News (March 2019)

Footgolf for Hospice

Footgolf for Hospice

Posted on 28th March 2019

“Last year the Hospice held its annual Footgolf tournament, which was really successful, and not only raised almost £1,000, but was enjoyed by all who participated.   So why not join us at Mid Sussex Golf Club, 5pm on Thursday 16th May for this year’s Fottgolf, where the only goal is to have a good time!  The tournament will be played over nine holes and prizes will be given to the highest scorers!   Tickets are £25 per person, £100... read more

Welcome to Travology, new Member

Welcome to Travology, new Member

Posted on 28th March 2019

Late this week we had a welcome addition to the BHBPA Members List when Ian Taylor contacted me to sign up his company Travology.  Here’s his brief over view of the company.   Welcome to Travology – your perfect travel partners. Whether you’re thinking of a sensational Cruise, an exciting adventure around Asia, a honeymoon in the Maldives or a fabulous Villa experience that the whole family will love, you really can count on us for... read more

PVL Triumph at GDB Awards

PVL Triumph at GDB Awards

Posted on 27th March 2019

PVL are Double Award Winners at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2019   The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards (GDBA) one of the UK’s most recognised and prestigious business accolades, were held last week with over 600 attendees from companies hoping to win.   This is the 11th year of these awards, recognising companies from all industries within the Gatwick Diamond who set the standard for business excellence across a variety of different... read more

MHA Carpenter Box Shortlisted

MHA Carpenter Box Shortlisted

Posted on 27th March 2019

Tax Team shortlisted for prestigious national awards   The Tax Services Group at Sussex and Gatwick-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box has been shortlisted in the prestigious Tolley’s Taxation Awards 2019 for Best Tax Practice in a Regional Firm.   The awards are recognised as a mark of national excellence in the tax sector, so MHA Carpenter Box is delighted to have been shortlisted. With a headcount of 25 including 14 Chartered... read more

Bio Finalists at GDB

Bio Finalists at GDB

Posted on 27th March 2019

Bio-Productions finalists in two Gatwick Diamond Business Awards   Ten members of the Bio-Productions team attended the 2019 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards on Thursday 21st March at the Effingham Park Hotel.   The company, led by MD and local business advocate Angela Gill, were in the final three in both the Manufacturer of the Year and the Employer of the Year categories.   With 45,000 businesses and £24 billion GDP the Gatwick Diamond... read more

Sponsors for BHTFC

Sponsors for BHTFC

Posted on 27th March 2019

This news comes from Tina, the Commercial Manager at the football club:-   We have had some great news about sponsorship !! Mansell McTaggart , Burgess Hill, has once again sponsored all our Men’s Senior and Junior Home shirts for the next two years plus one of the Stands within the stadium. Also, the company Green Elephants have extended their sponsorship for another year, so we remain the ” Green Elephant Stadium ” , a name we... read more

Travail Bakes for Comic Relief

Travail Bakes for Comic Relief

Posted on 27th March 2019

Earlier this month, the team at Travail Employment Group did something Yummy for Money!  Red Nose Day gave us the perfect opportunity to fulfill one of our aims for this year, namely to raise money and awareness for charity.  It also gave us the chance to put our recruitment skills on the back burner and bring our baking skills to the fore! Our Comic Relief Bake Sale meant we caught up with clients and candidates, old and new, and raised an impressive... read more

Quiz Night Money Raised

Quiz Night Money Raised

Posted on 20th March 2019

I just want to thank everyone who supported the hospice, at last week’s BHBPA Pub Quiz at the Woolpack, I understand from my colleague Fiona that it was a very good, fun evening, and she was especially pleased to be able to join the team from HIlton Sharp and Clarke and come 5th!   I am pleased to let you know that £538.60 was raised from the raffle which is a terrific amount and I thought you mike like to know about some of our services and... read more

Annual Town Meeting

Annual Town Meeting

Posted on 20th March 2019

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING   The Annual Town Meeting will be held at Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road on Tuesday 9 April 2019 and the meeting will begin at 19.30 hours.   On behalf of the Town Mayor, Chris Cherry I am writing to invite you, or your representative, to attend the meeting.  A copy of the agenda is here for your information.   Ken Glendinning, Head of Strategic Land at Homes England, has accepted our invitation to address the meeting... read more

