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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"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

"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 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)

"“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)