News (June 2017)

Ten2Two Survey – Key Findings

Ten2Two Survey – Key Findings

Posted on 29th June 2017

Here at Ten2Two Sussex we are very excited to announce that the results of our Flexible Working Research Survey.  We asked over 250 businesses for their views, and over 1,000 employees with some really interesting results.   Please visit the results here; https://www.ten2two.org/location/sussex/  Key findings Things have changed for the better over the last 10 years but it seems there’s still work to do.  91% of employers feeling that attitudes... read more

BHCC News – 26-6-17

BHCC News – 26-6-17

Posted on 29th June 2017

26 June 2017 Senior cricket Tables – Fixtures First XI – played out an entertaining draw at Bexhill 2nd XI. After losing 23 overs to rain Bexhill were asked to bat and scored a competative 180-8 from 41 overs. Joe Maskell taking 4-65 from 16 overs and Peter Billinghay 2-49 also from 16 overs. Hill were always behind the required pace until 62 quick runs from Ben Hopkins gave them hope. When he was out Hill settled for a draw and blocked... read more

Flexible Working at Hickstead Hotel

Flexible Working at Hickstead Hotel

Posted on 28th June 2017

On Wednesday this week the BHBPA gang re-convened at Hickstead Hotel for breakfast. On a dull cloudy morning with rain threatening Hickstead Hotel offered a very warm welcome to me at 7.20am. Parking was easy and the Courtyard Suite was already set out for members when I arrived. The first guest to arrive was John Hopkins, of Bluetone, the telecommunications company, which joined very recently. Our conversation very quickly turned to sport, as he... read more

Help Southway School when you shop

Help Southway School when you shop

Posted on 28th June 2017

The Home School Association at Southway Junior School in Burgess Hill (the parent fundraising committee) are raising funds for completion of the sensory garden project.  We have recently been lucky enough to be nominated for the Tesco Bags of Help blue token scheme, and the Waitrose green token scheme.  Both schemes will be running in stores from 1st July 2017 and wondered if local businesses would be kind enough to support the local school when... read more

Music fit for a Queen

Music fit for a Queen

Posted on 27th June 2017

Music fit for a Queen Young musicians from all over Sussex will compete for a prestigious music bursary next month, as part of the Coro Nuovo ‘Music & Monarchy’ concert. The choir, founded five years ago by Catherine Kent and international tenor Andrew Rees, has selected four aspiring musicians to vie for its Young Musician of the Year Competition following auditions in early June. Ayla Sahin (violin), Claire Ward (soprano), Gideon Brooks... read more

Coast to Capital Business Plan

Coast to Capital Business Plan

Posted on 27th June 2017

Coast to Capital will be formally launching our 2017/18 Business Plan at our Partnership Board meeting at the end of this month.  The Business Plan sets out the work we intend to deliver over the coming year and highlights our priorities which include innovation, skills, infrastructure, business support, trade, housing and destination management.  We will be renewing our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) this year and this meeting will be the start... read more

Posted on 21st June 2017

‘Clearly Vizible’ are the official 2017 sponsors of Sussex Thunder, an American Football Team in Brighton. You can see from the attached photo they look incredibly good wearing our name!  We have also brought them luck this season with 7 wins, 3 more until they reach the championships! We wish them all the best of luck continuing their winning streak. The Sussex Thunder are an American football team from the England based in Brighton, Sussex.... read more

High Quality Office Furniture for sale

High Quality Office Furniture for sale

Posted on 21st June 2017

“Due to office refurbishment, EAO in Albert Drive have surplus office furniture that they would like to sell for a minimal price. Mainly filing cabinets and cupboards in beech / oak wood. Very high quality. They also have surplus offices which will be available to rent from September onwards. Please call Alex or Richard on 01444 236000” ... read more

MSDC Economic Development Policy Meeting

MSDC Economic Development Policy Meeting

Posted on 21st June 2017

On Tuesday evening this week a number of interested BHBPA members gathered at TKC to hear from MSDC about their proposed new economic development strategy. The last policy document was put together in 2013, and so a new five year plan is necessary and the key strategists wanted some input from the business community. Hence they asked me to set up this meeting. Fourteen interested parties turned up. Sally Blomfield, recently appointed Head of Economic... read more

Rockwell Collins Hosts Student Engineers

Rockwell Collins Hosts Student Engineers

Posted on 21st June 2017

“Rockwell Collins UK hosts ‘Introduce a Student to Engineering’ days for local schoolchildren”   “Local children fly F-35 simulator during ‘Introduce a Student to Engineer’ day at Rockwell Collins UK.”   On 14th and 15th June 2017 Rockwell Collins hosted two ‘Introduce a Student to Engineering’ days at their Simulation & Training Centre of Excellence in Burgess Hill, UK. This is the third year that the company have... read more

