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Road works update

Road works update

Posted on 17th January 2020

As expected, Leylands Road continues to operate with contra flow traffic lights installed either side of the Wivelsfield Station bridge, although inconvenient and slow in the rush hour, this route into town is just about coping. Looking at week commencing Monday 20th, compared with recent weeks, things don’t look too bad. According to the One.Network web site, the planned ‘red’ dot roadworks are as follows: Leylands Road – Network... read more

Local Estate Agents

Local Estate Agents

Posted on 17th January 2020

As I get introduced to more people and members, one of the recurring themes is the search for new premises on or around the business parks. It’s difficult for me to keep tabs on all the existing premises and what’s available, but I thought sharing a list of all the recommended on-line commercial property portals and the update to date contact details for the commercial agents that are known to specialise in Burgess Hill might help. Primary Portals: RightMove... read more

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Posted on 17th January 2020

BHBPA is an affiliate member of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce. This brings BHBPA members certain benefits from leading brands including: Big savings on AA Roadside Assistance Free access to the medical advice line of AXA-PPP ‘Health-at-Hand’, including free access for the employees of BHBPA members Very competitive rates for foreign exchange from MoneyCorp, as well as a wider range of FX services such as forward trading, spot trading... read more

Coast to Capital Growth Hub

Coast to Capital Growth Hub

Posted on 17th January 2020

As one of the country’s Local Enterprise Partnerships, Coast to Capital provides strategic leadership that drives the economic growth and sustainable success of our beautiful, vibrant, and exceptionally well connected region. Since it was formed in 2012, Coast to Capital have invested over £300m of public money in making the local economy future-ready. The Growth Hub provides free and impartial government funded business support – a service that... read more

Change of plan for Centrepoint

Change of plan for Centrepoint

Posted on 17th January 2020

I had a very useful and informative meeting with Richard Andrew, of Hargreaves. Hargreaves are members of BHBPA and are long standing, major commercial property investors and developers in Burgess Hill. Richard explained to me that Hargreaves have now decided to not proceed with developing the 55,000 sq. ft headquarters building, referred to as Centrepoint, at their vacant site on Victoria Road, due to there being a range of alternative buildings... read more

Community Transport Sussex Quiz Night – 23/1/20

Community Transport Sussex Quiz Night – 23/1/20

Posted on 13th January 2020

CT Sussex, is a charity member of BHBPA. Formed in 2016 from the combined Bluebird Bus community transport service that operated locally, along with both Crawley and Horsham Community Transport, the charity now provides over 120,000 assisted journeys every year across the county. CT Transport’s next fundraising event is a Quiz Night at the Woolpack on Thursday, 23rd January at 7pm, and is being hosted by Burgess Hill Rotary Club. The proceeds... read more

Very positive reception for MP

Very positive reception for MP

Posted on 11th January 2020

Our first event of the year saw Mims Davies, the newly elected MP for Mid Sussex, join us for breakfast at the Hickstead Hotel on January 7th. BHBPA members attended in good numbers, with every seat taken. Mims is an experienced MP having first been elected in 2010 in Eastleigh. With long standing family ties to Mid Sussex, she is very familiar with Burgess Hill. As Employment Minister within the Department of Work & Pensions her passion for issues... read more

Anniversary Year Raises £35,000 for Local Charities

Anniversary Year Raises £35,000 for Local Charities

Posted on 11th January 2020

Staff and clients of Sussex-based accountancy practice MHA Carpenter Box have raised £35,000 for local charities during a year-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the firm’s charitable foundation – exceeding the original target for 2019 by £15,000. The funds were raised through 10 events – from quizzes and cycles to sponsored walks and 10k runs – with employees also providing volunteer support for beach cleans, food banks and a local... read more

2020 Membership of BHBPA

2020 Membership of BHBPA

Posted on 11th January 2020

Over the last few weeks I have been working hard to try and ensure that the Association’s web site accurately reflects the current membership. In the process of doing so I have been notified of some leavers for 2020, gained some joiners and noted a lot of contact detail changes. I doubt even so if my records are perfect but they are pretty accurate as of now I am sure. On Friday 10th January I sent an email to what I believe is the correct ‘principal’... read more

How well are you managing risk?

How well are you managing risk?

Posted on 11th January 2020

Every business has to try to manage the truly myriad of things that have the potential to go wrong. Sometimes this means trying to reduce the likelihood of problem and sometimes being ready to react effectively. Rarely does it mean sticking our heads in the sand! The next BHBPA event is a breakfast meeting led by Martin Coppard of Sutton Winson on 11th February. Martin is a Risk Management expert, and anyone who leads on such issues within member... read more

Flood Meeting

Flood Meeting

Posted on 11th January 2020

You probably recall the flooding in Albert Drive before Christmas. On Thursday 9th January we had a very positive meeting with Richard Speller, Highway Manager at West Sussex County Council and his colleague Tim Boxall in collaboration with Steve Long of Merlin Workwear, Steve Weller of Pet Products and Katie Edwards of Woolover – all 3 having been impacted multiple times by flooding. On inspecting the site, the cause of the recent flooding was... read more

Road Closure News

Road Closure News

Posted on 11th January 2020

Update as of Friday 10th January. The contraflow traffic lights at Keymer Road by the Burgess Hill School for Girls were removed at the end of last week and Leylands Road was partially opened with contra flow lights installed either side of the Wivelsfield Station bridge, both as planned. There appears to be good management of the Leylands Road contra flow by the Network Rail contractor, although when aggregate is being brought in, there is an... read more

Road works update

Road works update

Posted on 5th January 2020

Further to yesterday’s update, as people living relatively close to the site of the embankment repairs will be able to hear, work is continuing over the weekend. Apparently the licence to complete the works, which is impacting Leylands Road, obliges Network Rail to work during the night and at weekends between 7am and 9pm. According to a Network Rail letter dated 30 December 2019 (signed by Paula Williams, Community Relations – Kent &... read more

Road works update… 

Road works update… 

Posted on 4th January 2020

Updated 4th January… Just before Christmas there was a landslip (following prolonged and torrential rainfall) on Network Rail’s site by Wivelsfield Station. This resulted in Network Rail getting permission from WSCC to close Leylands Road near the station to progress repairs. This road closure, coupled with several other planned works in Burgess Hill, notably work by UK Power Networks on Keymer Road near to the Burgess Hill Girls School,... read more

WSCC Highways Winter Services

WSCC Highways Winter Services

Posted on 31st December 2019

While global warming seems to be affecting our weather at an increasingly alarming rate, as we move into the depths of winter, the risk of snow and icy roads is still a real threat to carrying out normal business activities as well as personal safety. I have been sent a map (to be made available for viewing, along with the covered road names) in the early January 2020 newsletter) which shows the major roads around Burgess Hill (marked in green) and... read more

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"“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)

"“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)

"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)

""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""

Dave Farmer, German Translator
(Dave Farmer & Co)