News (January 2020)

WSCC Consultation re Licensing of Pavement Tables & Chairs

WSCC Consultation re Licensing of Pavement Tables & Chairs

Posted on 30th January 2020

On 28th January I received the letter below from WSCC. If you, or any business acquaintances, licence the use of tables and chairs on the pavement – street traders, cafes and restaurants in the main I presume – please note the contents below: *** 28 January 2020 15:08 Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to you as I have you recorded as a business stakeholder on my records and if it is appropriate we would welcome your opinion. I do apologise for taking... read more

Open4Business – returns on 26th March

Open4Business – returns on 26th March

Posted on 30th January 2020

Mid Sussex District Council brings back its ‘Open4Business’ event on 26 March 2020 at the Norfolk Pavilion, South of England Showground, Ardingly from 3.00pm to 6:30pm (7.00pm for networking).  Free parking is available at the event alongside a free shuttle bus service provided by Metro Bus. The shuttle bus will run from both Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath train station before, during and after the event. Timings of this service will be shared... read more

BHCC – Indoor Practice & Winter Nets 2020

BHCC – Indoor Practice & Winter Nets 2020

Posted on 30th January 2020

The Club has already started coaching in some of our local primary schools and this programme extends until the end of March with indoor practice for all Adult and Youth members commencing in just a couple of weeks. These are the details for the Adult and Youth 2020 winter nets timetable along with all relevant information which will hopefully answer any questions. U10s and Younger (this seasons age groups), U11 girls For boys who are U10 and... read more

Woodlands Meed Careers & Transition Fair

Woodlands Meed Careers & Transition Fair

Posted on 30th January 2020

Woodlands Meed held its first Careers and Transition Fair on 14th January at The Kings Church in Burgess Hill. The event brought together local employers, day services, transitional services and further education settings with a passion for recognising the potential of people with SEND in the world of work, and the value of giving them an opportunity to make a valued contribution to society. Woodlands Meed is a generic special needs school and college... read more

Sussex Chamber of Commerce Events

Sussex Chamber of Commerce Events

Posted on 30th January 2020

Here’s some information about two upcoming Chamber events. First there’s ‘A New Approach to Procurement’, an event to be held at the Chichester Park Hotel, Chichester on 12th February. Click here. Second, there ‘Improving Your Credit Control Legally’, an event at Bannatynes Hotel, Hastings on 26th February. Click here.      ... read more

Meet Ana Christie – Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Meet Ana Christie – Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Posted on 30th January 2020

I recently met Ana Christie, Chief Executive Officer of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce based in the Victoria Business Centre in Victoria Road. Being one of the 53 accredited chambers across the country, as part of the British Chambers of Commerce, Ana and her team are an important channel for us as a local Business Association to lobby Central Government on ‘big ticket’ business issues. At the moment, the hot topics being focused on by the British... read more

MSCA Business Club Supper – Friday 13th March 2020 7-10pm

MSCA Business Club Supper – Friday 13th March 2020 7-10pm

Posted on 30th January 2020

Mims Davies our newly elected MP for Mid Sussex and Minister for Employment invites you to an evening with Wol Kolade, who is Head of Livingbridge (which owns companies with cutting edge technology to improve businesses), a non-exec director of NHS Improvement and Chair of the Private Equity Industry Association. The topic is ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, and the opportunities for businesses in sectors hitherto unaffected by automation – including... read more

Next Phase of Works Along A2300

Next Phase of Works Along A2300

Posted on 30th January 2020

You may have heard that further work starts soon along the A2300 in terms of clearing further trees and vegetation – all related to site-enabling works. This phase of the work starts on Monday 10th February (weather permitting). None of the trees are subject to Tree Preservation Orders and an ecologist will be at the site, which is between the A23 at Hickstead and the proposed Northern Arc site access roundabout (west of the junction with the... read more

Road Works Update

Road Works Update

Posted on 30th January 2020

Looking at next week’s ‘red dot’ roadworks on One.Network there’s some good news and not such good news. Good news is that Network Rail’s update as of 30/1 says the contra flow by Wivelsfield Station will be removed. As for the rest next week: Ongoing – Gordon Road closure at Leylands Road – UK Power Networks with detour – ends 4/2. Impact minor other than to immediate residents New – Valebridge Road – Virgin Media... read more