Latest Rail News

Latest Rail News

Posted on 20th March 2019

Work taking place this weekend, 23-24 March, will include: • Upgrades between Keymer Junction to Montpellier Junction/Hove • Insulated Block Joint recovery and re-railing at Balcombe • Balcombe Tunnel junction renewal including signal moves and track circuit conversions Replacement buses will run from Brighton and all stations to/from Haywards Heath. Please always check your journey before you travel on the National Rail Journey Planner There... read more

PVL are Finalists

PVL are Finalists

Posted on 20th March 2019

PVL are finalists in the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019    The shortlist for the FSB South East Area Awards have been announced and PVL are delighted to announce that we are a finalist for the International Business of the Year Award. The winner of this award goes through to the UK finals being held in London later this year. “I am delighted that we have been named a finalist for the International Business of the Year Award. I am... read more

Footgolf for SPSJ Hospice

Footgolf for SPSJ Hospice

Posted on 20th March 2019

Dear Friends,   Last year the Hospice held its annual Footgolf tournament, which was really successful, and not only raised almost £1,000, but was enjoyed by all who participated.   Because of the success of these events, we are holding another Footgolf Tournament on Thursday 16 May, again at Mid Sussex Golf Club, starting at 5.00pm, and we wanted to let you know in case your company or organisation would be interested in participating... read more

Well Done SE Business Systems

Well Done SE Business Systems

Posted on 20th March 2019

What a great gesture on the part of SEBS in Haywards Heath!  And what an advertisement for the newsletter!  Many thanks for letting me know about this, Dominic. Dominic wrote last week asking if anyone could supply a good sized, maybe old screen on which they could show green spaces around Burgess Hill at public events in the Bedelands Nature reserve to promote conservation. He wrote again on Wednes this week … Hi Peter, I had just one reply... read more

Exhibition Highlights Apprenticeships

Exhibition Highlights Apprenticeships

Posted on 19th March 2019

Sussex firms gather to discuss skills and apprenticeships at Open 4 Business 2019 MSDC event featured an exhibition, speaker programme and pop up student-run café   Representatives from over 45 Sussex businesses gathered to network, make new connections and gain valuable insights about how apprenticeships and other solutions could help them address skills gaps in their organisations last week. The Open4Business: Skills and Apprenticeships event... read more

Dementia Awareness

Dementia Awareness

Posted on 19th March 2019

I have just completed a Dementia Champions session which equips me to give an information session on dementia to interested people. I would be happy to deliver these one hour sessions to members of BHBPA and their staff as part of the Councils efforts to make Burgess Hill a Dementia Friendly town. The Help Point is a Dementia Haven where people who find themselves lost or confused can come or be directed to for assistance. Could you please put something... read more

Finance Available to Small Businesses

Finance Available to Small Businesses

Posted on 18th March 2019

Access finance available to support small businesses Start up and Grow Loans of up to £25,000 can give you a much-needed boost if you’re just starting out or looking to scale up. Or take a look at the British Business Bank’s Finance Hub for more finance options for smaller businesses. If you are an entrepreneur or small business located in the North of England, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund could provide the funding you need to help... read more

Beefeater Bargain Offer

Beefeater Bargain Offer

Posted on 18th March 2019

Dear Peter Thank you for being part of the local marketing trial for The Acorn Beefeater, Burgess Hill . We are delighted to offer employees on Victoria Industrial Estate an exclusive discount for 40% off main meals at lunchtimes and evenings. The offer will be valid Monday to Friday W/C 18th March to W/C 6th May 2019. Your marketing materials will have an activation code that must be taken into the restaurant to redeem your offer. Please use this... read more

Open4Business

Open4Business

Posted on 14th March 2019

MSDC held their event yesterday at the Haywards Heath College site, which is at the moment redundant since the College was forced to close.  I was pleased to hear that there are plans to re-open it in September 2020. The exhibition featured about 25 stands and an array of excellent speakers in a separate room. I went to hear Jonathan Ash-Edwards’ introductory remarks about the successes of business in the local area, and then was impressed... read more

