News: 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 on social media and on our website at

The event provides a great networking opportunity where businesses can meet, hear about the latest business trends and discover sources of business support to help them grow in 2020.

Open4Business is free to attend and welcomes all businesses including start-ups, sole traders, SMEs and corporates.   As well as the business exhibition, visitors can participate in a number of networking opportunities including a speed networking session to grow their connections by meeting lots of business people in one go.

A business panel session will also take place where visitors can discover how grow their business while responding to economic, social and environmental challenges.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Gatwick Diamond Business will join other local and national business organisations and colleges exhibiting their business support services.

Why attend Open4Business?

    • Discover business opportunities and what Mid Sussex has to offer
    • Attend the free panel session to debate the latest trends
    • Join a fun speed networking session to supercharge your connections
    • Learn more about innovative ideas and solutions to stay ahead of the competition
    • Explore the latest solutions that will help you grow your business
    • Connect with prospects, suppliers and government in the business hub exhibition

Councillor Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Economy at Mid Sussex District Council said: “There has always been a great buzz in the room at our ‘Open4Business’ events.  We are lucky to have a strong and diverse business community and by bringing everyone together in this way, we are doing our bit to attract inward investment, grow the local economy and showcase local firms.”

Bookings are now being taken for companies to exhibit or attend as delegates.  If you would like to exhibit or attend the event, please book online at

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"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. "

Angela Gill, Managing Director
(Bio Productions Ltd)

"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"

Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)

"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. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)

"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."

Oliver Lashley , Director
(Pure Storm Digital Services )