News (March 2017)

Paul Helps Vera on 100th Birthday

Paul Helps Vera on 100th Birthday

Posted on 30th March 2017

Paul Noble BHBPA member and photographer Paul Noble had an unforgettable experience recently, when he helped Dame Vera Lynn connect with her old school, Brampton Primary in East Ham, on her 100th birthday. Paul set up his equipment in Dame Vera’s sitting room and used Skype to broadcast her image to excited school children, who then had the chance to sing Happy Birthday, as well as cover versions of the Forces’ Sweetheart’s famous songs. Over... read more

Hurst Takes Young Enterprise Victory

Hurst Takes Young Enterprise Victory

Posted on 30th March 2017

Young Enterprise BHBPA director Susan Fleet acted as one of the judges of the Young Enterprise awards at the Martlets Hall last week. She’s been judging the competitionon behalf of the BHBPA for more than a decade, and is always impressed by the professionalism, entrepreneurship and talent on display. The competition requires students to set up their own company, do their own book-keeping, create their own website, and complete many more business-related... read more

Gauntlet Games for Donkeys

Gauntlet Games for Donkeys

Posted on 29th March 2017

“Have some fun this summer”!   Join Safe Haven for Donkeys for the Gauntlet Games. A 5k inflatable obstacle course that will have you laughing all the way round! We have 20 places available but they will go fast so book yours now!   This is your chance to become a gameshow hero. HOW · 5k course · Join as group or individual, no mim/max numbers · Real Gladiators · Huge rope swing onto an air bag to finish in true Gladiator style ·... read more

Summer Ball Fundraiser for CT

Summer Ball Fundraiser for CT

Posted on 29th March 2017

My name is Sam and I am writing to you today from a local charity I work for as an apprentice called CT Sussex that helps disadvantaged people by providing much needed transport to prevent them becoming isolated. We are a local community transport charity, comprising 3 individual charities, Crawley Community Transport, Bluebird Community Partnership and Horsham District Community Transport. Our charities help those that are in need of accessible transport,... read more

Calling All Engineering Companies

Calling All Engineering Companies

Posted on 29th March 2017

Calling Engineering Companies Downlands School in Hassocks are desperately looking for placements for Work Experience in Engineering for their current Year 10 students. Can you help? They need places during the week July 17th – 21st.  If you make products, use machinery, produce items made out of wood or metal, you may well be able to help. It is very important that students who have an interest in engineering should be encouraged to pursue... read more

PA’s at The Lingfield Marriot

PA’s at The Lingfield Marriot

Posted on 29th March 2017

Mid Sussex PAs, EAs, VAs & Offices Managers are pleased to announce that our next meeting will take place at the wonderful Lingfield Racecourse Marriott Hotel on Monday 8th May from 5.30pm.  These meetings are free to attend.  You can reserve your place here:  https://goo.gl/Bhfr8u   The hotel has a convenient location, just 15 minutes from Haywards Heath, and just 10 miles from Gatwick Airport.  Experience the UK’s first racecourse,... read more

Welcome to PC Tamers

Welcome to PC Tamers

Posted on 28th March 2017

PC Tamers stop people throwing their computers out of the window. Most of us have had that “I’m going to throw this thing out of the window!”, moment with our computers. We stop people from having those moments by providing Microsoft Office training, support and automation.   We have provided Microsoft training and support for, among others, Philips Electronics; Chandler-Chicco (PR) Agency; STIHL; McArthur Glenn; The Banana Producers Association... read more

Space to let

Space to let

Posted on 23rd March 2017

At Nova Direct Mail we now have some space which could be useful for a company looking for storage space for pallets or boxes. Woolovers are consolidating their storage into their unit at the end of March which means we have space available to rent out.   We’re flexible with the type of goods that we can store but would suit a company looking to outsource their pick and pack fulfilment.   I have attached pictures with stock in place... read more

Fraud and the Elderly

Fraud and the Elderly

Posted on 23rd March 2017

Sorry this programme went out on 23rd March, but there is plenty of interesting stuff here … Join us online and take part at Listen Live, the first ever Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s Summit to examine fraud and elder exploitation – tonight, Thursday 23rd March from 6.30pm. Tonight the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, will be launching the first of four Summits based on the key priorities within her... read more

