Posted on 13th December 2018
Last Tuesday evening all BHBPA members and friends were invited to the Woolpack Inn for a small, early Christmas celebration, and to network with like-minded people for an hour or two without the normal pressures of work.
During the three hours that I was there, around 35 people popped in to say hello and give good wishes for the festive season. Some were regulars, those we depend upon to support us on most events, but there were others whom we rarely see and it was brilliant of them all to make the effort. Some simply popped in for half an hour, while others made a bit of an evening of it and had a few beers. The atmosphere was simply delightful, as it should be in a pub, easy chatting and no pressure at all. For me it was a perfect setting to get around and talk to as many people as possible, and I know that others found the same. To all those who came, we at the BHBPA say a very big thank you.
Lance and Dee are loyal supporters of the BHBPA, and they enjoy hosting our events. The sausage rolls and quiches they supplied were delicious, as several of us who had more than plenty would testify! I can not thank them enpough for hosting the event. There were folks there who had never been to the pub before, and they were impressed with the efforts made to give it the Christmas festive feel. I trust everyone got home safely, as I did via Estie’s lift and Southern Rail transportation.
"“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.”"
"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."
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."