Posted on 31st January 2019
Jaffer began working life in the agriculture industry before branching out to be a management consultant. He became a UK director of Burson Marsteller working with clients who were dealing with market positioning in advertising campaigns.
He left the corporate world in 1989 and took the bold step of setting up as an independent management consultant specialising in company culture. In the late 90s he became fascinated by potential of internet, and as a consequence E-mpower IT was born. He soon broadened it to include IT support and all things web related. His enterprise ended up supporting the IT infrastructure of 50% of W Sussex GPs and as a result he achieved a long term contract doing the same with the NHS.
Now, E-mpower supports ambitious companies, some of which have now grown to multi million pound businesses yet still use E-mpower for their IT support. Jaffer believes that strong customer service is the key to lasting client relationships.
His company is now in its 20th year in Burgess Hill and they have been members of the BHBPA since 2010, when they moved into offices in Victoria Road. He found the BHBPA to be vibrant, friendly and welcoming, with the best interests of business at its heart. He enjoys the weekly newsletter which he says is informative and yet amusing. He looks forward to his new role as a Director as it gives him a chance to contribute and to give something back to the community.
In his younger days he was a keen skier and he still enjoys sailing, but only in the warm Mediterranean. He is a cyclist and a runner too; in 2012 he ran a marathon in support of St Peter & St James Hospice.
"Regular, well organised events, excellent updates and information by email along with a warm welcome from the Chair and Coordinator are just some of the positives at BHBPA."
"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. "
"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."
"“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.”"