Posted on 19th October 2017
Last Tuesday I was pleased to attend in my BHBPA uniform the MSDC event at the King’s Centre which featured a number of exhibition stands including the three Business Associations. The event was very slick and well organised by the Rose Media Group with Elaine in charge on the day. Even Kevin Byrne commented on how well run the event was and in particular how welcome he had been made to feel.
Kevin was the principal speaker among six, and his presentation was of great interest for a number of reasons. He is the guy who left school without qualifications and made his fortune by having a great idea and, as he emphasised, by taking risks to achieve his goals. Essentially while washing windows in Selsey he realised that there were no checks and balances on working people who came into town to make a fast buck after a storm had caused damage to properties. He worked on the idea and finally came up with a system of reviews which effectively provide a check on tradespeople and a safety net for the general public to use. It is called Checkatrade, Brilliant! He also seemed like he’s still a normal, down to earth guy, despite his commercial success, which I find especially pleasing.
Other speakers dealt with such issues as cyber security, crowdfunding, use of video in social media and the digital skills gap. The exhibition was a chance for me to recruit another possible two members for the BHBPA, so it was useful in that way too. Even better, I have this week used Checkatrade for the first time to find a plumber and he did a very good job of refitting a waste pipe.
"“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.""
"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."
"“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”"
"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."