Posted on 27th September 2018
Yesterday I spent a useful but tiring five hours networking at the South of England Showground. It was an exhibition, one of many put together in slick fashion by Sonny Cutting, the owner of BHBPA member Sussex Pages. One has to wonder at this guy and his energy in tirelessly working to bring businesses together in such a well organised way.
This one had a golf theme, and there were at various places in the hall people trying out their indoor putting or gazing with marvel at the 9-hole course constructed entirely in cake! Unsurprisingly, the Brighton Cakes stand won a prize at the end of the afternoon.
It was a pleasure, as always, to meet up with BHBPA members, and among others I saw BBA Couriers, Fresh Display, Hickstead Hotel, Blackman Terry, BH Radio, Press Start to Join, Beacon Security, CT Sussex, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Basepoint there. Indeed, I might not have coped were it not for regular visits to HH stand to sample the cake on offer there.
All in all, as exhibitions go, this was a great success I reckon, with lots of networrking going on and a good feeling among the standholders. Sonny’s organisation proved to be exemplary, and of course the venue has the benefit of more than enough parking places. Sonny confided to me that his business is growing and that next time he will have double the number of stands for this event, which he calls his flagship. 200 stand will be something to behold, but you wouldn’t put it past him to get it done.
"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 have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"