News: BHMB18 Press Release

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.

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Testimonials

"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."

Nick Broom, Managing Director
(PVL UK Ltd)

"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. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)

"“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! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"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."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)