News (October 2019)

Brilliant Bake Off Success

Brilliant Bake Off Success

Posted on 30th October 2019

The efforts made by individuals and companies towards the BHBPA Bake Off event were simply outstanding. When I arrived at The King’s Church just after 10am, I was blown away by the number and the excellence of the cakes submitted for entry in the competition. There were an incredible thirty entries in all, and the ‘poor’ judges had to taste every one of them. The judges, Kevin Chaplin and Shakira Tettersell from Lizzie’s Food... read more

Take on an Apprentice

Take on an Apprentice

Posted on 29th October 2019

Could your business benefit from taking on a 16-18 year old? If yes, now’s the time, as the Government are offering a £1000 incentive! Further, if you have under 50 employees, there are no co-investment costs to be met by you – making it free to take on an apprentice. More benefits to you: ✔ Employees learn whilst working, causing minimal disruption. ✔ No day release to college. ✔ Learning is relevant to their job role. ✔ Accredited and... read more

Bio Goes Pink

Bio Goes Pink

Posted on 24th October 2019

FROM GREEN TO PINK IN AID OF CHARITY   A Burgess Hill company with green credentials has changed its colour for the month of October, with a special emphasis today (Fri 18th) as staff at Bio Productions arrived for work clad from tip to toe in pink to mark breast cancer awareness.   From the production team to the board room, workers at the Victoria Road firm threw themselves behind the cause and raised in excess of £100 from their efforts.   Even... read more

From the Coordinator

From the Coordinator

Posted on 24th October 2019

It was with some sadness that last week I mentioned in passing that I was retiring from the role of Coordinator of the BHBPA at the end of this year. That will mean that I have held the post for exactly thirteen years, as I began in much confusion in January 2007. It has been somewhat to my surprise that a number of people have emailed me to express their good wishes for the future and also in some cases their thanks for my tenure at the BHBPA. It... read more

Plea from the Chairperson

Plea from the Chairperson

Posted on 24th October 2019

Personal message from BHBPA Chairman, Susan Fleet To all members via the newsletter Bake Off for a very special cause I do hope you will be able to join us on Wednesday for the Bake-Off event at TKC; it will be a very special and highly enjoyable occasion to support a charity close to many of our hearts. This is not about how good you are at cake making, and I urge everyone to come along and join in the fun at what promises to be a fantastic networking... read more

Toy Appeal for Christmas

Toy Appeal for Christmas

Posted on 24th October 2019

More Radio Mid Sussex are looking for your Toy donations this Christmas where we will look to supply these out into our charities across Sussex and locally in Mid Sussex with likes of Kangaroos and DVLCC and Forward Facing and Chailey Heritage and many in our community who are going to be less fortunate than others!   We will have main Tesco store in Burgess Hill as a larger public drop point but also have been kindly supported by our friends... read more

Job Spec for BHBPA Coordinator

Job Spec for BHBPA Coordinator

Posted on 17th October 2019

Burgess Hill Business Park Association Co-ordinator   About the BHBPA   The BHBPA was founded in 2004 and has grown to include members beyond the town itself, with the common aim of supporting those businesses trading in the area   The Association is constituted as a Company Limited by guarantee with a Chairman and small board of directors drawn from the business community. The activities of the Association are managed and guided by... read more

Corporate Opportunities at Sussex CCC

Corporate Opportunities at Sussex CCC

Posted on 17th October 2019

The 2019 cricket season has recently come to a close.   The 2019 season saw Sussex Cricket continue to excel within T20 cricket, after narrowly missing out in the final against Worcestershire in 2018 the Sharks topped the South group in 2019 before being defeated once again by Worcestershire in a home quarter-final. The Club continue to promote youth and Sussex academy graduates within 50 over and County Championship cricket and the team is certainly... read more

Sleeping Rough

Sleeping Rough

Posted on 17th October 2019

  Good afternoon  BHBPA Members, Whether it’s a perception of better prospects or a milder climate, or the dynamics of the local socio-economic culture, the city of Brighton & Hove creates/attracts a very large number of homeless people. It is estimated that on any given night there are 175 people sleeping rough in the city, and it is a fact that each year around 15 or more will die, mainly over the winter when the temperature drops.   A... read more

