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 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.”"
"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."
"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."
"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. "