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Business Model Event

Business Model Event

Posted on 30th July 2020

On Thursday 30th July, BHBPA member Volker Ballueder – (www.balluederpartners.com) – presented the “Business Model Generation” by  Strategyzer and the fundamental tool of the Business Model Canvas. Used by many many consultants worldwide, the canvas helps business leaders evaluate their business model, a vital activity in these times of great change. The book of the same name describes itself as being for ‘entrepreneurial spirits,... read more

Help Young People Make Trax with Barnardos

Help Young People Make Trax with Barnardos

Posted on 30th July 2020

Barnardo’s Make Trax project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. The programme has recently extended into Mid Sussex with the aim of reducing the number of young people aged 15-29 who are not in employment, education or training. If young people are enabled to access employment, education and training then everyone benefits, e.g. local crime rates and anti-social behaviour are reduced; young people bring... read more

The Big Give – support our local hospice

The Big Give – support our local hospice

Posted on 30th July 2020

Each year St Peter & St James Hospice  submit a project to the Big Give, outlining an important area of our hospice services for which we would like to secure funding.  This year, our chosen project is focused on helping local businesses better support bereaved employees.  Through working with our Wellbeing Services, we will help develop positive bereavement practices and give the opportunity to offer employees access to counselling & wellbeing... read more

MHA Carpenter Box shortlisted in Accounting Excellence Awards

MHA Carpenter Box shortlisted in Accounting Excellence Awards

Posted on 30th July 2020

Worthing, Gatwick and Brighton-based and BHBPA member MHA Carpenter Box has been named finalists in two categories of the 2020 Accounting Excellence Awards. The national awards recognise and celebrate brilliance across the British accounting profession, highlighting the achievements of individuals and firms. MHA Carpenter Box is a finalist in the Large Firm of the Year category, while Nathan Keeley, Partner and Head of Cloud Accounting, has been shortlisted... read more

Reporting a Covid-19 Outbreak

Reporting a Covid-19 Outbreak

Posted on 30th July 2020

Having seen multiple local lockdowns over the country it is important we are prepared in Burgess Hill too. PHE have prepared downloadable materials to communicate how to handle COVID-19 Early Outbreak Management Information in different work settings. This campaign communicates advice on how to respond to an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) to individuals that own, manage or are responsible for a specific business or organisation within the community... read more

Fully Funded Graduate Internship anyone?

Fully Funded Graduate Internship anyone?

Posted on 30th July 2020

A free fast-track training programme culminating with the opportunity to recruit for a fully-funded 6-week graduate intern is now open. The Universities of Brighton and Sussex working in partnership, and with funding from the European Social Fund, are pleased to introduce you to an exciting new training and internship programme. STEP-UP is an innovative fast-track training programme for local SMEs that will allow them to identify the skills they need,... read more

MSDC: Help for local businesses

MSDC: Help for local businesses

Posted on 30th July 2020

If you are facing hardship or financial difficulty in paying your business rates to Mid Sussex please contact us at revenue@midsussex.gov.uk or by calling 01444 577564. Business Grants – if your rateable value is up to £15,000 and you get Small Business Rates Relief you can qualify for a small business grant of £10,000. If you receive Expanded Retail Discount and you have a rateable value is up to £51,000 you may get a Retail, Hospitality and... read more

FLEXIBLE is the new working normal – is your business equipped?

FLEXIBLE is the new working normal – is your business equipped?

Posted on 30th July 2020

With a recent employee survey revealing that more than 9 in 10 working parents want their workplace to retain flexible working indefinitely* and another reporting that 28% of employers believe the increase in home-working has increased productivity**, COVID-19 has shifted the working pattern mindset to flexible. The enforced period of home-working has shown how effective working from home can be as well as proving that flexibility can be possible... read more

Initial research findings start to show the scale of the impact on the Coast to Capital economy

Initial research findings start to show the scale of the impact on the Coast to Capital economy

Posted on 23rd July 2020

Source: C2C July 2020 Newsletter By Marsha Robert – Strategy & Policy Programme Manager As this blog has shown over the past few months, the impact of COVID has proven to be particularly targeted on our areas of economic strength, meaning that our economy appears to be among the worst affected in the country. Previously our blogs have focused on Gatwick, but we are also looking carefully at the impact on our wider regional economy. Give... read more

HANDELSBANKEN CONFIRM CONTINUED FOCUS ON SUPPORTING LOCAL CUSTOMERS

HANDELSBANKEN CONFIRM CONTINUED FOCUS ON SUPPORTING LOCAL CUSTOMERS

Posted on 23rd July 2020

Handelsbanken Haywards Heath reports increases in both lending and deposit taking for the Bank, as it continues to focus on supporting local customers through the ongoing crisis  Local relationship bank, Handelsbanken, has today announced its second quarter (Q2 2020) results, showing ongoing steady increases in both lending and deposit-taking, as the Bank continues to focus on supporting local customers through the ongoing crisis. Over the first... read more

PVL help Crawley Open House to Re-open

PVL help Crawley Open House to Re-open

Posted on 16th July 2020

PVL were approached by our friends at Crawley Open House enquiring about our social distancing floor graphics. They wanted to re-open their much-needed facilities to the homeless of Crawley and West Sussex. COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone and we wanted to do our bit to support this worthwhile charity by providing these free of charge. Glenn Stubbs, Deputy Director at COH said: “The team here at Crawley Open House would like to thank PVL... read more

METALL Round Table Focuses on ‘Survive, Revive and Thrive’

METALL Round Table Focuses on ‘Survive, Revive and Thrive’

Posted on 16th July 2020

Four out of every five manufacturers across Sussex are experiencing problems implementing social distancing measures as they begin to ramp up production, according to a survey conducted by METALL, the regional forum for manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses. The poll also reveals that over 90% of local manufacturers had furloughed staff, 67% had received a loan under a government scheme and just under a quarter (23%) expected their... read more

Update from C2C

Update from C2C

Posted on 16th July 2020

I am pleased to share an update of the support that both the Coast to Capital LEP and Growth Hub team are providing to businesses in response to COVID. We have recently launched our Business Recovery Insights Survey to help strengthen our understanding of the current economic landscape, alongside the continued provision of our Business Recovery Support Sessions. The full update can be read in the attached document. COVID-19 Recovery We are delighted... read more

Hot House Business Support Programme

Hot House Business Support Programme

Posted on 16th July 2020

The Business Hot House Business Support Programme is potentially a very important scheme and source of additional grant funding and support to local business. Its aim is to address gaps in the Business Support provision across the Coast to Capital (C2C) region. It is funded through £5.5m of EU European Regional Development Funds through the C2C allocation. Additional match funding is provided by local authorities in the region, including a combined... read more

Sustainability, Cost Savings AND Environmentally friendly.

Sustainability, Cost Savings AND Environmentally friendly.

Posted on 9th July 2020

Connected Energy, an award-winning battery storage company is leading an Innovate UK part funded project to deliver sustainable, environmentally friendly projects in West Sussex that will provide cost savings and new revenue streams to energy intensive businesses. Connected Energy utilise electric vehicle batteries after they have had their first life in an electric vehicle. The battery system will sit behind the meter (BTM) on a customers site and... read more

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"Regular, well organised events, excellent updates and information by email along with a warm welcome from the Chair and Coordinator are just some of the positives at BHBPA."

Mike Oliver, Owner
(Mike Oliver Associates)

"“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)

"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""

Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)