Posted on 6th December 2017
On Monday this week members and friends gathered for the last time this year at the Woolpack. The objectives were several; we wanted to celebrate Christmas, we wanted to raise some money for St Peter & St James Hospice and we wanted to show our thanks to Paul Shearing, the outgoing Chairman of the BHBPA.
Around 40 people showed up for a drink and a chat, and most were enticed by the delicious sausage rolls and mince pies laid on by Lance, the Landlord. As for the atmosphere, it was delightful as friends chatted around the bar under the Christmas decorations. Lance told me that one hundred hours of staff time had gone into putting them up, and they are magnificent.
The Coordinator of the BHBPA said a few words of praise and thanks to Paul Shearing for his efforts over the last three years, before presenting him with a splendid tankard which will be a permanent reminder of his time as Chairman.
Two raffle prizes were drawn and the winners, Richard Strange of Travel Counsellors and Steve Willis of Steve Willis Training, went home with a well stocked hamper from Ridgeview Wine Estate. I have to say that it was very pleasant to have the time to be able to chat effortlessly over a drink with so many interesting members.
Thanks to all those who made the effort to come along and help make it a successful event.
"Regular, well organised events, excellent updates and information by email along with a warm welcome from the Chair and Coordinator are just some of the positives at BHBPA."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"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."