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 on 10 May. This biennial event, debuted in 2017 with much fanfare. Its initial success guaranteed a future on the local awards stage.
BHBiz Awards is an award ceremony with a difference; it isn’t just about profits and order books – but the people behind them. Across twelve categories (four new ones for 2019), judges will recognise the achievements of employees from the top to the bottom of organisations for their contribution to the workplace and their community.
As founder and CEO of E-mpower.IT, which has been supplying managed IT services to local SMEs for 20 years, Jaffer, who is also an a ambassador for GDB (Gatwick Diamond Business), is passionate about the benefits of networking and the recognition awards can bring for businesses in the local area.
Jaffer’s appointment will see him bring a wealth of experience to the board of the BHBPA.
Having begun his career in the agricultural supply sector, he was appointed UK director of Burson Marsteller, part of the Young & Rubicam advertising group, working with clients world-wide on aligning company culture to the image portrayed of them in marketing campaigns.
He left in 1989 to found his own management consultancy, specialising in company culture and communication. But in 1999 with digital technology beginning to transform the way businesses worked and engaged, he founded managed IT solutions provider, E-mpower.IT.
“As a business we have a strong track record in supporting companies that are ambitious in their growth plans or already have a strong growth record,” says Jaffer. “A number of our clients started with us as one-man bands and have grown to become multi-million pound companies for whom we still provide outsourced IT services.
“So, I am very familiar with the issues faced by companies as they expand and prosper. As a director of BHBPA, I hope to use that experience to add value to the incredible work it already does on behalf of our business community.”
""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""
"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. "
"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."
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."