News (February 2019)

Lions Welcome Abcom

Lions Welcome Abcom

Posted on 28th February 2019

Burgess Hill District Lions Club welcomed Trevor Henry and Nicola Pont from ABCOM IT Solutions in Burgess Hill in February. ABCOM gave a talk about their 20+ years of providing IT services to businesses and Charities throughout Sussex. Nicola said, “We recognise the good work the Lions do and wanted to get across that we would love to get more involved. We love to work with technology within the voluntary and charitable sector. Please let us know... read more

Liaison with University Business School

Liaison with University Business School

Posted on 27th February 2019

Dear Peter,   I wonder if the BHPA and its members would find it useful to understand how the University of Chichester works with and supports employers to develop their businesses particularly around the people area.   I’m based at the University of Chichester’s Business School in Bognor Regis where I regularly work with a range of business organisations across West Sussex to support them in the development of their employees at all... read more

Rail Work Completed

Rail Work Completed

Posted on 27th February 2019

Dear Stakeholder, We are delighted to advise that the work during the 9-day line closure is complete and trains ran as normal this morning. The Sussex community should start to see the benefits today as the work will make their train service more reliable. More than 250 engineers worked around the clock at 26 sites to complete the biggest upgrade of the railway between Brighton and Three Bridges in more than 30 years. Over the extended closure, they... read more

Welcome Flexibility Matters

Welcome Flexibility Matters

Posted on 26th February 2019

I am delighted to announce to my business contacts and supporters here in Sussex the launch of my new venture Flexibility Matters. For the last 5 years, my company has traded as Ten2Two Sussex under a franchise with Ten2Two Ltd. My franchise with Ten2Two has come to an end, and so my company is now trading as Flexibility Matters. We are no longer associated with Ten2Two in any way. My business continues to build and operate its network of candidates... read more

Nick’s Homecoming

Nick’s Homecoming

Posted on 26th February 2019

Burgess Hill homecoming concert with Nick Pritchard a triumph – over £1000 raised     Last Saturday’s homecoming concert for one of the emerging opera stars in the UK, tenor Nick Pritchard was a huge success.  The 120 seater venue at St Edwards Church was packed with fans from the town, his old singing teacher, Prue Moore, Leader of Burgess Hill Town Council and Councillor Anne Jones MBE. Burgess Hill Concerts next featured artist Susan... read more

Memorial Concert

Memorial Concert

Posted on 26th February 2019

Music and mirth are the perfect medicine at memorial concert   Music and mirth will prove to be ‘Just What the Doctor Ordered’ next month at a very special concert staged by the Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club.   The Lea Graham Quartet, responsible for countless charity concerts over the past three decades, is creating a bespoke programme for this special evening of music and entertainment. The eclectic programme will feature everything... read more

Bio Productions in the Frame

Bio Productions in the Frame

Posted on 26th February 2019

Burgess Hill Company Bio-Productions shortlisted for two Gatwick Diamond Business Awards     Victoria Business Park in Burgess Hill-based Bio-Productions has been shortlisted in two categories for the 2019 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards.   The company, led by MD and local business advocate Angela Gill, are in the final three in both the Manufacturer of the Year and the Employer of the Year categories.   The Awards celebrate innovation... read more

Top Tax Tips from Paula

Top Tax Tips from Paula

Posted on 26th February 2019

Focussed On Brexit? What About The Tax Year End Only 1 Week Later? With all the understandable concerns about the effect of Brexit on business, it’s easy to forget other things, such as the tax year ends only 1 week later. At least we have some control as to what we might do before the tax year end! Income Tax Thresholds – £50k and £100k  A relatively new phenomenon, these are crucially important to understand if you want to make sure you... read more

PVL Finalists at GDB Awards

PVL Finalists at GDB Awards

Posted on 21st February 2019

PVL are Finalists for Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2019   PVL are delighted to announce that we are finalists for three awards at this year’s Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. Business of the Year (over £1m), The Award for Innovation & Technology and our CEO Nick Broom for Business Person of the Year.   The awards have become one of the region’s premier business occasions – celebrating the best of the best across the Gatwick Diamond.... read more

