News (September 2019)

Hampers for Christmas

Hampers for Christmas

Posted on 26th September 2019

A HELPING HAND THIS CHRISTMAS Could your company give a helping hand to families and individuals in need this Festive Season? Many local people on low incomes are struggling with the rising cost of living and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time with extra expense but no extra money. A partnership of local organisations is collecting donations of food from a list of items needed to make up Christmas Food Hampers. The Food Hampers will be... read more

Brexit Bootcamps

Brexit Bootcamps

Posted on 26th September 2019

Brexit Awareness Boot Camps – preparing you for all outcomes A series of awareness boot-camps across Sussex will be held in October to address the many questions businesses are asking. We’ll have on hand experts from a variety of specialist fields to answer your questions. The dates for these workshops will be announced soon across our website, social media and newsletters.   ALL Business Brexit Awareness Boot-Camp events are open to ALL... read more

Other News

Other News

Posted on 26th September 2019

THURS 24TH OCTOBER 7.30PM FOR 8.00PM A Chinese dinner in association with Burgess Hill District Lions Club in aid of WOODLANDS MEED SCHOOL ~~~~~~~ Buffet starter & set main courses Contact Tony Parris Tel: 01444 243003 ____________________ St Edward’s Church – Royal George Rd. are holding a Harvest Festival service on Sunday 29th at 10.00. Collections of tinned/dried or packet food would be gratefully received, all donations will be... read more

Carolyn Goes Freelance

Carolyn Goes Freelance

Posted on 26th September 2019

BHBPA member Carolyn Bentley, who worked as an Adviser for 20 years to local companies on behalf of the Department for International Trade, started her own freelance Export Support business at the beginning of the year. Please do take a look at her new website at www.cbtradesupport.co.uk Carolyn can also be contacted by email at carolyn@cbtradesupport.co.uk  or on 07713 085371 if you would like a chat about how she might be able to help you. A particular... read more

CT Sussex Up For Award

CT Sussex Up For Award

Posted on 26th September 2019

What are the Community Transport Awards? This year we’re holding the Community Transport Awards to recognise examples of excellence from the community transport sector, highlighting the stories and achievements of organisations and individuals who have gone above and beyond for their communities. The awards, along with a drinks reception and three course dinner are taking place at the end of the first day of CT ’19 – our two day event in Manchester... read more

Extech Wins Award

Extech Wins Award

Posted on 24th September 2019

2019 Chamber Business Awards Regional win for Extech Cloud   Extech Cloud, an IT Support and Cloud technology company, with its headquarters based in Burgess Hill in Mid Sussex, has been crowned one of the winners in the Southern Region heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2019. Now in their 16th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.   The... read more

15 Up for Rose Media Group

15 Up for Rose Media Group

Posted on 24th September 2019

Rose Media Group celebrated its 15th anniversary last Thursday by throwing a glitzy party at Malmaison Brighton. From the moment guests arrived they were treated to a decadent affair with fabulous canapes, fizz and fun. Clients past and present listened to speeches from Jet and Hunter, stars of the iconic 90s TV series ‘Gladiators’, and local personality Jack the Lad. The sporting tie-in was a nod to RMG owner, Aneela Rose, who became a World... read more

Economic Development Under Spotlight

Economic Development Under Spotlight

Posted on 19th September 2019

Economic Development Under the Spotlight for Property Experts   Worthing and Adur Councils’ pivotal role as enablers for economic success was the focus for the latest Sussex Property Alliance (SPA) event.   Martin Randall, Director for the Economy, described how collaboration between the councils was creating new opportunities for business growth and for both residential and commercial property development, generating productivity that outstrips... read more

Seasonal Parties at County Ground

Seasonal Parties at County Ground

Posted on 19th September 2019

CHRISTMAS & SEASONAL PARTIES UNWRAP CHRISTMAS AT THE 1ST CENTRAL COUNTY GROUND THIS YEAR AND CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON IN STYLE Whether it’s for the office party, a special dinner with family and loved ones, or catching up with friends, we have a range of fabulous Christmas packages designed and wrapped up for you to enjoy with friends, family or work colleagues, making sure you kick-start your festive season celebrations as you mean go on! We... read more