Meeting BIO Productions

Meeting BIO Productions

Posted on 26th January 2020

I recently met with Angela Gill and Sara Gibb of BIO Productions at their 72 Victoria Road facility. Angela and the team are stalwarts of the BHBPA and when asked what they like about the Association the key positive qualities are: not being overly intrusive or bombarded with emails, and that being in the BHBPA feels like being in a community rather than ‘typical’ business networking. When asked what more they’d like to get from the BHBPA experience,... read more

Hub23 News

Hub23 News

Posted on 26th January 2020

With DPD already operating from the first unit completed at Hub 23 on the A2300, Unit 3 is nearing completion on the outside and will be a new distribution centre for BHBPA member Roche. Having consulted with Glenbeigh Developments 2 other units are expected to be under offer soon leaving 4 units, including the smaller units 7 to 13 still available for businesses interested in moving to brand new facilities. I am meeting Stephen Oliver of Vail Williams... read more

Roadworks update

Roadworks update

Posted on 26th January 2020

Well it will be a long time before I predict ‘looking at next week things don’t look too bad’. This has been yet another frustrating week on the roads. Looking at the next couple of weeks, according to the One.Network web site, the ‘red’ dot roadworks are as follows: Ongoing – London Road closed between Marchants Way and Dunstall Avenue – Southern Gas – major impact with diversion in place Ongoing – Leylands Road –... read more

Road works update

Road works update

Posted on 17th January 2020

As expected, Leylands Road continues to operate with contra flow traffic lights installed either side of the Wivelsfield Station bridge, although inconvenient and slow in the rush hour, this route into town is just about coping. Looking at week commencing Monday 20th, compared with recent weeks, things don’t look too bad. According to the One.Network web site, the planned ‘red’ dot roadworks are as follows: Leylands Road – Network... read more

Local Estate Agents

Local Estate Agents

Posted on 17th January 2020

As I get introduced to more people and members, one of the recurring themes is the search for new premises on or around the business parks. It’s difficult for me to keep tabs on all the existing premises and what’s available, but I thought sharing a list of all the recommended on-line commercial property portals and the update to date contact details for the commercial agents that are known to specialise in Burgess Hill might help. Primary Portals: RightMove... read more

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Posted on 17th January 2020

BHBPA is an affiliate member of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce. This brings BHBPA members certain benefits from leading brands including: Big savings on AA Roadside Assistance Free access to the medical advice line of AXA-PPP ‘Health-at-Hand’, including free access for the employees of BHBPA members Very competitive rates for foreign exchange from MoneyCorp, as well as a wider range of FX services such as forward trading, spot trading... read more

Coast to Capital Growth Hub

Coast to Capital Growth Hub

Posted on 17th January 2020

As one of the country’s Local Enterprise Partnerships, Coast to Capital provides strategic leadership that drives the economic growth and sustainable success of our beautiful, vibrant, and exceptionally well connected region. Since it was formed in 2012, Coast to Capital have invested over £300m of public money in making the local economy future-ready. The Growth Hub provides free and impartial government funded business support – a service that... read more

Change of plan for Centrepoint

Change of plan for Centrepoint

Posted on 17th January 2020

I had a very useful and informative meeting with Richard Andrew, of Hargreaves. Hargreaves are members of BHBPA and are long standing, major commercial property investors and developers in Burgess Hill. Richard explained to me that Hargreaves have now decided to not proceed with developing the 55,000 sq. ft headquarters building, referred to as Centrepoint, at their vacant site on Victoria Road, due to there being a range of alternative buildings... read more

Community Transport Sussex Quiz Night – 23/1/20

Community Transport Sussex Quiz Night – 23/1/20

Posted on 13th January 2020

CT Sussex, is a charity member of BHBPA. Formed in 2016 from the combined Bluebird Bus community transport service that operated locally, along with both Crawley and Horsham Community Transport, the charity now provides over 120,000 assisted journeys every year across the county. CT Transport’s next fundraising event is a Quiz Night at the Woolpack on Thursday, 23rd January at 7pm, and is being hosted by Burgess Hill Rotary Club. The proceeds... read more