Evening Out

Evening Out

Posted on 21st February 2019

Hi All,   This might be something your contacts may be interested in.  It’s a 2 course meal at the Mid Sussex Golf Club on Monday 4th March at 7pm followed by a performance of music and song by Marcus Martin & Alan Leith. Two nationally acclaimed performers. Total cost £15. Alan Leith is an actor who lives in Hurstpierpoint. He has appeared many times in films and on television.   To book a place please email: martincbooth@aol.com   Flyer... read more

Liaison with University Business School

Liaison with University Business School

Posted on 21st February 2019

Dear Peter,   I wonder if the BHPA and its members would find it useful to understand how the University of Chichester works with and supports employers to develop their businesses particularly around the people area.   I’m based at the University of Chichester’s Business School in Bognor Regis where I regularly work with a range of business organisations across West Sussex to support them in the development of their employees at all... read more

Sussex Fixtures in April

Sussex Fixtures in April

Posted on 19th February 2019

Friday 5 April 2019 – 11.00am Specsavers County Championship 2019 – The 1st Central County Ground Sussex CCC v Leicestershire Thursday 11 April 2019 – 11.00am Specsavers County Championship 2019 – Emirates Riverside Durham v Sussex CCC Friday 19 April 2019 – 1.00pm Royal London One Day Cup 2019 – The 1st Central County Ground Sussex Sharks v Surrey Sunday 21 April 2019 – 11.00am Royal... read more

Stockpiling?

Stockpiling?

Posted on 18th February 2019

Brexit, Stockpiling and Insurance At Sutton Winson, we’re hearing that a number of our customers are stockpiling in preparation for potential shortages following Brexit.   Is your current sum insured adequate to cover the amount of stock you now hold? It’s important to get it right, as insurance claims payments will be reduced if they’re not. In the worst case scenarios: You may not be covered if you’ve gone over a level where an insurer... read more

New BHBPA Director

New BHBPA Director

Posted on 18th February 2019

BHBPA Welcomes New Director on Board   BHBPA (Burgess Hill Business Parks Association) is delighted to announce the appointment of Jaffer Lokhandvala to its board of directors.   Newly appointed Jaffer, will join the organising committee of the BHBiz Awards, comprising five members and will take on the key role of liaising with the judges.   This year sees the second BHBiz Awards, which will take place at Brighton Amex Community Stadium... read more

VAT Deadline Coming

VAT Deadline Coming

Posted on 18th February 2019

The death of paper-based VAT records is nigh. Are you ready for Making Tax Digital (MTD)? Businesses have just a few weeks left to prepare for Making Tax Digital. Sussex-based chartered accountants, MHA Carpenter Box, is reminding business clients that the deadline is rapidly approaching. The migration to digital is happening because from April 1, 2019 paper records will cease to meet the legal requirements in tax legislation where VAT is concerned. Almost... read more

Rail – Half Term Shut Down

Rail – Half Term Shut Down

Posted on 14th February 2019

Dear Stakeholder,   You will be aware that Network Rail and GTR are working together on an essential major engineering project between Brighton and Three Bridges and Brighton and Lewes which will include in a 9-day line closure from 16-24 February 2019 plus several further weekends during March and April.  During this period, a number of our stations and their associated road infrastructure becomes key to transporting passengers to their destination... read more

Coming Up for BHBPA Members

Coming Up for BHBPA Members

Posted on 14th February 2019

A reminder that these events are coming up quite soon for BHBPA members and friends:- Friday March 1st – entries for BHBiz Awards Deadline – please get nominating now! On March 12th at the Woolpack, a Quiz Night from 7pm. Still room for 6 or 7 more teams.Sign up now for a great evening out with colleagues On March 27th – a Tour of HPC, a local engineering centre – from 11.15 for about 80 minutes. Book now through me, only... read more

