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 with Simon Chuter telling us about a novel way of accessing student skills through the Catalyst Team at the Innovation Centre, part of Sussex University. I also heard Jeff Alexander making some relevant and cogent points about the meeting the skills challenge. However, for me the best speech was delivered with great maturity by two apprentice ambassadors who told us all the benefits for a business of having an apprentice . The whole event was very well organised by The Rose Media Group, with help from TS Professional with the sound system.
"“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! ” "
"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 the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"