Posted on 28th September 2017
Twenty four members and friends turned up at PVL on Wednesday evening this week to enjoy the good company of other members and to hear about the fantastic success of the Preview Group. We were treated to home made cupcakes, which were delicious, and a healthy assortment of fruit juices while we listened and tried to absorb the details of what exactly goes on in this fantastic asset to the business parks of Burgess Hill.
We heard short presentations from Wes, from Adrian, from Therese and lastly from Will about the workings of the three companies involved on site. Preview provide the BHBPA newsletter system and work with many other companies on website design. Art D’Signs provide many kinds of signage for businesses and councils all over Sussex – indeed the signs at the business park entrances were designed and produced by Art D’Signs.
For many of the guests the real attraction was the incredible production line of wraps for emergency vehicles which is PVL UK. We saw at work the huge machines which do the marking, measuring and cutting of the luminous materials used to light up emergency vehicles all over the country. This company in Burgess Hill incredibly wraps over 50% of the emergency vehicles ( ‘the bluelight sector’) in the UK, dealing with thousands of emergency service vehicles every year. They have distributors in Belgium and Sweden, a presence in other Euro countries and now a direct sales office in the Middle East.
Founder and MD Nick Broom spotted possible demand for similar production on vehicles in the Middle East. For the past two years he has spent time in Abu Dhabi setting up an arm of the business in that part of the world. He was unable to join us for the evening on Wednesday because he was in Algeria on business.
As usual, the members were sociable and friendly, chatting away and absorbed by this peek inside another business. A great deal of networking went on as people mingled and exchanged details.
Our thanks go to the staff at PVL for hosting the event and for allowing us to get a glimpse of the excellent work they do here. Several members mentioned to me on the evening that they had used PVL for wrapping vans or that they would like to get a van wrapped, so there is still much business to be done locally.
"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."
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"“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.”"