Save Money with Leased Lines

Save Money with Leased Lines

Posted on 14th February 2019

Every time your business suffers through downtime, outages or sluggish broadband speeds, your business is potentially losing money in lost revenue (not to mention the money you’re spending on staff who can’t do anything when the internet is down). Chances are, even a few half hours here and there have a real impact on productivity and revenue. But how much is a slow or even broken internet connection costing your business? A OnePoll study... read more

Traveller Trouble

Traveller Trouble

Posted on 14th February 2019

Twelve years on from when I started this job, back in 2007 when traveller incursions on the business parks were all too regular, we had another one this week. This time last week I sent you out a message about travellers as someone had spotted them near the former Icon head office. In fact, by Friday it was clear that six vehicles had occupied the front car park, and they were settling in for the weekend. On Monday I spoke to the guy in charge at... read more

Welcome Deep Serv Mid Sussex

Welcome Deep Serv Mid Sussex

Posted on 14th February 2019

Thank you, BHBPA,  for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself and my business to members … My Story in the UK started in 2002 when I decided to leave my homeland in search of an environment in which I could build a stable future for myself and my family. Having seen one of my friends start from scratch and achieve great success by establishing a reputable commercial cleaning company, I decided to enter the cleaning industry with only... read more

Sponsor the Marathon

Sponsor the Marathon

Posted on 13th February 2019

Partner Opportunities with Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2019   Spreading community goodwill is good for business!   We have just launched the new Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend Partner Prospectus for 2019: https://midsussexmarathon.co.uk/msmw-support-engagement/ The event is growing year on year, with Marathon runners increasing 46% in 2018! Share in our success and become a partner in this awesome event! We can help you grow your reputation in the... read more

Birch Hotel Audience Hears Cyber Warning

Birch Hotel Audience Hears Cyber Warning

Posted on 12th February 2019

Earlier this week the latest BHBPA event took place at the Birch Hotel in Haywards Heath.  On a cold but bright morning around thirty members and friends turned up to hear a presentation on cyber crime and to do some sharp early day networking with like minded people. Breakfast, including much needed teas and coffees, was generously supplied by the staff of the hotel, and for a full 40 minutes the buzz of networking was to be heard in the Sussex... read more

Abcom’s French Interns

Abcom’s French Interns

Posted on 12th February 2019

After a full month with us we now say goodbye to our French interns. They have been great and their work ethic was awesome. We have been pleased and have booked two more interns for April this year! These students come from the north of France, at Jacquard High School in Caudry “lycée Jacquard” and the Erasmus project was designed to help the students improve their mobility and their professional experience abroad. For over 3 years, the project... read more

MSDC Counters BHBPA Report

MSDC Counters BHBPA Report

Posted on 12th February 2019

Following the article in newsletter last week regarding the new A2300 Developments, I have received a note from the Planning Department at MSDC advising that there were some inaccuracies in that report. This is the note they sent addressing those concerns… /////////////////// In the most recent issue of the BHBPA newsletter (dated 30 January) an article entitled “Developments on A2300” contained a number of inaccuracies. It should be noted... read more

Property News from SHW

Property News from SHW

Posted on 7th February 2019

These paragraphs are reproduced here courtesy of Stiles Harold Williams. They are taken from their SE Industrial & Logistics Focus brochure.  They seem to support the frustrations of some of our growing businesses in Burgess Hill. The Mid Sussex region continues to frustrate occupiers who want to locate to the area and also existing companies wishing to expand but simply can’t due to lack of availability. 80% of interest is from B8 occupiers... read more

Health & Safety Course

Health & Safety Course

Posted on 7th February 2019

New IOSH course dates announced   Sutton Winson’s IOSH Managing Safely course in February has just sold out so they announced new dates for April. The course is covering the Health & Safety management and environmental basics in a high impact interactive package, involving animated media, board games, quizzes and DVDs.   This genuinely different approach to Health & Safety learning is aimed at directors, managers or supervisors... read more

