Posted on 2nd November 2017
Last Monday’s Steering Group meeting, the last one of the year, culminated in a rather sad development in that Paul Shearing told the group of his intention to retire from his office as BHBPA Chairman at the end of the year.
Paul, who runs very successfully the Autowise group of garages in Sussex, has been Chairperson for nearly three years now, a year longer than the constitutional requirement. He was persuaded to do an extra year on the grounds that he enjoyed doing the job and made a really good fist of it as well. I have enjoyed a great friendship with him during this time and I have to say he has been an absolute star in giving generously of his time, his experience and his services for the cause of the BHBPA.
Paul has a fundamentally sound approach to all matters. He works very hard, treats everyone with respect and is always positive, kind and generous towards others. He has been inventive, inclusive and hard working as Chair, always trying to devise new ways in which the organisation could benefit the members or could come together as a social group. There is no doubt that several of the recent exhibitions, and most certainly the BHBiz Awards event last May, benefited enormously from Paul’s ideas and his determination to do things properly, and yet to incorporate some fun into it all. The BHBPA has undoubtedly benefited from his wisdom and experience of the business world.
Luckily for us he isn’t going far and will still be around for a while to help out where needed and also to be a key member of the Steering Group. Meanwhile the Directors will be on the search for a replacement …
Other issues discussed at the meeting were
"“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! ” "
"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."
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."
"“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.”"