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.
"Since joining BHBPA we have found it to be a dynamic and vibrant members’ organisation, with excellent, regular and informative meetings.
Peter Liddell does a first class job in ensuring that members’ interests are aired and addressed.
"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."
"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."