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.
""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.""
"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."
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"“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! ” "