Burgess Hill Green Circle Network

Burgess Hill Green Circle Network

Posted on 21st June 2017

Dear Peter, It was good meeting you last Tuesday at the B H Sustainable Transport event. My apologies for not forwarding the promised details sooner, in the hope that some of your members would prove supportive, but here they are now. It occurred to me that it could be very useful for a start if your members actually became members of our group for the very modest sum of £6 per year per business. This would ensure that they received a 12 p A4 full... read more

New Chamber President

New Chamber President

Posted on 21st June 2017

New President of Worthing & Adur Chamber Appointed   Chris Coopey, Partner and Practice Director of MHA Carpenter Box, has been appointed as the new President of the Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Peter Bennett who has led the Chamber as President for the last 14 Years.   Chris has had enjoyed a variety of careers, initially in design engineering, before moving on as a telecommunications engineer and during this time,... read more

Tongue Tied South East

Tongue Tied South East

Posted on 15th June 2017

Tongue Tied South East – Your local Translation Services Agency www.tongue-tied-se.co.uk Is your business suffering from the current post Election uncertainty, wondering what else can possibly be thrown at you? Well we decided it was a good time to help our clients and prospective clients. As a local provider of translation and other related language services, with a track record of 30 years in the business and a recent winner of Best UK Translation... read more

A Peek into Alexander Rose

A Peek into Alexander Rose

Posted on 15th June 2017

On Monday morning this week Paul Shearing and I visited Alexander Rose, the company at the bottom of Victoria Road with the large chair outside, at the request of Mike Brand, the Financial Director there. Alexander Rose was formed in 1994, by a Danish guy, Borge Leth, and the Pepera’s,  a wealthy Ghanaian family, to sell garden furniture to the UK market, from their extensive factory in West Africa. The Pepera family remained 100% shareholders... read more

Another Win for Sussex

Another Win for Sussex

Posted on 15th June 2017

Wells stars again as Sussex victorious An unbeaten 90 from in-form Luke Wells guided Sussex to a five-wicket win over Leicestershire at Grace Road on Monday, our second successive win in the Specsavers County Championship. Wells, who was 27 not out overnight, received solid support from Stiaan van Zyl in compiling a partnership of 70 for the fourth wicket. Neither batsman took unnecessary risks, though Wells did go to his half-century in style, hitting... read more

Another Defeat for BHCC

Another Defeat for BHCC

Posted on 15th June 2017

Newsletter 13 June 2017 #73 Senior cricket Tables – Fixtures First XI – lost by three wickets in the final over at Roffey. Tom Penfold hit a brilliant 64 in tough batting conditions as Hill posted a respectable 180 all out in the final over. In reply early wickets restricted Roffey, with returning Ian Simpson taking three as Hill looked set to win at 73-6. But Roffey rallied and a combination of good batting, dropped catches and a short... read more

Vote now for Time 4 Children

Vote now for Time 4 Children

Posted on 15th June 2017

Sainsbury’s    Local Charity of the Year We are delighted that the staff at Sainsbury’s, Bannister Way, Haywards Heath have chosen Time 4 Children as one of three local charities that customers can vote for to be Sainsbury’s new Charity Partner for 2017! Since 2005 we have made a huge difference to the lives of more than 750 local children aged between 4 and 12, by giving each and every one of them the long-term 1:1 Emotional Listening Support... read more

Charity Saving with Nova

Charity Saving with Nova

Posted on 14th June 2017

Every year charities like yours pay more VAT on their campaigns than they need to. Thanks to our new agency agreement with Royal Mail, we can make a significant proportion of postage costs VAT exempt. Our solution ensures the money stays within your charity rather than being passed to HMRC. With a minimum saving of 3p per letter can you afford not to review your options? Our Contract allows us to charge VAT on the transportation to Royal Mail delivery... read more

Electric Bikes the Way Forward

Electric Bikes the Way Forward

Posted on 14th June 2017

On Tuesday evening this week the BHBPA joined with the Sustainable Business Partnership to put on an event at the Martlets Hall. The focus was squarely on what we can do locally to promote sustainable methods of transport. An audience of 30 or so interested parties gathered to hear several speakers. Rachel Crisp, from Mid Sussex District Council, gave us an idea of the challenges facing the Mid Sussex community as a result of changes over the next... read more

Unit for Rent

Unit for Rent

Posted on 8th June 2017

BBA will be relocating to Worthing at the end of the month, so therefore we will have our unit on Bolney Grange available for rent. It’s on Bolney Grange Business Park and has is 1840 sq ft internally with a mezzanine floor for offices. Outside is 2000 sq ft with parking for up to 18 cars. We are looking for £20,000 per annum. We ideally would like a long term occupancy. Regards James Butcher Director BBA   ... read more

