Business Booms At Burgess Hill Exhibition

Business Booms At Burgess Hill Exhibition

The Mid Sussex business community came together on Friday for the eighth Burgess Hill Means Business exhibition. More than 100 businesses attended the biennial event, which is organised by the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association as an opportunity for member organisations to network and promote their services and products to potential clients, customers and associates.

This year, exhibitors ranged from national organisations like Barclays Bank and Travail Employment Group to more local concerns such as the Preview and St Peter & St James Hospice. Media sponsors Connections Radio were present throughout the day to record interviews with attendees and organisers. A special programme will be broadcast next week.

Of particular note was a ‘Women in Business’ seminar, arranged by BHBPA directors to mark the centenary of the Women’s Vote. Anya Ledwith, of Eshcon, discussed the importance of green credentials for all businesses, large and small, and provided top tips for gaining accreditation. She also discussed her key role as Chairman of Gatwick Diamond Business.

Angela Gill, Managing Director of Bio-Productions, shared her experiences of mentoring and developing her team following a successful management buy-out.  She explained that the reward was something she couldn’t put a price on.

Rosemary French OBE, Executive Director of Gatwick Diamond Initiative, finished the seminar by talking about successful collaborations between business associations. She shared information on how the business economy in the region is performing as well as skills data.

First aid demonstrations were also on offer and proved to be of interest to exhibitors and visitors alike.

Susan Fleet, Chairman of BHBPA, said: “We were thrilled with the turnout for this year’s Burgess Hill Means Business. It was wonderful to see so many businesspeople engaged, and the feedback has been that a lot of worthwhile networking occurred. It was a special privilege to recognise women in business at this year’s event, and Rosemary, Anya and Angela offered insightful, informative and, above all, interesting talks that really provided food for thought. Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council addressed the exhibition and praised the work undertaken by the Association. He is excited about opportunities for Burgess Hill business in the next few years and said an important development for the region would be announced shortly.”

Peter Liddell, co-ordinator of BHBPA, added: “Yet again, we’re grateful to all those who turned out to support our business community – it was a fantastic exhibition. As the dust settles, we’re looking forward to next year’s BHBiz Awards, with nominations to open later this year.”