Posted on 12th December 2019
For my last official engagement (sounds like a member of the Royal Family), because Ed Sheeran couldn’t make it, I was invited as Coordinator of the BHBPA to go yesterday to the Rose Media Group to adjudicate on their very important Christmas jumper competition.
The staff bevy of beauties were all clad in festive jumpers and what a task it was to judge which was best. After several seconds of serious consideration I chose to give the prestigious prize to Julia for her efforts and for the alliteration available for the newsletter headline later.
How incredibly kind, generous and civilised of them all to keep me there with coffee for almost an hour while we discussed the wider issues of education and socialisation in our schools. I hope I didn’t bore them to death but they were very patient, as you should be with older people!
It was a great pleasure, so thanks, Aneela, for inviting me and for the gifts for my departure. Thanks too for all the support down the years.
"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. "
"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."
"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. "
"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."