PS2J New Event

PS2J New Event

Posted on 7th February 2019

PS2J Video Gaming Event – Kings Centre, Burgess Hill – 02/03/2019 Press Start 2 Join, video game event specialists are coming to The Kings Centre, Burgess Hill on Saturday 2nd March 2019 from noon until 7pm. Consoles will span across 40 years of gaming from the Atari 2600 to the current generation consoles including virtual reality. If you’ve ever played a video game you will love our events, and if you haven’t we provide a great place... read more

World Class Star at Concerts

World Class Star at Concerts

Posted on 7th February 2019

Burgess Hill Concerts announces first event on 23 February with world class opera star   An Evening with Nick Pritchard (Tenor) and Ian Tindale (Piano)   St Edward the Confessor Church Royal George Rd/West St Burgess Hill RH15 9TD   You often hear about the lack of great vocalists nowadays. Have you ever complained that the big stars never come to Burgess Hill? Here’s some good news..   Local church, St Edward the Confessor has... read more

Free Workplace Wellbeing MOTs

Free Workplace Wellbeing MOTs

Posted on 7th February 2019

Free Workplace Wellbeing MOT’s for all staff from your Mid Sussex District Council Do you want to do more to support the Health and Wellbeing of your employees at no cost to you? Can you release your employees for a 30 minute health check in the workplace? If you can answer “yes” to these questions then we at Mid Sussex District Council Wellbeing team can help you. As part of a national drive to improve Health and Wellbeing in the workplace... read more

Mr Soames Visits Bio

Mr Soames Visits Bio

Posted on 7th February 2019

Local MP Impressed by One Stop Operation at Eco-Friendly Manufacturers   Sir Nicholas Soames MP paid a visit to Burgess Hill based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Bio-Productions on Friday.   Accompanied by the company’s Managing Director, Angela Gill, he was given a tour of the company’s offices and laboratory on the Victoria Business Park, where he had the chance to see the factory’s production line first-hand. Throughout... read more

Burgess Hill Radio

Burgess Hill Radio

Posted on 6th February 2019

Burgess Hill Radio is your local Community Radio Station. We’ve been around since September 2016 broadcasting 24 hours a day on the Internet and through your smartphones, tablets or computers. In October 2018 we launched our new service on 103.8FM reaching even more people in their homes, and their cars, and otherwise on the go – Connecting with Your Community everywhere! We broadcast to central and south Mid Sussex, not just Burgess Hill.... read more

Help With Awards Entries

Help With Awards Entries

Posted on 6th February 2019

This week we on the BHBiz Committee decided to enlist some help for you with award entries from the experts in the field. Fortunately we have Donna O’Toole, who specialises in this very thing, and she kindly agreed to help, below … Here’s a link to a our website with an article for your members: https://craftedbyaugust.com/how-to-write-a-winning-award-entry/ We also have an online training platform that would be useful for anyone wanting... read more

Mike Helps Hospice

Mike Helps Hospice

Posted on 6th February 2019

Independent Financial Adviser Forms Alliance with Local Hospice Haywards Heath based IFA Mike Oliver Associates has joined forces with St Peter & St James Hospice to offer a tailored service for patients and loved ones. Making important decisions about financial matters is never easy but during times of great personal distress, it can be much harder.  To help ease this burden and allow people to focus on what is truly important, Mike Oliver Associates... read more

The Oak Barn & Restaurant

The Oak Barn & Restaurant

Posted on 5th February 2019

Come and dine at the Oak Barn for Valentine’s Day VALENTINES DAY Thursday 14th February Serving Food 12pm-3pm & 6pm-9pm Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with our full ‘a la carte’ menu at lunch and a specially designed menu running in the evening. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MENU ... read more

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Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)

"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."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

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Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)

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Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)