Posted on 19th April 2018
Spotlight on women at Burgess Hill Means Business
The Burgess Hill Business Parks Association (BHBPA) will shine a spotlight on the diversity of its members next month at its annual Burgess Hill Means Business exhibition.
To mark the centenary of the women’s vote, the exhibit will feature a roster of female guest speakers after opening remarks by Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council.
Anya Ledwith, founder of Eshcon, will speak alongside Angela Gill, MD of Bio-Productions, and Rosemary French OBE from Gatwick Diamond Initiative.
Newly-appointed BHBPA chairman Susan Fleet will also introduce the event, after taking over from Paul Shearing in the position a few months ago.
Now in its 8th year, Burgess Hill Means Business is a biennial showcase where member organisations come together to network and promote their services, products and projects.
Originally devised to highlight the full extent of commercial activity in Burgess Hill and its surrounding areas, the exhibit has continued to grow year-on-year. This time around, the schedule will include an open forum with Mid Sussex District Council where business folk can voice their concerns and receive answers to their questions.
Garry Wall, leader of Mid Sussex District Council, will attend alongside some major local employers – such as HPC, Time24, and Ridgeview Wine Estate – and a plethora of SMEs and hotels like Ockenden Manor and Lindfield Park.
“We always receive fantastic feedback about Burgess Hill Means Business,” said Peter Liddell, co-ordinator of the BHBPA. “We’re stepping up our game this year with a live broadcast by Connections Radio and plenty of exciting stands, showcases and talks. I can’t wait to welcome people from across Mid Sussex on the day.
“Burgess Hill Means Business has always been about celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of our local business community. As with previous years, there will be plenty of opportunity to see the breadth and depth of products, services and expertises that we have on our doorstep but this year, we’re delighted to also offer a chance to recognise the contributions made particularly by women in business.”
If you wish to sign up for the presentations by three women speakers, please do so here
The Burgess Hill Means Business exhibit takes place at The King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on Friday 4 May between 11AM and 3PM. Entrance is free on presentation of a business card.
"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. "
"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."
"“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”"
"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."