Posted on 13th September 2017
The BHBPA event this week took place on Wednesday at Porsche Mid Sussex, where more than forty members, potential members and friends came along, drawn in large part no doubt by the name of Porsche and the beautiful cars.
The attendance was fantastic given the rain showers which came and went through the afternoon and evening. I welcomed everyone to the event and then introduced Andy Crabb, the General Manager, and invited him to tell us about the business. He spoke briefly about the history of the car and the Mid Sussex centre, explaining why the cars are such good value and why people see them as an investment. Business is good, and demand for the cars is high. They sell around 320 used cars and 370 new cars on average each year from this showroom. The cars themselves are beautiful objects, sleek and powerful, constructed with the finest German engineering. It’s not surprising that people are fascinated by them and astonished at their prices to buy.
Andy also mentioned the fact that, like all other motor manufacturers, Porsche is looking to the future and developing hybrid and electric cars, so that by the 2020s they will be ready to maintain their standing amongst the very finest of modern car makers.
John Ward from Substop was introduced and told the gathering about the new venture in Burgess Hill, from which they had brought the food essential to aid the networking. It was delicious, and I think members were impressed. We then relaxed, wandered around the cars, checking prices and networking with friends old and new. It was a lovely atmosphere of unhurried chatter and fun. About a dozen went out and test drove one of the cars. They all came back with a smile.
After two hours there were still small groups enjoying the food, the networking and the venue. By 7.15 we had all left after thanking the staff at Porsche for their generous hospitality. Most people seemed to think it had been a very useful and successful event.
"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 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."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"