PDP Fire Safety Training

PDP Fire Safety Training

Posted on 19th September 2019

Extinguisher Training…………… Do I or my staff need it?   There is a view held by some business owners that staff do not need training in the use of fire extinguishers, that this is dangerous and should not be attempted. This is normally driven by the fear of staff becoming injured and ultimately litigation should a member of staff become injured.   It should be noted that all fires have a small beginning such as a lit match, smouldering... read more

Hog Well Roasted at Woolpack

Hog Well Roasted at Woolpack

Posted on 19th September 2019

On Wednesday this week members came together at the Woolpack for a Hog Roast. The idea was given to me for such an event by Lance, the owner of the Woolpack, who is always looking for ideas to continue the fantastic success he has achieved with this venture. He is also a great supporter of the BHBPA and of the town of Burgess Hill, as well as being a genuinely affable and genial guy. I arrived early and he showed me around the pub, the gardens and... read more

Trustees Needed at Aspire

Trustees Needed at Aspire

Posted on 18th September 2019

Aspire Sussex Ltd is the charity which has been running adult and community education in and beyond West Sussex since 2012.   We wish to appoint new Trustees and would be particularly interested in applications from individuals with a Legal, Marketing or Finance background.  As a Trustee you will be responsible as part of the Board for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity.  Board and sub-committee meetings are usually... read more

Tribute to Dame Vera

Tribute to Dame Vera

Posted on 12th September 2019

Kiwi Musician Performs Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn   Popular songs from yesteryear will be performed by professional musician Vicki Lee in support of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint on Saturday 21 September.   The musical journey through the life and times of Dame Vera Lynn will be performed in the historic Great Hall of Danny House when audience participation will be very much the order of the day.   During... read more

Cyber Security – What You Least Expect Sometimes Happens!

Cyber Security – What You Least Expect Sometimes Happens!

Posted on 11th September 2019

Even with the best security software that IT budgets permit, office networks will be penetrated. One ‘click’ of a rogue email by an employee to infect one or more workstation, allow hackers in, cause a data breach or even a cyber ransom. The Bureau is giving weekly cyber security awareness talks to discuss the real and present threat of cyber crime.The talks are held at The Kings Church in Burgess Hill The Bureau presents the stark reality of... read more

Course – Building Client Relationships

Course – Building Client Relationships

Posted on 11th September 2019

Sussex Chamber of Commerce Course to be held at The King’s Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR  on 19th Sept from 9.30 – 4.30 01444 259259 The course is ideal for people of all levels who are in a position where they need to interact regularly with their clients, whether that is in sales, customer service or at a senior management level where client relationships are often made or lost. AIM To make the process of relationship... read more

Free Solar PV Consultation

Free Solar PV Consultation

Posted on 11th September 2019

Burgess Hill based PDP Services has recently completed another Solar PV install on a commercial roof space. The installation is on the roof of Bluelite Graphics Ltd premises, also in Burgess Hill.   PDP is a leading commercial Solar PV installer, specialising in both small and large solar installations. PDP has been installing solar PV systems on various types of properties for over ten years including warehouses, schools and solar farms.   Bluelite... read more

Smart Grants from Innovate UK

Smart Grants from Innovate UK

Posted on 11th September 2019

Dear Business Associations,   I hope you are all well and have had a good summer break.   We have been made aware of some grant funding being offered under a new scheme being offered by Innovate UK known as “Smart Grants”.   The scheme is very similar to the Micro Business Grant Scheme and invites small businesses with a project idea to apply. Grants of up to £500,000 are available for projects lasting between 6-18 months and up... read more

PSPO for Burgess Hill

PSPO for Burgess Hill

Posted on 11th September 2019

Glen at Aureo sent me details this week of a MSDC consultation concerning anti-social behaviour and specifically an effort to stop boy racers using the business parks as a race track. Community Safety Start Date:     24 July 2019              End Date:       17 September 2019 Consultation Details Mid Sussex District Council is consulting on the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under Section 59-75 of the... read more

