Posted on 6th July 2017
We had a beautiful summer evening this year for the event at Ridgeview Wine Estate, and those 25 or so who came along seemed to be delighted with what they had seen, heard and tasted.
Tamara, as company CEO, took us on the tour and this year we were able once again to walk through the vineyard in splendid late afternoon sunlight. We walked down through a copse to another field of vines, growing perfectly according to Tamara, who is very optimistic about this year’s crop. The hot sun is what they need at this time of year, and we seem to be getting some such days this summer.
It was as always a friendly and appreciative crowd who came for the tour, and a lot of easy networking took place amongst them. Back at the central buildings we went inside for a tour of the winemaking facility, and Tamara took us through all the separate processes needed to ensure a perfect end product. As the company grows, so new and automative equipment is required to facilitate more wine production. They are now producing more than 200,000 bottles per year and they have new buildings on the way to cope with their expansion.
Few people demurred when she suggested we go up to the tasting room, and once there we were treated to three different types of their six main products. As the sparkling wine went down so the hubbub became louder and everyone seemed to enjoy it thoroughly. We had a good turnout in particular from Vega and from Bennett Oakley. By 7pm it was time to head off. I thanked Tamara and Estie for their work in putting this event on for the BHBPA and left for home. Ridgeview is a fine asset for Burgess Hill and the Business Parks Association, and long may our friendship continue.
Thanks to all those who came along. I hope you will see the photos I took on the website.
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"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."
"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."