Speed Daters Win Quiz

Speed Daters Win Quiz

Posted on 22nd March 2017

A team of super boffin accountants came along to the quiz on Tuesday evening and on their first visit had the temerity to win it. They were from Blackman Terry in Bolney, but quizzing under the name of “We thought it was speed dating”! Particularly galling for me was that two of them were ex-Oakmedians whom I remembered. I wish I could claim to have taught them all they know!! Well done to them all; it was a great effort and the painstaking... read more

Consort Recruiting

Consort Recruiting

Posted on 21st March 2017

Consort Frozen Foods are currently recruiting. Do you know anyone who is looking for work? Or someone at university or college looking for a summer job? We are currently recruiting for Sales Executives, Storeman, 3.5t and 7.5t delivery drivers. Please email becky@consort.lls.com with your CV.   ... read more

Accommodation Available

Accommodation Available

Posted on 21st March 2017

‘Accommodation available in Hurstpierpoint. Newly furnished large double room with private bathroom and use of all facilities, in a lovely bright newly built house to the North of the Village near the College. Cleaning, linen, and some midweek breakfasts/cooking potentially available. Might suit local companies wanting convenient accommodation for visiting staff; a mid-week room for local business people, or a conventional home-share. Quiet,... read more

Senior Solicitor at Kingston Smith

Senior Solicitor at Kingston Smith

Posted on 21st March 2017

  Kingston Smith bolsters legal team with senior solicitor appointment Kingston Smith, the top 20 firm of chartered accountants and business advisers with an office in Redhill, is pleased to announce the appointment of Vida McShane as senior solicitor. Vida’s appointment will further strengthen the current legal service offering within the multi-disciplinary accountancy firm. Vida has more than a decade’s experience in acting for owner managed... read more

Chance Meeting Funds Kit

Chance Meeting Funds Kit

Posted on 21st March 2017

Fundraising conversion for Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers   Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers converted a try this month as they successfully supported Peacehaven Community School’s bid to raise funds for new rugby kit.   Geoff Stanbridge, Commercial Account Executive for the Burgess Hill-based insurance brokers, came up with the idea after meeting Tom Monk, a PE teacher from his son’s school, by coincidence at a business networking... read more

Course from Sutton Winson

Course from Sutton Winson

Posted on 21st March 2017

Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers are holding a 4 day IOSH Managing Safely course on 22 & 23 May and 1 & 2 June in their Burgess Hill office for all the local businesses.   The course is designed for managers and supervisors to give them a robust understanding of their responsibilities for Health & Safety and culminates in an exam and special project with successful candidates gaining a nationally recognised qualification.... read more

Choice of Venue for BHBiz

Choice of Venue for BHBiz

Posted on 21st March 2017

At the end of last year we were delighted to announce that the BHBiz Awards would be held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton. We are aware that some members were, like us,  disappointed initially that we were not able to find a suitable venue in Mid Sussex,  and we thought it might  be helpful to explain the rationale behind our decision.   As we started planning the awards, we searched for a venue that met all our criteria – prestige, easy... read more

BHBiz Award Sponsors

BHBiz Award Sponsors

Posted on 16th March 2017

Sponsors announced for inaugural Burgess Hill Business Awards Burgess Hill Business Parks Association has announced a slate of sponsors ahead of its inaugural BHBiz Awards. The networking association’s first ever business awards ceremony will showcase the diverse services offered by its members, with flowers provided by Rosanne Florists, a media logo wall created by Fresh Display, logos by Preview and videography by Paul Noble Photographic. Other... read more

BITE  Conference 2017

BITE Conference 2017

Posted on 15th March 2017

BITE – an event aimed at helping you work on your business, not in it!   ‘Entrepreneurial’ is easier said than spelt, but what does it mean? BITE 2017 aims to answer that question amongst a whole host of others as it explores and educates Sussex-based businesses around the theme of making business better.   One of the keynote speakers at the event will be Marnus Broodryk, who is a shark in ‘Shark Tank’ – the South African equivalent... read more

