 1st December 2016

Big 30 marks new direction for PR agency One of the longest-established PR agencies in Sussex has marked its 30th anniversary by announcing a new direction for the company at a celebration for colleagues and friends. The public relations and entertainment agency, established in 1986 by Susan Fleet in Burgess Hill, ushered in its fourth decade in style at Great Ote Hall in Wivelsfield, as a special guest of Carola Godman Irvine. A showcase of the best... read more

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Posted on 1st December 2016

Small businesses and customers in West Sussex can both benefit from Small Business Saturday on 3rd December. All kinds of small businesses can get involved, including family firms, local shops, online businesses, wholesalers, business services and small manufacturers. Businesses can visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com to get a free listing of their business, marketing pack and more. Customers can also visit the website where they can search the... read more

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Testimonials

"“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.""

Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)

"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."

The Hon Nicholas Soames MP

"“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! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"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. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)