News (October 2018)

Update from Network Rail

Update from Network Rail

Posted on 31st October 2018

Dear Stakeholder, With the final weekend of the October engineering work complete, we wanted to provide you with a brief update on what has been achieved over the past two weeks. Work is progressing as planned and over the past two weeks, we have achieved the following: • Balcombe Tunnel Junction – Delivery of Switch & Crossing panels • Haywards Heath Station – conductor rail installation completed along the Ouse Valley area and signal... read more

New Member – Pure Storm Digital

New Member – Pure Storm Digital

Posted on 31st October 2018

Hello everybody, I’m Ollie Lashley from Pure Storm Digital Services. I have been attending the BHBPA for about a year now, but November marks the first time I’ll be attending as the Marketing Director for Pure Storm. We’re a Digital Agency offering Digital Marketing Outsourcing, Graphic Design, Web Design & Maintenance, Analytics and IT Support, right here in Burgess Hill. So if there is anything that you may need help with, from company... read more

Extech Cloud Launches New Service

Extech Cloud Launches New Service

Posted on 31st October 2018

Extech Cloud launch new IT service to modernise legal SMEs Alongside its core operations Extech Cloud (formerly Extech) is launching a new dedicated IT service specifically designed to modernise law firm’s technology. After extensive research and by working with Legal 500 firms, Extech Cloud is applying their specialist knowledge to tailor IT services to meet the needs of SME law firms. Extech Cloud’s mission is to modernise and improve the use... read more

New Guy at Carpenter Box

New Guy at Carpenter Box

Posted on 31st October 2018

New Director of Estate Planning Appointed at MHA Carpenter Box   To lead and support its new Estate Planning Service offering, MHA Carpenter Box has appointed Phil Atherton to the new position of Director of Estate Planning in the firm’s Tax Services Group.   Starting December, the Sussex and Gatwick-based firm of chartered accountants, tax and business advisers will be delivering a series of Estate Planning seminars which will offer tax,... read more

PVL Shortlisted

PVL Shortlisted

Posted on 31st October 2018

PVL are finalists in the Sussex Business Awards 2018   The shortlist for the 30th annual Sussex Business Awards has been announced and hundreds of applicants have been whittled down to just fifty-one finalists. PVL are delighted to announce that we are finalists for International Business of the Year and our CEO, Nick Broom, for the Businessperson of the Year at this year’s Sussex Business Awards. The awards have become one of the region’s... read more

Entertainment from Lea Graham

Entertainment from Lea Graham

Posted on 31st October 2018

Make this year a Creative Christmas with Cracker Appeal! Christmas may come but once a year, but when it does it’s a big deal and an even bigger deal to organise it effectively, successfully and in a timely manner. When it comes to entertainment, the ‘C’ word is undoubtedly Creativity in an age where surprise and delight is a valuable commodity. Lea Graham Entertainment sees requests for festive activities that span traditional and new, curious... read more

Bio Helping Guide Dogs

Bio Helping Guide Dogs

Posted on 30th October 2018

Sanitaire from Bio-Productions helps Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity clean up Burgess Hill manufacturer, Bio-Productions, is helping the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association clean up after their canine friends. Earlier this year, the cleaning chemicals company donated Sanitaire absorbent powder to the charity’s regional training school at Redbridge, Ilford in East London to help them shift any doggy dirt. The Sanitaire powder is specially designed... read more

Storage Space on Offer

Storage Space on Offer

Posted on 30th October 2018

We have at 200 London Road, Burgess Hill, where the Co-op is based an area to the right of the car park flowing to the back area of the property which could be available for storage or parking. This is fully tarmacked and can be secured.   I wondered if we could advertise in your weekly news letter to offer this to anyone on the industrial estate that may need this kind space.   Thanks. Regards Eddi Zoratti Director Tel. & Fax.  01273... read more

Netsense Sponsor Mickel to Record

Netsense Sponsor Mickel to Record

Posted on 30th October 2018

Mickel Motorsport head to Brands with Potential Championship Record   Press Release 26th October 2018   Horsham based, Mickel Motorsport head to the final round of the UK National Legends Championship looking to bag not only the UK title and Masters title once again, but also an entry into the Legends record books. The UK National Legends title has never been lifted by a driver on five occasions before and John Mickel is looking to be the one... read more