Celebrating 10 Years

Celebrating 10 Years

Posted on 14th March 2019

10th Anniversary & £175k Raised – Time to Celebrate for Charitable Foundation   Sussex-based MHA Carpenter Box is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its pioneering charitable foundation…by committing to add £20,000 in 2019 to the £175,000 already raised for voluntary groups serving communities local to its Worthing and Gatwick offices.   The chartered accountancy firm was one of the first businesses in the area to set up a charitable... read more

Leap in Front Again

Leap in Front Again

Posted on 14th March 2019

Incredibly, unbelievably, Leap Environmental won the BHBPA Quiz Award for the third consecutive time earlier this week.  This bunch of likeable, modest, unassuming eggheads needs to be taken down a peg or two, and soon. They will quickly be getting too big for their fieldwork boots as they gaze down upon us lesser mortals who don’t even know the difference between the writings of Homer and Virgil, who can’t even remember which Little... read more

Discuss Brexit Concerns

Discuss Brexit Concerns

Posted on 14th March 2019

‘The Coast to Capital Growth Hub is holding a Brexit Week where there will be scheduled 1 to 1 clinics for businesses to come and discuss Brexit concerns with our Account Managers. In addition, outside specialists are available on selective days to add support and insight with regards to International Trade Issues, Tax implications and the impact of Brexit on commercial contracts. These Clinics are taking place in Chichester at Freedom Works, Croydon... read more

Electric Vehicle Survey

Electric Vehicle Survey

Posted on 13th March 2019

It is the Government’s ambition for at least half of new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030, and all vehicles to have zero emissions by 2050, but what does that mean for West Sussex businesses? From Friday 8th March to Friday 10th May 2019, West Sussex County Council is conducting an online survey to gather businesses thoughts on electric vehicles and charging points to help inform and shape its strategy.  The survey consists of 6 questions... read more

Screen Wanted

Screen Wanted

Posted on 13th March 2019

On behalf of registered local wildlife conservation charity, Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network, I’m looking for a fairly large computer monitor screen, 23 in or up to about 30 in. This is to display video footage, including some taken by drone, of our green sites in Burgess Hill & some of the wildlife to be found on them. If one of your members has such a screen surplus to requirements, I would happily collect it & acknowledge... read more

Flexibility Sponsors

Flexibility Sponsors

Posted on 13th March 2019

We are pleased to announce that Flexibility Matters will be sponsoring the Gatwick Diamond Skills Summit on Thursday the 21st of March. This is a fantastic event which aims to discover how digital technology is transforming the way we work.  The continued and rapid development of technology tools has had a significant impact on the way we do business and the growth of digital technology won’t be slowing down. ​ Automation, cloud-based... read more

Skills Shortage Concern

Skills Shortage Concern

Posted on 13th March 2019

METALL #10 Solutions to the Skills Chasm   The lack of recruits at every level consistently tops the list of concerns for manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses both in the South and nationally. The next meeting of METALL – the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Alliance (METALL #10) – seeks to find some practical solutions to this long-term problem which hinders business growth and risks succession.   By bringing businesses... read more

Strategies for Flexible Success

Strategies for Flexible Success

Posted on 11th March 2019

STRATEGIES FOR FLEXIBLE SUCCESS – SUSSEX COMPANIES LEAD THE WAY   According to a recent roundtable discussion involving prominent senior representatives of 14 Sussex businesses, with the right implementation, the rewards of a flexible workforce can far outweigh any of the challenges in getting there.   Initiated by ‘Work Links’, made up of Emma Cleary, Flexibility Matters, Winnie Man, Propellernet and Cat Harris, Baby to Boardroom, all... read more

Woman Who Changed the World

Woman Who Changed the World

Posted on 6th March 2019

Marie Skłodowska Curie changed the world not once but twice. She founded the new science of radioactivity – even the word was invented by her – and her discoveries launched effective cures for cancer. “Curie boasts an extraordinary array of achievements,” says Patricia Fara, president of the British Society for the History of Science, who nominated the Polish-born French scientist. “She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, first female... read more

Why you should enter! Angela’s View

Why you should enter! Angela’s View

Posted on 6th March 2019

ARE YOU STILL CONSIDERING WRITING a submission for a colleague?   I urge you to do so.   There is ALWAYS someone deserving of this accolade, have a think and pop a few words onto the form and let the judges decided.   Its so simple and the  more entries, the more competition, the more fun!   The brilliant workforce in Burgess Hill & Mid Sussex deserve our recognition.   I recall the buzz the awards created here at Bio Productions... read more