Wellbeing MOTs

Wellbeing MOTs

Posted on 17th October 2019

As part of a national drive to improve Health and Wellbeing in the workplace, the Wellbeing Team at Mid Sussex District Council are offering local employers the chance to support their employees by offering to come to your premises to carry out Wellbeing MOTs for you and your staff. An unhealthy and unhappy workforce can be costly. Each year 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence in the UK, costing UK businesses an estimated £29 billion. How... read more

GDB Awards

GDB Awards

Posted on 17th October 2019

Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2020  Now open for entries from BHBPA members!   Entering the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards is free and open to any business in the Gatwick Diamond region which of course includes Burgess Hill.   Why enter? We have designed our Awards so that the process of entering is in itself worthwhile.  The feedback we get shows, for example, that it is an excellent opportunity to engage staff in identifying what... read more

Fire Walk for Hospice

Fire Walk for Hospice

Posted on 17th October 2019

Dear Supporter, You’re invited to join us at Mid Sussex Golf Club on 30th October to face your fears and take on our firewalk. Enjoy an interactive training seminar with Europe’s most experienced firewalker before taking a barefoot walk over red-hot embers. Bring your friends and family along to cheer you on and share an evening full of fun, fire and inspiration. Entry is just £25 with a promise to raise £100. Alternatively pay £125 and have... read more

From MHA Carpenter Box

From MHA Carpenter Box

Posted on 16th October 2019

Making a Success of Marketing   Manufacturing businesses in Sussex are on the road to marketing success following the latest event run by METALL, the forum for local manufacturing, engineering and technology companies.   Industrial marketing specialists, Katie and Nik Webb, directors of Worthing-based agency Molokini Marketing, guided members through the common marketing challenges facing businesses in the sector, and how they can tackle... read more

Bike Ride Raises 10K for Vera Charity

Bike Ride Raises 10K for Vera Charity

Posted on 15th October 2019

Mike Oliver keeps the wheels turning for charity   Chairman of the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride, keen cyclist Mike Oliver, IFA and principal of Mike Oliver Associates, worked alongside a host of local volunteers on Sunday 13th October for the local charity cycling sportive in its 2019 autumn slot. As a supporter of the event since its inception in 2011 and sponsor for the past 3 years, this is a job that Mike doesn’t mind being saddled... read more

Mike Rides Again

Mike Rides Again

Posted on 10th October 2019

Major Bike Ride Sponsor Gears Up for Autumn Event   Sussex IFA, Mike Oliver, principal of Mike Oliver Associates in Haywards Heath, took up the mantle of new chairman for the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride earlier this year.  As major sponsors, the team at Mike Oliver Associates are now eagerly awaiting this iconic local cycling sportive in its new autumn slot on the weekend.   The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride is now in its ninth... read more

BHBPA Work Experience Awards at BH Academy

BHBPA Work Experience Awards at BH Academy

Posted on 10th October 2019

In July, 100 Year 10 students were launched into the working world.  A scary prospect for them and the employers, but they flourished.  There were so many wonderful comments from employers but the one heard most often was “One of the best work experience students we’ve ever had” 34 students excelled in areas of their work placement and were invited to take part in the Work Experience Student of the Year Award which is sponsored by the Burgess... read more

Bake Off Coming Soon

Bake Off Coming Soon

Posted on 10th October 2019

Ready, Steady, Bake … Wednesday 30 October  in support of St Peter & St James Hospice. The Great BHBPA Bake Off is coming up at The Kings Church soon and we need your support on this. 1. PLEASE bake a cake, or implore your colleagues to bake one. 2. Bake a corporate cake There is a section for Corporate Cakes to be judged, so make sure, if you can, that your colleague who is the ace baker is given the time and the tools to bake one for... read more

At The Oak Barn

At The Oak Barn

Posted on 10th October 2019

National Seafood Week Monday 7th – Saturday 12th October An annual campaign with the aim to get people eating more seafood, more often. What better way to try than coming and having one of the Chefs specials. Don’t like fish? We will be running the specials alongside our main menu. UK Sausage Week Monday 28th October – Saturday 2nd November Celebrating the great British banger! Designed to help boost local trade each autumn. With all our meat... read more