Positive Placements

Positive Placements

Posted on 15th March 2017

YMCA Positive Placements   A local project called YMCA Positive Placements part of YMCA DownsLink Group running in Mid Sussex needs your help!   We recruit and train volunteer mentors to support young people on their journey towards education, employment or training. We also work with local organisations to create opportunities and placements for our young people.   Mentors can support young people to identify and overcome any barriers that they... read more

Partner Underlines Need for Investment Stategies

Partner Underlines Need for Investment Stategies

Posted on 15th March 2017

Will ‘Thematic’ Investments Drive Growth in 2017? Investors looking for equity growth in the Brexit and Trump era should consider ‘theme-based’ opportunities rather than focusing too heavily on broad financial markets, according to Sanjay Rijhsinghani, Partner at LGT Vestra. He was speaking at an investment and tax seminar in Horsham organised by Sussex-based Carpenter Box Wealth Management. Sanjay said company earnings in the third quarter... read more

New Head of Sales at Kingston Smith

New Head of Sales at Kingston Smith

Posted on 15th March 2017

Kingston Smith supports growth plans with Head of Sales appointment   Kingston Smith LLP, the top 20 firm of chartered accountants and business advisers with an office in Redhill, is pleased to announce the appointment of Francis Mainoo as Head of Sales.   A highly-skilled UK & International Sales and Business Developer, Francis has nearly two decades of experience in financial and professional services. His expertise includes delivering... read more

Wellbeing Event

Wellbeing Event

Posted on 15th March 2017

We would like to invite you to come along to our free Health & Wellbeing network meeting next month.   The Health and Wellbeing network meets every quarter to talk about specific health related topics and service options in Mid Sussex. For example we have hosted networks on mental health provision, Weight management services and Housing services.  The network is a group of around 200 members from different statutory and voluntary services... read more

Shredded Neat Doing Something Right

Shredded Neat Doing Something Right

Posted on 15th March 2017

Earlier this week I went out to the Ditchling Trading Estate to meet Tony Hadley, who now heads up the company called Shredded Neat. I met him outside the spacious building in which they do their work, and luckily for me it was quite a calm period for them. I met Mike, who was supervising the shredder, and Tess who works in the office. Both were very pleasant and accommodating. Then Mark showed me the shredder they bought for £60k and talked me through... read more

Murder at Ridgeview

Murder at Ridgeview

Posted on 9th March 2017

“Murder at Ridgeview” A short film commissioned by iconic Brighton tailor Gresham Blake for the SS17 collection. Ridgeview were lucky enough to be part of a very exciting collaboration recently. Commissioned by iconic Brighton tailor Gresham Blake, written by best-selling crime author Peter James & narrated by the one and only Ray Winstone, this was an opportunity we couldn’t miss! With special appearance by Ridgeview’s friends... read more

Marathon Run for Children

Marathon Run for Children

Posted on 9th March 2017

Running the Brighton Marathon for local charity Time 4 Children On April 9th Stephen Payne will be running the Brighton Marathon to raise money for the fantastic local charity, Time4Children. The charity helps emotionally vulnerable children aged between 4 and 12 right here in mid Sussex. www.time4children.org.uk Vicky Chalmers of Time 4 Children said: ‘Time 4 Children is immensely grateful to Stephen and we will be there cheering him on. Without... read more

So Will the Chancellor be Sacked?

So Will the Chancellor be Sacked?

Posted on 8th March 2017

Budget 2017 – So will the Chancellor be sacked? Posted on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 in Business Tax 0 Comments The Chancellor’s humour today peppered around some dry, but important, statistics won’t prevent today’s headline being all about the self employed Class 4 national insurance increase from 9% to 10% in April 2018 and 11% from April 2019. The thing about national insurance It’s... read more

Cyber Crime and Small Businesses

Cyber Crime and Small Businesses

Posted on 8th March 2017

MSDC are following up their “Open 4 Business – Digital and You” show last October with some free follow up workshops on digital items of interest to small businesses. The first of these will be held on Wednesday 19th April, 2017 from 4pm – 6pm at the Council offices in Haywards Heath on the subject of “Understanding Cybercrime for Small Businesses – Ignorance is no Defence”. Attendance at the workshop is free to small businesses based... read more