Hospice Event

Hospice Event

Posted on 6th March 2019

Hospice Notice Our brand new event takes place on the 23rd June and is a 2,7,or 10mile sponsored walk through the beautiful parkland of Borde Hill and beyond, taking in the sweeping views of the stunning Sussex countryside as you raise money to help local families.  Add a pinwheel to our field of remembrance and make memories with your loved ones at our post walk picnic in the park.  Click on the link to sign up for the early bird offer. https://stpjhospice.org/events/midsummer-stroll/ Wendy... read more

Network Rail Nearly Finished

Network Rail Nearly Finished

Posted on 6th March 2019

From Network Rail … the two videos are worth a look.   Dear Stakeholder,   As we embark on the final series of weekend work, we thought you might be interested to see a brief recap of the work that took place at Balcombe Tunnel Junction and what remains to be done. Click here to view Click here to view the second video As always, if you have any concerns about the work we are doing and wish to meet to discuss any aspect further, please... read more

30 Years of Rewards

30 Years of Rewards

Posted on 6th March 2019

This year we are celebrating 30 years in business! Have you seen our company timeline yet?   National Apprenticeship Week takes place next week, 4 to 8 March 2019. It is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. If you are a business that is looking to invest in existing staff, or are ready to recruit into... read more

Auction for Community Transport Sussex

Auction for Community Transport Sussex

Posted on 6th March 2019

Hi everyone – we worked in partnership with Fundraising Auctions in October 2018 who supported our Halloween Ball in October 2018.   https://fundraising-auctions.bid/previewauction/ctsussex/CT-Sussex     They have kindly offered us a one month promotion whereby by clicking on the link above you can purchase experiences and items from a range of offers,  – any  purchase of these will raise a percentage of funds as a charitable... read more

Raffle Prizes Required for Scouts Please

Raffle Prizes Required for Scouts Please

Posted on 6th March 2019

To whom it may concern, The 5th Burgess Hill (Worlds End) Scout Group are fundraising to raise funds towards building a new Scout Hut at our location behind Wivelsfield train station in Burgess Hill. Originally built in the early 1960s, the hut has deteriorated significantly over the years of regular use. We have recently been lucky enough to acquire the land the hut sits on, which gives us the opportunity to build a new, modern and purpose-built... read more

Racking anyone?

Racking anyone?

Posted on 6th March 2019

We were wondering if you might know of or be able to find out if anyone within the Business Park has any spare pallet racking surplus to requirements, we only need a couple of bays?  If you can help, please call or email Sarah Bruce on 01444 232366  or  Sarah.Bruce@bluelitegraphics.com This request has come from Bluelite Graphics, based on the Victoria Business Park Bluelite Graphics Ltd,  Unit 7 Sovereign Business Park,  Albert Drive, Burgess... read more

Aneela Inspires Students

Aneela Inspires Students

Posted on 6th March 2019

The beauty of storytelling is that people will listen, if told well. On Monday morning, Aneela Rose of Rose Media Group was invited as the inspirational speaker at the Year 8 assembly to share her fascinating story of how she turned her failures into successes. 172 students listened attentively to how Aneela coped with challenges such as struggling at school and having an identity crisis. Aneela told the students, “Don’t be limited by other people’s... read more

Blackman Terry Free Seminar

Blackman Terry Free Seminar

Posted on 6th March 2019

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Anya Hits Top Hundred

Anya Hits Top Hundred

Posted on 6th March 2019

Anya Ledwith, Eshcon, listed in the f:Entrepreneur Top 100   ANYA LEDWITH, founder of environmental management consultancy Eshcon, has been listed in the f:Entrepreneur #ialso Top 100 of female business leaders.   Run by f:Entrepreneur, this group highlights female business leaders who also support a range of other projects too … hence the “I also” tag. This provides lessons of challenge and success for all small business founders... read more

Request for Help

Request for Help

Posted on 6th March 2019

Hi Peter, I hope this finds you well. I wonder, on behalf of the Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network (registered charity 1118153), whether one of the companies in your association might have a large monitor screen they want to be rid of? I’m looking for one to use at public events – particularly the eighth ‘Wild About Mid Sussex’ event on 1st. June 2019 – to display videos of open spaces around Burgess Hill such... read more

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