Traveller Eviction

Traveller Eviction

Posted on 11th September 2019

I received this information from Steve Cridland, CEO at BHTC this week. He received the news from PC Pete Dummett of Sussex Police. Subject: Travellers eviction today from Gatwick Dear All Gatwick is evicting a group of travellers from airport owned land today. They have about 7 vehicles and at this stage have given no information about their intentions. Please share with any local landowners and other interested persons Pete ... read more

New Name for Kingston Smith

New Name for Kingston Smith

Posted on 11th September 2019

Kingston Smith changes its name to Moore Kingston Smith We are delighted to announce that we have changed our name and will now be known as Moore Kingston Smith. Our new name reflects our membership of the Moore Stephens International Network, one of the world’s major accounting and consulting networks, which has also simultaneously rebranded to become known as Moore. Paul Samrah, Partner in Redhill commented: “Kingston Smith joined the global... read more

Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist

Posted on 5th September 2019

Celebrating the launch of Christmas cards and fine art prints of ‘St John’s at Christmas,’ alongside an exhibition of work by the artist, Melanie Hodge.   Card sales will benefit St John’s Church with a percentage of A2 Fine Art Print sales going to St John’s and the children’s mental health charity YoungMinds.   Originally painted in reverse oils on glass, the original painting will be on display at St John’s throughout October,... read more

Sir Nicholas Soames Loses the Whip

Sir Nicholas Soames Loses the Whip

Posted on 5th September 2019

An emotional Mid Sussex MP said he was ‘truly very said it should end this way’ after almost 37 years in Parliament. This report is from the Mid Sussex Times Sir Nicholas Soames, who represented Crawley from 1983-1997 and then Mid Sussex ever since, lost the Tory whip this week after rebelling against the Government. The motion, which was passed by a majority in the Commons on Tuesday night, and then the subsequent bill debated on Wednesday, seeks... read more

Support Apprentices

Support Apprentices

Posted on 5th September 2019

Support young people in your community   Does your business pay the Apprenticeship Levy? Do you have unspent funds? Any unspent funds go straight back to the Treasury – why not help some local youngsters instead?   Once again this year the number of young people in Burgess Hill hoping to start their careers with an apprenticeship at Steve Willis Training outstrips our government funding allocation. Apprenticeship funding for non-levy payers... read more

VAT Rules Change

VAT Rules Change

Posted on 4th September 2019

VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry I know this sounds straight out of an episode of “Gladiators” from the 1990s BUT, “Businesses, are you ready?” If you operate in the construction sector, the VAT rules change from the 1st October 2019. To counter fraud in the construction sector, ‘reverse charge’ provisions are being introduced for supplies between contractors of construction services liable to VAT at either the standard... read more

Work Experience at RPD

Work Experience at RPD

Posted on 4th September 2019

Do you know a school child with a passion for maths? Work experience at accountancy firm Richard Place Dobson is the perfect opportunity!   Richard Place Dobson (RPD), is one of the leading Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in the Sussex area and regularly works with local schools to offer pupils work experience at the firm.   RPD has been providing a wide range of services to owner managed businesses, limited companies, sole traders,... read more

New Trainees at Carpenter Box

New Trainees at Carpenter Box

Posted on 4th September 2019

MHA Carpenter Box welcomes highest number ever of new Trainees   Sussex-based chartered accountants, MHA Carpenter Box, has recruited its largest ever intake of new trainees. Over the last year, 13 new trainees have joined the firm which has offices in Brighton, Worthing and Gatwick. Nine of the 13 are enrolled on the firm’s Platinum Accredited training programme on the road to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification.... read more

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"“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! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"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."

The Hon Nicholas Soames MP

""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.""

Dave Farmer, German Translator
(Dave Farmer & Co)

"Since joining BHBPA we have found it to be a dynamic and vibrant members’ organisation, with excellent, regular and informative meetings.

Peter Liddell does a first class job in ensuring that members’ interests are aired and addressed.
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Mark O'Shea, Partner
(Rawlison Butler)