Paula’s Take on the Budget

Paula’s Take on the Budget

Posted on 30th October 2018

The Chancellor delivered a lot of changes that were relatively favourable to small businesses, but in the background a few important adverse changes were made which seem to be because too much money was leaving the Treasury. This is therefore not a bold post-Brexit Budget. Relatively favourable to growing businesses: Capital allowances of 100% (AIA) will be available on all expenditure up to £1m from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 up from £200k.... read more

BH Panto in December

BH Panto in December

Posted on 28th October 2018

Following the very successful last Panto in January 2018 at the Martlets Hall, there was a thought that the annual Burgess Hill Theatre Club Panto may not go ahead due to a lack of a suitable venue….. Fear not, a local venue has been found, and the Panto rehersals are in full swing.  The box office (at the theatre club – opposite the post office at the bottom of Church Walk) is open on Wednesdays 10-1pm, and Saturday 10-1pm where you... read more

Bike Thefts from Edwards

Bike Thefts from Edwards

Posted on 25th October 2018

Hello Peter Regrettably I can advise you that 3 bicycles were stolen from the site on Tuesday afternoon. We have some film from the CCTV so will be sharing this with the police. Some details here:   3 persons were seen approaching the bike racks at 16:18. They appear to come from the direction of the East corner pedestrian entrance at the corner of Innovation Drive and York Road. They checked out the area briefly then proceeded to begin the theft... read more

Bennett Christmas Wins Award

Bennett Christmas Wins Award

Posted on 24th October 2018

Bennett Christmas Wins ‘Independent Broker Of The Year’   The team at Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers have been celebrating winning Broker Network’s much sought-after ‘Independent Broker Of The Year’ award. Broker Network’s Richard Pitt commented “You’ll notice the strapline of ‘Our People Make The Difference’ running through the Bennett Christmas brand … from helping customers complete forms or with claims, to supporting... read more

Support Event for Giselle

Support Event for Giselle

Posted on 24th October 2018

Last week the BHBPA held an event at Buxted Park Hotel, where the Food Manager is Marc Desseaux. His daughter needs an operation on her spine so that she might once again take up Rhythmic Gymnastics, in which she has won world championships.Her story is  here and here On  27th January 2019 I am hosting a big musical event at Buxted Park Hotel for my own daughter Miss Giselle Desseaux “ A King and Queen event”  Freddie Mercury and Suspiciously... read more

Full Time Jobs at PVL UK

Full Time Jobs at PVL UK

Posted on 24th October 2018

PVL are looking for production assistants, full time, to work in our busy manufacturing area. There are also good prospects for progression through the company including running equipment, livery design and fitting / application roles. We are also looking for flexible, part-time workers to collate and pack goods for despatch at various times of the day and evening. Full training will be given, but you must have an eye for detail and be able to pack... read more

Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy

Posted on 24th October 2018

Job Vacancy: Marketing Assistant (maternity cover, part time) Paper Plus is a local family run company in the Victoria Business Park and are looking for a marketing assistant for maternity cover through 2019. Please contact us if you are interested, or forward to someone you know who would be interested, and we will send a full job spec to you. Contact Lucy at recruitment@paperplusuk.com No agencies please.       Kind regards   Lucy... read more

Bio Embraces Pink Day

Bio Embraces Pink Day

Posted on 24th October 2018

Burgess Hill Company Embraces Wear It Pink Day   Bio-Productions, a market leading manufacturing company based in Burgess Hill is widely respected for the dedicated way in which it looks after its team with an approach to staff relationships that goes way beyond the usual HR boundaries.   Typical of this special company culture is Bio-Production’s whole company support of Wear it Pink Day. One of the biggest fundraising events in the UK, WIP... read more

Dodgy Dealers

Dodgy Dealers

Posted on 24th October 2018

Good Morning Peter   Reading through your recent newsletter I came across the article about the vans and individuals cruising the estate as magpies looking for some shiny gains, I thought I would share recently I noticed a white  transit Luton high roof van drive in and disappear around the corner to the side of our unit. Curiosity and instinct got the better of me I went to take a look at where they were delivering to and sure enough there... read more

Burgess Hill Radio Hits the Airwaves

Burgess Hill Radio Hits the Airwaves

Posted on 24th October 2018

Burgess Hill Radio goes 1038! This Saturday 27th (October) sees Burgess Hill Community Radio hit the airwaves on 103.8fm. They will start broadcasting at 10.38am when the Mayor presses the button to switch the transmitter on. Throughout the day there will be special programmes showcasing their schedule. Everyone is invited to drop in and say hello to their volunteer presenters. Their broadcast area is from Lindfield to Ditchling and Henfield to Plumpton... read more