Tender for Open 4 Business

Tender for Open 4 Business

Posted on 10th October 2019

Dear local business associations,   I hope you are all well.   The Council has now issued its invitation to tender for event management and marketing for Open4Business 2019/20. Please see the specification attached and share this information with your members.   Please note, while the main tender is for a large amount of work involving event planning, promotion and management, there will be opportunities for sub-contracting to support... read more

Maximise Your Membership

Maximise Your Membership

Posted on 10th October 2019

Maximise Your Membership – Members Only To help ensure you are getting the most from your membership, we are pleased to announce we are holding a Maximise Your Membership event at The King’s Church, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill. This event is ideal for members who: Would like to meet the Sussex Chamber team to ensure you are taking advantage of every available opportunity that your Chamber membership offers? Would like to meet and network... read more

Snippets from Parris

Snippets from Parris

Posted on 10th October 2019

The Burgess Hill District Lions Club have been invited by Burgess Hill Radio to help Santa in his grotto again! You can visit Santa at 89 Church Walk The cost is £4 which includes a present, a chance to talk to Santa and an opportunity to take photos. All profits raised will support Woodlands Meed School ___________________________________________ The Burgess Hill Theatre Club will be holding a Coffee Morning at The Theatre, Church Walk, on Saturday... read more

PDP Wins Karting

PDP Wins Karting

Posted on 10th October 2019

There may have been just 13 of us on the track driving Go Karts, and I might have finished very nearly last, but what a marvellous afternoon of Karting it turned out to be. Having not been Karting at QLeisure for about 8 years I arrived early and went for a sneak look at the track and facilities. I was amazed at the improvements and upgrading of the whole complex there, and as for the track itself, it was immaculate, in the same manner as the driving... read more

Birth of the Lemonade Print Group

Birth of the Lemonade Print Group

Posted on 3rd October 2019

Prizmatic and DPS Partnership merge to form exciting new print and design company – Lemonade Print Group   The Lemonade Print Group is a brand new company which is firmly built on the foundations laid down by two companies who have been trading in Sussex and beyond for a combined 38 years.   By merging both Prizmatic Solutions and DPS Partnership, Lemonade Print has expanded its manufacturing resources, benefitting from the wealth... read more

New Venture Needs Your Help

New Venture Needs Your Help

Posted on 3rd October 2019

A team of Burgess Hill parents are excited to be planning the launch of a new weekly Friday evening club in the town, that has at its heart a desire to provide a safe, accessible and exciting space for local year 7 to 11 children to enjoy. United in a shared connection to recent tragic events that have highlighted mental health and wellbeing concerns of local school age children, and a desire to provide new facilities for the town’s younger generation,... read more

Your Fire Equipment?

Your Fire Equipment?

Posted on 3rd October 2019

Do you know who’s responsible for the servicing of your fire extinguishers and other firefighting equipment?   Are you confused about the servicing and maintenance of your portable firefighting equipment? We are going to take the lid off and explain what you need to know and do. The Regulatory Reformed Fire Safety Order (RRFSO) requires that if you have provided firefighting equipment you should also provide training and maintain it.   The... read more

The Great BHBPA Bake Off

The Great BHBPA Bake Off

Posted on 2nd October 2019

Ready, Steady, Bake … Wednesday 30 October   The Great British Bake Off resurfaced on our screens on Channel 4 on August 27. Since then we’ve all been digesting Cake, Biscuit, Bread and Dairy Week, so you’re sure to have picked up some tips and will have no difficulty getting in the mood for The BHBPA Awesome Autumn Battle of the Bakes, in support of St Peter & St James Hospice.   It’s time to don your pinnies, whip out... read more

Planning for Later Life

Planning for Later Life

Posted on 2nd October 2019

Essential planning to enjoy your later life   No-one can avoid old age, so the sooner you can start to prepare for it the better! It will avoid any unwelcome surprises upon reaching retirement. However, planning for the future can be a daunting task. For this reason, Sussex-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box are joining together with Worthing-based solicitors Bennett Griffin, Worthing charity Guild Care and retirement specialists Just... read more

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"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."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

"“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)

"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."

Nick Broom, Managing Director
(PVL UK Ltd)

"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)