Posted on 22nd February 2018
On Wednesday this week we met for a BHBPA Members event at a new venue, the home of long standing member KDG. The company was set up almost thirty years ago by Martin Wright, an ex pupil of Oakmeeds School, who two years ago stepped down into retirement to allow others to continue his fine work.
Kieran Collins, another ex Oakmedian, is now one of four guys who now run the company, and they have done a fine job of moving with the times to create an much more streamlined business better suited to survive in a very competitive market.
The BHBPA members were invited to have a look around the new marketing suite they have designed and created, whilst doing some networking and partaking of the fabulous spread of refreshments they had provided.
Around 25 members came along, including of course the new Chair, listened to a couple of brief presentations, including one concerning loans for business from John O’Connor, from Primary Business Finance, and then got on with the business of networking.
Kieran, the Sales Director, explained briefly the company’s journey over the last decade and was quite rightly proud of the progress made. It is another case of a company looking outwards and understanding the changes going on around and adjusting to them accordingly. Until quite recently most of the windows, frames and structures sold were actually made on the premises, but that is now not the case. The company is still a very large presence in Burgess Hill and Mid Sussex, and the future looks bright as they adapt to a rapidly changing world.
It was a great opportunity for me to chat with members, some of whom were new to the BHBPA and others new to events. We thank Kieran and the management of Keymer Double Glazing for their splendid efforts on Wednesday and wish them continuing success with their business.
"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."
"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 am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"“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! ” "