Employers at Central Sussex Open Evening

Employers at Central Sussex Open Evening

Posted on 8th June 2017

Central Sussex College Welcomes Employers to its Open Evening   Central Sussex College welcomed local employers, along with prospective students and apprentices, to its Open Evening on Wednesday 7 June.   The College’s Business Development Team and Skills Advisers were on hand to talk to employers about the recent changes to Apprenticeships, while the Job Shop explained how they can help with recruitment by matching candidates to local... read more

Help for School Budgets

Help for School Budgets

Posted on 7th June 2017

Generating more income for your School   One of the hot topics highlighted during in the general election has been the issue of school funding.   According to many in the profession, funding has become so critical that almost 3,000 head teachers across 14 counties in the UK wrote to parents outlining the current financial difficulties that all schools are now facing so that they could raise the issue with prospective parliamentary candidates.   Indeed,... read more

Tough Talk at Metall

Tough Talk at Metall

Posted on 7th June 2017

Policies not initiatives. Tough talk at METALL   The latest meeting of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Alliance (METALL) took a long look at the Skills Gap facing businesses trying to grow despite the scarcity of candidates . More than 60 attendees from Sussex-based SMEs and the education sector heard from Sir John O’Reilly, Chairman of the ERA Foundation, Maggie Philbin OBE, CEO and co-founder of Teen Tech and Professor Andrew Lloyd,... read more

Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum

Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum

Posted on 7th June 2017

Gatwick Diamond Economic Forum The Gatwick Diamond – the next 15 years 15th June 2017   Event on next week – June 15 Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum 2017 June 15, 2017, Arora Hotel Crawley The Gatwick Diamond – the next 15 years There’s still time to save on your booking for the Key Business Event of the Year. The Early Bird discount deadline has been extended to Friday May 26! Book Now At this, the fifth annual Gatwick... read more

New Home Coffee House Open

New Home Coffee House Open

Posted on 7th June 2017

Welcome HOME! This month sees a new business open on the Burgess Hill Business Park – HOME Coffee House has opened its doors. Located within The King’s Centre building (the bright blue one!), this new Coffee House, with its mix of contemporary and industrial décor gives a warm and welcoming place on the business park to come and enjoy a quality, artisan coffee and grab a bite to eat. From Americanos to cappuccinos, lattes to espressos... read more

New Sponsor for Sussex Cricket

New Sponsor for Sussex Cricket

Posted on 7th June 2017

Boundless to sponsor 2017 NatWest T20 Blast shirt Sussex Cricket are delighted to announce that Boundless are their new shirt sponsors for this season’s NatWest T20 Blast competition. Boundless, who help Civil Servants and Public Sector workers get the most out of their free time, will have their logo proudly displayed on Sussex Sharks’ new NatWest T20 Blast shirt, which was officially launched at The 1st Central County Ground. Boundless are based... read more

Sustainable Travel Event next week

Sustainable Travel Event next week

Posted on 7th June 2017

Sustainable Travel 13th June 2017, 16:30 – 19:00 Free to attend- book your place The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC is pleased to invite you to our Sustainable Travel Event which will be taking place on 13th June 2017 16:30 – 19:30 at Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN Exhibition The event will include an exhibition where you can test ride electric bikes from Cycleshack and you will be able see 100% electric cars from Barnard &... read more

BHCC News – 3-4 June

BHCC News – 3-4 June

Posted on 7th June 2017

Senior cricket Tables – Fixtures First XI – lost by six wickets to a Pagham side that had started the season strongly. Hill fell from 128-6 to 129 all out despite Kev Ramsay scoring 76 not out. This was nowhere enough and Pagham chased with little difficulty inside 22 overs. Report. Second XI – lost by just 11 runs away to Ansty on Saturday. Bowling first a balanced attack restricted Ansty to 198-8 from 45 overs. Akeem Ifill took 4-32... read more

Twitter Seminar

Twitter Seminar

Posted on 1st June 2017

If you think you need a helping hand to get to grips with Twitter, a powerful social media marketing tool, come and join us for a practical, applied learning session where you can network in person over a tasty breakfast with other like-minded professionals. Join us at our half day learning session on and learn top Twitter tips from expert marketer Liz Barnes. Date:     14th June 2017 Time:    09:00 Breakfast and face to face networking 09:10... read more

Abcom at Community Core

Abcom at Community Core

Posted on 1st June 2017

Top IT players ABCOM sponsor Burgess Hill FC and Lewes RFC ABCOM IT Solutions, based in Burgess Hill, is very much at the core of community life. Working with local businesses across the South East, the company makes IT their business. Enthusiastic about all things sport,  they regularly offer their ongoing support to community groups and good causes. ABCOM are a community-spirited business proud to have sponsored Burgess Hill Football Club, and... read more

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"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)

"“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)