News (April 2020)

Coronavirus – what’s the best financial support for my business?

Coronavirus – what’s the best financial support for my business?

Posted on 30th April 2020

Local businesses navigating funding options support during the Coronavirus pandemic need to do their homework to help them gain access to the schemes best suited to their needs. Sussex-based chartered accountants and business advisers, MHA Carpenter Box, say that too many companies are unsure as to which scheme is best for their business. They find businesses also hit the buffers early in the application process because they haven’t got everything... read more

MHA Carpenter Box invests in the future with ‘home grown’ Partner appointment

MHA Carpenter Box invests in the future with ‘home grown’ Partner appointment

Posted on 23rd April 2020

Sussex-based MHA Carpenter Box continues to invest in ‘home grown’ talent, with the promotion of Chris Reeves to Partner at the accountancy firm. Chris, 33, has been appointed Partner having joined the practice as a trainee in 2004. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) in 2010 and helped to set up the firm’s Gatwick office in 2015. Chris commented: “MHA Carpenter Box has been a significant part of my life for the last 16 years since... read more

A2300 Improvements Scheme FAQs

A2300 Improvements Scheme FAQs

Posted on 23rd April 2020

Q1. What does the A2300 Improvements scheme include? A new two-lane carriageway will be constructed within the wide grass verge between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout and this will become the new eastbound carriageway. The existing road will be modified to become the new westbound carriageway. In addition, a new shared use footpath and cycle path will also be constructed. Q2. Why does the works have to take place now? The A2300... read more

Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For PPE

Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For PPE

Posted on 20th April 2020

Urgent Appeal To Sussex Businesses For PPE Does your business have stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could help in the fight against COVID-19? Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies (including the police) in responding to COVID-19, is appealing to businesses for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help protect frontline workers delivering essential services to Sussex residents... read more

HMRC Furlough Scheme opens Monday 20th April

HMRC Furlough Scheme opens Monday 20th April

Posted on 20th April 2020

Please note that the Job Retention Scheme is now available to claim at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#how-to-claim You will need the Government Gateway user ID and password you got when you registered for PAYE online.     ... read more

Coast to Capital Growth Hub COVID 19 Support

Coast to Capital Growth Hub COVID 19 Support

Posted on 16th April 2020

This is an update of the support that the Coast to Capital Growth Hub Team can provide to businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a very high demand for the Coast to Capital Backing Business Grants, the programme is currently paused for applications.  We have received interest from 450 in just a few days.  Businesses can still submit an eligibility checker but will join a waiting list queue.  Please note however that there is... read more

Some legal reminders as we deal with Covid-19

Some legal reminders as we deal with Covid-19

Posted on 9th April 2020

Provided by Caroline Buchan, Barrister & BHBPA member There are lots of topics that might be relevant to a business right now and I’ve tried to pick the most pertinent ones. If there’s anything members want to know more about please drop Martyn a line – for forwarding to Caroline. NB: This article doesn’t focus on employment law matters as there is already lots of material out there from other members. Topics: Online Board and other... read more

BHBPA Events Postponed until at least 31st May

BHBPA Events Postponed until at least 31st May

Posted on 3rd April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus Crisis and the Government’s instruction for there to be no public gatherings at this time, we have cancelled our events in April and May. ... read more

Government Business Grants Update 

Government Business Grants Update 

Posted on 2nd April 2020

Received from MSDC on Thursday 2nd April: I want to update you and your members on the Business Grants and how Mid Sussex DC will pay qualifying businesses, as well as ask you to promote any business that believes they qualify to register for the grants. We have set up a website at www.GrantApproval.co.uk for local businesses to register – which needs to be in the personal name of the business owner. If you qualify for a number of grants you... read more

Can your business offer support?

Can your business offer support?

Posted on 2nd April 2020

The Government has opened a way for businesses to highlight how they might be able to help with the collective response to coronavirus. The support needed includes things like: medical testing equipment medical equipment design protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser hotel rooms transport and logistics, for moving goods or people manufacturing equipment warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage expertise... read more

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Testimonials

"“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)

"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.

It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"

Susan Fleet, Managing Director
(Lea Graham Associates)

"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."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

"“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)