What Government is Doing for SMEs

What Government is Doing for SMEs

Posted on 24th October 2018

Dear Colleague, Britain’s 5.7 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the economy, accounting for 60% of employment in the private sector. Making sure these businesses can access the finance they need to fulfil thelr growth potential is a key part of our modern lndustrial Strategy. These are some recent initiatives of which you and your constituents may wish to be aware. Supportinq newly-created enterprises From March... read more

Big Gaming Event on Saturday

Big Gaming Event on Saturday

Posted on 23rd October 2018

Saturday 27th October sees the Press Start 2 Join team host their next video gaming event in a new venue of the Kings Hall, Burgess Hill. Doors open at 12 noon til 7 pm   On show and available to play will be over 50 different consoles, handhelds, pinball machines and the PC LAN network.   Tournaments will include Mario Kart, Rocket League, FIFA19, Smash Brothers and the Multi Game Fight Tournament   Challenges are on 4 classic games... read more

New Master Plan for Gatwick

New Master Plan for Gatwick

Posted on 18th October 2018

Following on from the Surface Transport Forum held at Gatwick last week I thought you would be interested to know that today Gatwick is launching a draft Master Plan.   As the UK heads towards an important new chapter, Gatwick is unveiling a draft Master Plan for ongoing development and sustainable growth at the airport, which sets out how the airport can meet the growing demand for air travel and deliver connections to global opportunities.   The... read more

Christmas Party Video Games

Christmas Party Video Games

Posted on 18th October 2018

Video Games and Christmas, what a great combination. Even better is video games at your Christmas party. For just £149 you can book the Press Start 2 Join team to provide a video gaming experience that promises to be great fun. Choose from their inventory of 100 consoles and 2500 games or just leave them to bring a great selection of retro and new experiences. To book the team please e-mail : Pressstart2join@outlook.com. Dean, End of Level Boss, Press... read more

Sussex Chamber of Commerce Courses

Sussex Chamber of Commerce Courses

Posted on 18th October 2018

The following courses are coming up at the King’s Church, Victoria Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR:- Mon 29th Oct 9.30-4.30   Effective Negotiation Skills  Book Thurs 1st Nov 9.00-4.30  Stepping Up to Senior Management  Book Fri 2nd Nov  9.30-4.30  Train the Trainer  Book ... read more

New Event at Buxted Park

New Event at Buxted Park

Posted on 17th October 2018

Earlier this week we held our latest event at Buxted Park Hotel, where around 28 members and friends gathered for a 5pm start. Teas and coffees were on offer as people arrived and most found someone they recognised or knew from a previous meeting and the conversations began in earnest. The presentation was given by Barbara Hill, an expert on Change Management, who works mostly in and around Cologne, Germany, but also puts in time living in Hove. She... read more

Sussex Players Abroad

Sussex Players Abroad

Posted on 17th October 2018

Despite it being less than a month since our season finished, a number of our players have already jetted across the globe as their winter schedules begin to take shape.  Phil Salt and Laurie Evans both enjoyed excellent starts to their time abroad, with Salt playing a starring role as Lahore Qalandars won the Abu Dhabi T20 and Evans continuing his stunning white ball form with Kabul Zawanan in the Afghanistan Premier League. In Thursday’s... read more

Parking Issues on Edward Way and Charles Ave

Parking Issues on Edward Way and Charles Ave

Posted on 17th October 2018

I received this email from Sarah Minett this week, below. It concerns another issue of parking and more importantly, careless and unthinking parking. On this occasion it seems that DPD have taken a temporary lease on the former Nova building and some drivers are not too thoughtful about their parking…   Hello Peter I’m reaching out to you to share our concerns about safety in Edward Way and Charles Avenue due to the DPD vans, cars... read more

Price Comparison Websites

Price Comparison Websites

Posted on 17th October 2018

Which? Investigation Reveals Errors On Insurance Comparison Websites Local insurance broker, Bennett Christmas, brings the news that a recent investigation into the four main insurance price comparison websites by consumer group, Which?, has revealed worrying errors in 60% of the policy descriptions featured. Errors included stating that a courtesy car was guaranteed, that sunroof cover was included, incorrect information about cover for loss or theft... read more

