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.
"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."
"“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! ” "
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."