News (March 2020)

Emergency staffing needed for WSCC Social Care Service

Emergency staffing needed for WSCC Social Care Service

Posted on 26th March 2020

In the current crisis, the Adult Social Care service delivered by WSCC is experiencing considerable staffing shortages. We are looking to recruit Support Workers to work with our most vulnerable adults, those with learning disabilities living in residential homes. Details of the sort of work involved can be found in the advert. If you are aware of any businesses, particularly those in the retail or hospitality sectors, that have had to make staff... read more

COVID-19 Tax Help Line

COVID-19 Tax Help Line

Posted on 26th March 2020

I have been informed by MSDC that the Government has released new information about a tax helpline to support businesses affected by Covid-19. Here’s the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=abf58be4-7483-44cd-bb85-455b78fce0ae&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate   ... read more

Expanded Retail Discount – new types of property added

Expanded Retail Discount – new types of property added

Posted on 26th March 2020

I have received a further update from Kevin Stewart regarding an expansion of the property types covered by the Retail Discount scheme affecting Business Rates. *** Following further restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus announced on 23 March 2020, the Chancellor has announced that the retail, hospitality and leisure discount will also apply to estate agents, lettings agencies and bingo halls that have closed as a result of Covid-19 measures. The... read more

Micro Business Grant Scheme 2020/21

Micro Business Grant Scheme 2020/21

Posted on 26th March 2020

Update: Scheme delayed until May. *** Along with the other Mid Sussex business associations, I have received the following from our friends at MSDC regarding Micro Business Grants for 2020/21. *** Dear Business Associations, Below is a flyer regarding the next Micro Business Grant Scheme which is scheduled to launch at the end of April. There is also some guidance notes to help businesses interested in applying. For any enquires regarding the Micro... read more

Help with seamless home working solutions for SME’s

Help with seamless home working solutions for SME’s

Posted on 25th March 2020

This is clearly a time where we should look to each other for support and guidance where we can, and help each other to continue to operate as normally as possible. No doubt many of you have already swapped the office desk for the kitchen table. At SEBS we offer a one stop business solution including hardware & software supplies, remote support and security services, telephone & broadband lines, VoIP telephony, collaboration tools & much... read more

Business Support from HM Government – update from MSDC

Business Support from HM Government – update from MSDC

Posted on 25th March 2020

The Government have now published the guidance on the Business Grants scheme.  Please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding As promised I will keep you fully updated on this but as previously stated we are hoping to write out this week to affected businesses this week to get updated bank accounts where required and to also hopefully make the payments to qualifying... read more

Until we’re advised otherwise: Go to your place of work (if you must), go to the supermarket (if you must) and Stay at Home.

Until we’re advised otherwise: Go to your place of work (if you must), go to the supermarket (if you must) and Stay at Home.

Posted on 25th March 2020

When the Prime Minister announced stringent new measures to reduce the amount of social contact in order to delay the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the UK, there was still some ambiguity around his statement about only travelling if ‘absolutely essential’. Michael Gove was interviewed on BBC Breakfast this morning and gave greater clarification and some examples. He said, workers may still travel to their places of work for the... read more

Business Grant Scheme Update – Schemes 1 & 2

Business Grant Scheme Update – Schemes 1 & 2

Posted on 23rd March 2020

Scheme 1 – Business Support Grants Fund This scheme is the scheme originally announced in the budget on the 11th March 2020, albeit the level of grant has increased from £3,000 to £10,000 The current proposal is that all properties in receipt of rural rate relief or small business rates relief on 11thMarch 20210, including those in receipt of tapered relief (eg with RV of £12k to £15k), will be eligible for a grant payment of £10,000. There... read more

Business Rates Nursery Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance

Business Rates Nursery Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance

Posted on 23rd March 2020

As an extraordinary response to the coronavirus, the Government announced a business rates Nursery Discount on the 18th March 2020 for the financial year 2020/21. This relief will apply to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief. Ofsted... read more

Government defines ‘Key Workers’ in response to COVID-19

Government defines ‘Key Workers’ in response to COVID-19

Posted on 20th March 2020

In its guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision, the Government has defined what it currently means by key workers. The groups include: Health and social care Education and childcare Key public services Local and national government Food and other necessary goods Public safety and national security Transport Utilities, communication and financial services If workers think they fall within the critical... read more

Birthday message from Dame Vera Lynn

Birthday message from Dame Vera Lynn

Posted on 19th March 2020

We received this message from Dame Vera ahead of her 103rd birthday on Friday 20th March. “Thank you all for the kind gifts, cards and gestures I received to celebrate my birthday this year. Once again, I am overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness and generosity, and am so grateful to you all for helping me to mark this milestone. I feel very fortunate to have reached 103, and my day will be made all the more special by hearing from people all... read more

