Posted on 30th March 2017
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 tasks.
Student presentations were judged by a panel of three: Susan, Sally Brown from Gatwick Diamond Business and Laura Klair from KPMG.
Competitors from Hurstpierpoint College, Warden Park Academy, Imberhorne School, Burgess Hill School, The College of Richard Collyer, Farlington School, Millais School, and Worth School took part in the event – with GlowB, a product designed by pupils at Hurstpierpoint College, winning the majority.
Susan said: “It was lovely to see Sussex youngsters thriving as entrepreneurs – Young Enterprise really gives them a great opportunity to learn about business from a young age. Judging from these competitors, it’s clear that Sussex business is looking towards a very bright future.”
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"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 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. "
"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."