Meet The Buyers – Latest

Meet The Buyers – Latest

Posted on 17th October 2018

We are pleased to provide below, the link to the seventh of the educational seminars, supporting Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers 2018.   Please can we ask you to forward these details to your contacts and share through your social media channels as soon as possible to ensure that businesses from your region are represented and are able to benefit from these valuable, yet free seminars.   ‘Developing your Presentation and Public Speaking... read more

Extech Rebrand

Extech Rebrand

Posted on 11th October 2018

What is in a name? Extech rebrands to Extech Cloud.   To reflect the next stage of their journey, Extech is rebranding to Extech Cloud. The new name highlights both the sweeping changes in the technology and IT environments, and also the changes that are being seen within the organisation. The future of IT, technology and Extech Cloud, is cloud technology itself together with an increased emphasis on cybersecurity. Today’s business landscape... read more

Sponsoring Opportunity at Gaming Event

Sponsoring Opportunity at Gaming Event

Posted on 11th October 2018

Press Start 2 Join are holding their next public gaming event at the Kings Hall, Burgess Hill on 27th October. 200-300 people are expected during the day.   Through the day will be a mix of tournaments and challenges and a couple of companies have asked to sponsor these.   This is your chance to take part if you wish and also donate a prize perhaps. For a small fee of £25 you will get your logo in the programme, name on the challenge or... read more

Keep Insurance Costs Down – Top Tips

Keep Insurance Costs Down – Top Tips

Posted on 11th October 2018

Top Tips To Keep Your Car Insurance Low Insurance is a hassle to arrange, isn’t it? You know you need to sort it so perhaps you go onto one of the price comparison websites to see what’s available. You input your details and voilà, a lovely list of options. Which one do you go for? The cheapest right? Why wouldn’t you?… At Bennett Christmas, we understand that it’s not hard to find cheap insurance online but most of the time policies are... read more

Ridgeview for Christmas

Ridgeview for Christmas

Posted on 11th October 2018

If you are looking for a truly unique venue for your Christmas celebration, then look no further… The Ridgeview Tasting Room, with glorious views over the vineyards and South Downs is the perfect place to enjoy award-winning wine alongside beautiful local food. This year we have teamed up with some of our favourite local caterers to provide you with gorgeous packages available both daytime and evening. Please give us a call to discuss your event... read more

Mayor’s Charity Ball

Mayor’s Charity Ball

Posted on 11th October 2018

Burgess Hill Town Mayor Cllr Chris Cherry is holding the first ever Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday 17th. November. It will be held at the Hickstead Hotel RH17 5NZ. Starting at 7pm for 7.30pm, there will be a welcome drink on arrival, a sumptuous four course meal, after dinner speaker, and music to dance the night away. The optional theme for the evening is ‘Gatsby 1920’s’  and the dress is formal or lounge suits for chaps and elegant... read more

Events at Buxted Park Hotel

Events at Buxted Park Hotel

Posted on 11th October 2018

Event reservations On Sunday 28th October from 5pm enjoy some frightful fancies this Halloween at Buxted Park Hotel, chef has devised a delicious Halloween inspired full afternoon tea menu to be enjoyed in the spooky, candlelit surrounds of the Orangery. To book please call 01825 733333 or click on ‘event reservations’ above to complete an enquiry form and a member of our team will come back to you as soon as possible. On Sunday 18th... read more

Welcome to Leaders

Welcome to Leaders

Posted on 11th October 2018

Leaders has joined the BHBPA recently and several of their staff have attended BHBPA events. Leaders is now one of the largest independent residential property groups with over 120 branches throughout the UK. Established in 1983,  Leaders offers unrivalled expertise across all aspects of the ever-changing property market. From lettings and sales, through to planning and architecture, our expertise spans across a variety of disciplines enabling us... read more

Calling Marathon Runners

Calling Marathon Runners

Posted on 11th October 2018

Got a place in the 2019 London Marathon or Brighton Marathon?   Use it to support your local hospice!   St Peter & St James Hospice are looking for  runners to join their 2019 marathon team.   We will provide fundraising support and cheer you on from day 1 as you work towards your marathon challenge. We provide a free running vest for all our supporters and will be there on the day to support you in person!   For more information,... read more

Buy Tickets for Hallowe’en Ball

Buy Tickets for Hallowe’en Ball

Posted on 10th October 2018

Community Transport Sussex   Charity Halloween Ball  – 26th October 2018 Most people have seen the Blue Bird buses transporting members of our local community around the county in our fleet of mini-buses. Community Transport Sussex has local depots at Mid Sussex, (Chailey near Burgess Hill) , East Grinstead, Horsham and Crawley – providing over 8000 journeys a month to residents who for various reasons such as health and mobility, struggle... read more