Very positive reception for MP

Very positive reception for MP

Posted on 11th January 2020

Our first event of the year saw Mims Davies, the newly elected MP for Mid Sussex, join us for breakfast at the Hickstead Hotel on January 7th. BHBPA members attended in good numbers, with every seat taken. Mims is an experienced MP having first been elected in 2010 in Eastleigh. With long standing family ties to Mid Sussex, she is very familiar with Burgess Hill. As Employment Minister within the Department of Work & Pensions her passion for issues... read more

Anniversary Year Raises £35,000 for Local Charities

Anniversary Year Raises £35,000 for Local Charities

Posted on 11th January 2020

Staff and clients of Sussex-based accountancy practice MHA Carpenter Box have raised £35,000 for local charities during a year-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the firm’s charitable foundation – exceeding the original target for 2019 by £15,000. The funds were raised through 10 events – from quizzes and cycles to sponsored walks and 10k runs – with employees also providing volunteer support for beach cleans, food banks and a local... read more

2020 Membership of BHBPA

2020 Membership of BHBPA

Posted on 11th January 2020

Over the last few weeks I have been working hard to try and ensure that the Association’s web site accurately reflects the current membership. In the process of doing so I have been notified of some leavers for 2020, gained some joiners and noted a lot of contact detail changes. I doubt even so if my records are perfect but they are pretty accurate as of now I am sure. On Friday 10th January I sent an email to what I believe is the correct ‘principal’... read more

How well are you managing risk?

How well are you managing risk?

Posted on 11th January 2020

Every business has to try to manage the truly myriad of things that have the potential to go wrong. Sometimes this means trying to reduce the likelihood of problem and sometimes being ready to react effectively. Rarely does it mean sticking our heads in the sand! The next BHBPA event is a breakfast meeting led by Martin Coppard of Sutton Winson on 11th February. Martin is a Risk Management expert, and anyone who leads on such issues within member... read more

Flood Meeting

Flood Meeting

Posted on 11th January 2020

You probably recall the flooding in Albert Drive before Christmas. On Thursday 9th January we had a very positive meeting with Richard Speller, Highway Manager at West Sussex County Council and his colleague Tim Boxall in collaboration with Steve Long of Merlin Workwear, Steve Weller of Pet Products and Katie Edwards of Woolover – all 3 having been impacted multiple times by flooding. On inspecting the site, the cause of the recent flooding was... read more

Road Closure News

Road Closure News

Posted on 11th January 2020

Update as of Friday 10th January. The contraflow traffic lights at Keymer Road by the Burgess Hill School for Girls were removed at the end of last week and Leylands Road was partially opened with contra flow lights installed either side of the Wivelsfield Station bridge, both as planned. There appears to be good management of the Leylands Road contra flow by the Network Rail contractor, although when aggregate is being brought in, there is an... read more

Road works update

Road works update

Posted on 5th January 2020

Further to yesterday’s update, as people living relatively close to the site of the embankment repairs will be able to hear, work is continuing over the weekend. Apparently the licence to complete the works, which is impacting Leylands Road, obliges Network Rail to work during the night and at weekends between 7am and 9pm. According to a Network Rail letter dated 30 December 2019 (signed by Paula Williams, Community Relations – Kent &... read more

Road works update… 

Road works update… 

Posted on 4th January 2020

Updated 4th January… Just before Christmas there was a landslip (following prolonged and torrential rainfall) on Network Rail’s site by Wivelsfield Station. This resulted in Network Rail getting permission from WSCC to close Leylands Road near the station to progress repairs. This road closure, coupled with several other planned works in Burgess Hill, notably work by UK Power Networks on Keymer Road near to the Burgess Hill Girls School,... read more

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Wendy Agate, Community Fund Raising Manager
(St Peter & St James Hospice)

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Oliver Lashley , Director
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The Hon Nicholas Soames MP

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Angela Gill, Managing Director
(Bio Productions Ltd)