Welcome new member GOHS

Welcome new member GOHS

Posted on 19th March 2020

It is at an interesting time that we at Global Occupational Health Solutions have decided to join the BHBPA, however it is also during times of challenge that we need the support of our communities and it was your emphasis on this which struck a chord as it aligns well to our underlying values – so here we are! At Global Occupational Health our aim to is help you support your people as we believe that people are the heart of every business.  We... read more

American Express joins BHBPA

American Express joins BHBPA

Posted on 19th March 2020

I am delighted to welcome American Express into our membership network as a long-standing employer in Burgess Hill and active member of the local community.  American Express has held offices in Burgess Hill for over 40 years and now has over 1,000 colleagues based in the town supporting global technology, finance and business functions, to name a few. American Express was established in 1850 as a freight forwarding company and introduced its first... read more

Business Rates & Retail Discount Guidance

Business Rates & Retail Discount Guidance

Posted on 19th March 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has issued guidance to Local Authorities (in our case Mid Sussex District Council) explaining the Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21 for Business Rates in response to the Coronavirus crisis. MSDC are looking to update their software ASAP in order to get the additional help out to businesses that qualify.  Bear in mind that MSDC have deferred any April 2020 payment from any businesses... read more

First Recruitment move home

First Recruitment move home

Posted on 12th March 2020

First Recruitment Services (FRS) has had an incredibly busy start to 2020! Not only celebrating 20 years of being one of the top recruiters in Sussex, Surrey & Kent, FRS have recently moved their Mid Sussex office and Headquarters to luxurious new and spacious offices in the centre of Haywards Heath. The Mid Sussex office covers all aspects of recruitment including – Commercial, Industrial, Hospitality & Catering, Digital & Marketing... read more

MHA Carpenter Box on the move

MHA Carpenter Box on the move

Posted on 12th March 2020

Sussex accountancy firm MHA Carpenter Box is expanding in Crawley as it moves to new offices to meet the growing demand for its services. The firm opened an office in Gatwick in 2015 and has seen business grow rapidly, outstripping all forecasts. Just five team members initially worked at the office but, only five years later, the number has grown to over 40 business, tax and financial advisers, who work with businesses in and around the Crawley/Gatwick... read more

PVL are GDB finalists

PVL are GDB finalists

Posted on 12th March 2020

PVL are finalists for multiple Gatwick Diamond Business Awards in 2020 and are delighted to announce that they are finalists for four awards, at this year’s GDB Awards. The awards have become one of the region’s premier business occasions – celebrating the best of the best across the Gatwick Diamond. This is a great achievement for the team to have been shortlisted for not one but four awards! Nick Broom, CEO – “I am delighted that we have... read more

Budget 2020

Budget 2020

Posted on 12th March 2020

This update on the budget on 11th March is provided courtesy of MHA Carpenter Box and is their briefing for SMEs. The new Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his first Budget in the House of Commons on Wednesday 11thMarch. There were a number of measures designed to provide financial assistance to businesses and deal with the effects of Coronavirus as well as announcements about significant investments in infrastructure projects. The financial assistance... read more

Northern Arc Briefing

Northern Arc Briefing

Posted on 5th March 2020

On Tuesday 3rd March there was a good turn out for the Northern Arc briefing at Burgess Hill Academy. Leader of the Council, Cllr Jonathan Ash-Edwards, set the context for the presentation before officers Judy Holmes, Assistant Chief Executive and Sally Blomfield, Divisional Leader for Planning & Economy, put on an excellent double-act taking us through a comprehensive briefing. In summary, the Northern Arc is a massive programme with a whole... read more

Sutton Winson expands Healthcare proposition after acquiring Flexible Health Insurance Brokers Limited

Sutton Winson expands Healthcare proposition after acquiring Flexible Health Insurance Brokers Limited

Posted on 5th March 2020

On 31st January 2020, Sutton Winson completed the purchase of Flexible Health Insurance Brokers Limited, an independent Health and Protection brokerage, based in Edenbridge, Kent. The acquisition comes as Sutton Winson look to open up their Private Medical Insurance offering to individuals and their families. Since 2006, the team at Flexible Health have been providing expert advice to both individuals and businesses alike and will continue to... read more

MHA Carpenter Box up for 3 GDB awards

MHA Carpenter Box up for 3 GDB awards

Posted on 5th March 2020

Sussex-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box have been named as a finalist in a remarkable three categories of the prestigious 2020 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. Now in their twelfth year, the awards celebrate people and businesses who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work and have demonstrated a real commitment to the region; they celebrate the ‘best of the best’ across the Gatwick Diamond. MHA Carpenter Box has... read more

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"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)

"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)

"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."

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

"“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)