Sussex CCC Bonfire Night 18

Sussex CCC Bonfire Night 18

Posted on 10th October 2018

Join us on Saturday 3rd November as Fireworks Night returns to The 1st Central County Ground, hosted by Capital FM. Gates open at 6pm for the extravagant display to begin at 7:30pm. There will be live music from local artist Adam Davis and crowd favourites The Marching Skaletons. Advance tickets will go on sale from Monday 1st October. The night will be presented by Domestic & General and we thank them for their continued support. The event... read more

Payroll Giving – SPSJ Hospice

Payroll Giving – SPSJ Hospice

Posted on 4th October 2018

St Peter & St James Hospice supports, empowers and cares for local people towards the end of life. We provide expert and compassionate hospice care to adults living with terminal illness in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Lewes, Uckfield and the surrounding villages. All our services are free of charge, and we rely on the generosity of our community to help cover more than 80% of our running costs. We are constantly looking at ways at generating... read more

Welcome – Scissor Sisters

Welcome – Scissor Sisters

Posted on 4th October 2018

Hello BHBPA, We are The Scissor Sisters and we have been established in Burgess Hill for 10 years making beautiful soft furnishings for our customers. We provide a start to finish service taking a great range of fabric books to our customers and giving friendly advice on styles that work well in their home.  Advice can also be given on tracks and poles and measurements taken. Our soft furnishings are then lovingly hand made by our Scissor Sisters... read more

Preventing Cyber Attacks

Preventing Cyber Attacks

Posted on 4th October 2018

The following article was given to me by Helen at Bennett Christmas:- Today, cyber-crime is one of the biggest concerns for businesses, with cyber-attacks taking simple and more sophisticated forms, in criminals’ bids to access systems and data. Tradespeople and the self-employed, should be particularly vigilant. One wrong click of an email or allowing your financial data to fall into the wrong hands, can leave you vulnerable to cyber-crime.  What... read more

Green Growth Workshops

Green Growth Workshops

Posted on 4th October 2018

Low Carbon Innovation Workshops – Part One – half day – Free to all delegates Wednesday 14th November 2018 9.30 – 2pm at The King’s Church in Victoria Road, Burgess Hill This first half day workshop is for MDs and Business owners to gain an initial insight into the opportunities of Cleaner and Greener “Energy” – “Process” – “Automation” innovation within their business. The Workshop includes: Upstream... read more

MSVA at Work

MSVA at Work

Posted on 3rd October 2018

Mid Sussex Voluntary Action (MSVA) is an independent charity that helps other charities and community groups. We do this in a number of ways: Providing advice information and support  on every aspect of voluntary and  community life ensuring that local groups, clubs and charities have all they need to start up, develop and grow. This could include advice on the right legal structure, finding funding, writing a business plan and  ensuring that... read more

New Recruit at Travail

New Recruit at Travail

Posted on 3rd October 2018

Burgess Hill based Travail Employment Group, are pleased to announce the appointment of Claudia James as a Resourcer/Trainee Recruitment Consultant.  The Commercial/Industrial Recruitment Agency has been in Burgess Hill for 13 years and is pleased to count many BHBPA members among its clients. Claudia joins the Travail team following her graduation from the University of Sheffield earlier this year.  A long commute?  No, Claudia is returning home... read more

The Mustard Seed Cafe

The Mustard Seed Cafe

Posted on 3rd October 2018

Among our new members this year is The Mustard Seed Cafe, situated at the western end of Royal George Road in the grounds of St Edward’s Church. The cafe is open 3 days a week, Thur/Friday/Sat, is run solely by volunteers, and any profits are used for the community, e.g. young carers day, helping with meals in school holidays etc. The breakfast and lunch menu is cooked to order and at a very reasonable price. There is always a selection of home... read more

A Helping Hand This Christmas

A Helping Hand This Christmas

Posted on 3rd October 2018

A HELPING HAND THIS CHRISTMAS Could your company give a helping hand to families and individuals in need this Festive Season? Many local people on low incomes are struggling with the rising cost of living and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time with extra expense but no extra money. A partnership of local organisations is collecting donations of food from a list of items needed to make up Christmas Food Hampers. The Food Hampers will be... read more

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(Steven Mooney Machinery)

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Mark O'Shea, Partner
(Rawlison Butler)

"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. "

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