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.
"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."
"“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! ” "
"“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”"
""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""