News From BH Academy

News From BH Academy

Posted on 8th March 2017

Revision with Pizza It has been another exciting term for The Burgess Hill Academy English department and students. 97 of our year 11 learners got to enjoy a Papa John’s pizza as part of our ‘Pizza Club’ reward scheme. Over the past term students have been studying hard and attending the weekly revision sessions, earning a slice of pizza per session, and on Tuesday got to enjoy the fruits of their labour in pizza form. Throughout the course... read more

Matt Accepts Award for Ridgeview

Matt Accepts Award for Ridgeview

Posted on 8th March 2017

 Ridgeview named Viticulture Grower of the Year Ridgeview has been proclaimed as Viticulture Grower of the Year in Horticulture Week’s Annual Grower of the Year Awards. Hosted at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the awards gathered over 500 professionals to celebrate the very best of UK production horticulture. As proof of how far the English wine industry has progressed Grower of the Year Awards introduced a category for Viticulture for the... read more

Welcome to High Reach Systems

Welcome to High Reach Systems

Posted on 2nd March 2017

High Reach Systems specialises in exterior building cleaning and maintenance services, operating mainly in the SE of England. We clean guttering, windows/glass, render, cladding, brickwork and solar panels. We use the latest reach & wash system delivering hot, purified water to clean windows, cladding, fascias, UPVC and solar panels. When cleaning algae from render, we use a combination of reach & wash and our low pressure, high temperature... read more

25 Years of Burgess Hill Bike Ride

25 Years of Burgess Hill Bike Ride

Posted on 2nd March 2017

From simple beginnings in 1993, the Annual Burgess Hill Bike Ride has grown to be a town tradition, attracting hundreds of riders and raising thousands of pounds for local charities.   The Bike Ride was the brainchild of the late Malcolm Stephens who was, at the time, a Burgess Hill Town Councillor and member of the Summer Festival Committee. Malcolm, a keen cyclist, had taken part in the annual London to Brighton cycle ride several times and... read more

BC Flipping for Charity

BC Flipping for Charity

Posted on 2nd March 2017

Flipping great as insurers shell out for charity!   Game for a laugh insurance brokers Bennett Christmas may or may not break a record on Shrove Tuesday – but they’ll sure crack a lot of eggs as they shell out for charity.   Staff at Burgess Hill-based firm Bennett Christmas hatched a plan to see how close they could get to the world pancake tossing record of 140 flips in 60 seconds after Associate Director, Andy Macauley started bringing... read more

Exporting – Understanding the Paperwork

Exporting – Understanding the Paperwork

Posted on 1st March 2017

Exporting – Understanding The Paperwork – The King’s Centre – Burgess Hill – Monday 20 March 2017  0930 – 1630 Export documentation does not only move goods through the supply chain across international borders. Increasingly exporters are required to comply with security, legal and customs requirements, even if they choose to outsource shipping to agents/forwarders or delegate logistics to the buyer under ex-works... read more

Small Business Rates

Small Business Rates

Posted on 1st March 2017

This message is from Gordon Reay, the MSDC  Business Liaison Officer…   There has been a lot of coverage recently in the media about Business Rates. So this seems a good time to remind local small businesses of the availability of SBRR (Small Business Rate Relief) for those who occupy premises with a Rateable Value (RV) of up to £15000. Also to remind those who have not claimed that they can backdate their claim. This relief does have... read more

T20 Tickets on Sale

T20 Tickets on Sale

Posted on 1st March 2017

Join the Sussex Family as the NatWest T20 Blast returns to the 1st Central County Ground. First up at Hove is El Clasicoast, as the Sharks welcome Hampshire for 40 overs of frenetic, fun T20 action. View the fixtures and buy your tickets now. Go first-class at the NatWest T20 Blast with our fantastic hospitality packages. Enjoy a three-course meal and drinks in the comfort of the Focus Group Boundary Rooms and soak up the carnival atmosphere of T20... read more

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""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.""

Dave Farmer, German Translator
(Dave Farmer & Co)

"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)

"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."

Nick Broom, Managing Director
(PVL UK Ltd)

"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