Posted on 14th June 2018
It has become a regular meeting for BHBPA Members to go to Ridgeview Wine Estate in June, but it never tires or seems repetitive as the group is always different and the vines are always at different stages of growth depending on the weather. The reception is the same, however – warm, welcoming and completely down to earth. In fact you wouldn’t know that this is now an internationally acclaimed company which produces world class products. We were as well received and well hosted as ever, on Wednesday evening this week.
The turnout was as high as ever for this event. I had to stop at 54 on the list, and on the day 42 turned up, many of whom had not been here before. We had a stroll in warm sunshine out among the vines, where Tamara described the essential elements of the plant growth, before going inside to look at the production methods and equipment. As always, there were new developments from last year, and it has been fascinating to watch the gradual increase in size and scale of the vineyard over the last ten years. Tamara told us that they hope this year with a good crop of grapes to produce 350,000 bottles of top quality sparkling wine, which will be an increase of 50,000 on last year.
Back inside in the tasting room we listened to an interesting presentation by Bruce Jenner of Loch on mental health in the workplace. Bruce told the story of his military background and then brought it on to his business life and the connection with present day problems of mental health in the workplace – millions of working days lost through such issues, which are very much unheralded and under reported.
Finally, we got to taste some of this famous wine and indulge in some snacks. It was all accompanied by the familiar buzz of networking and friendly people enjoying themselves, and that’s what it’s all about essentially. If such things have to be done, then why not spend the time in beautiful grounds, with wonderful scenery, among sociable people and drinking prestigious wines!
As always I must thank Tamara, Esther and the rest of the staff and family at Ridgeview for indulging us. They have long been supporters of the BHBPA and we are proud to have them in our membership group. Long may their hard-won success story continue.
"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."
"“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! ” "
"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."