Posted on 19th December 2018
It has been another successful year for the BHBPA. Membership has remained solid at around 175, with 19 companies leaving and roughly the same number leaving for one reason or another. Numbers turning up to monthly events have been higher this year than in many years before, and this suggests that networking meetings are what business people want and at times which suit them best.
In the early part of the year we met at Hickstead Hotel, Keymer Double Glazing and the Birch Hotel, and all three were busy; indeed the two at hotels were bursting at the seams with members. We heard interesting talks from Mid Sussex District Council’s Leader Garry Wall and from Barclays Bank. At the Woolpack in April for the Quiz Night we had another spectacularly good turnout, with 18 teams competing and raising a tidy £600 for the hospice. The whole evening was great fun for all.
In May we had our BHMB exhibition again, after a two year gap. Once again it was very well supported, with 75 members having a stand on a very successful day for local business at The King’s Centre. In June we had the traditional, delightful and very popular visit to Ridgeview for some wine tasting and we had a huge turnout on a lovely day.
We visited the Burgess Hill Town Council offices for an interesting update on local developments re the town centre and business parks in July, while in September lots of members came to visit Porsche and some had a test drive on the day. In October we went for the first time to Buxted Park Hotel where Barbara Hill spoke on ‘Change Management’, before our traditional visit to Ockenden Manor in November. As always, it was a splendid event, very well attended by almost 50 members and hosted most generously by the hotel management. Earlier this month we met up in early evening for some Christmas cheer with Lance and Dee at the Woolpack, and a very pleasant session it was too!
To all those who have hosted our events, we thank you for your incredible generosity towards the BHBPA. Your support is invaluable to us.
The last report is on the newsletter itself. I have written/compiled 47 editions this calendar year, this one being No 47. The statistics about readership are very pleasing for me, and here’s a breakdown if you are interested …
Received Newsletter – usually between 470 and 475
Openings – Until June it was averaging 190, but later this year it has always been above 200, with top number 229
Total Openings – highest this year is 958 for an edition in November, average is much lower.
Click-Ons – varies between 25 and 70 ,depending on the level of interest for the items of news.
"“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! ” "
"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."
"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. "
"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."