Learn about Beckenham Business Association at the Start-Up 2018 Business Expo in Beckenham

Start-Up Business Expo in BeckenhamWe are exhibiting at the Start-Up 2018 Business Expo at the new Desk Team business centre facility near Elmers End, Beckenham, on Thursday 18 January 2018 from 9am – 4pm.

Start-Up 2018 is a one-day business expo aimed at start-ups and those wanting to grow or start over their existing businesses in 2018.

Organised by business workspace Desk Team and held in the grand 2,500 sq ft hall of the new Desk Team business facility at 38 Croydon Road in Beckenham, Start-Up 2018 is THE business event for anyone in Beckenham, Bromley and South-East London who is considering starting or growing a business.

The Start-Up Expo event will feature 20 handpicked exhibitors, all running successful professional services businesses, plus speakers and workshops aimed at helping businesses get off to a flying start.

Entry to Start-Up 2018 costs £10 (+ booking fee) in advance or £15 on the door.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.startup2018.eventbrite.co.uk 

Beckenham Business Association Christmas Party!

Join Beckenham Business Association for the Beckenham business Christmas event of the year at Burger & Bubbles, the latest modern eatery on Beckenham’s High Street, on Tuesday 5 December, from 6.30pm.

Join us for some festive fayre, first drink compliments of Beckenham Business Association - no speakers, just great chat opportunities – lots of contacts and festive fun!

Please book in advance to secure your place.

Looking for a new workspace in Beckenham?

The new Desk Team business facility on Croydon Road, Beckenham, provides a wide range of high quality workspaces to let, including serviced and managed offices, events and networking opportunities, on flexible monthly memberships which include business support, a hot desk or lockable office space. Additional benefits include a range of in-house businesses, such as a Print & Merchandise shop, a stationery ‘tuck shop’ and a café/Juice Bar.

Desk Team is holding an Open Day on Thursday 30 November, as an opportunity to come and see the building, meet the team and try out the space.

A Start-Up Business Expo is being planning for early 2018. Details to be announced soon!

For more information on Desk Team and the facilities available, visit the Desk Team website or call 020 3773 3223.

Small Business Saturday

This year Beckenham's Christmas Market On The Green and Candlelit Parade coincides with Small Business Saturday on 2nd December. Small Business Saturday is a national event to encourage people to shop local and support their small businesses.

We want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Beckenham Business Association and Small Business Saturday is supporting you!

For all the ways you can get involved visit the Small Business Saturday website.

Beckenham Christmas Candlelit Parade

On Saturday 2 December Beckenham Town Centre will be hosting its annual Christmas Market on the Green and a candlelit parade.

Christmas on the Green, including entertainment on stage, is organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, and starts at midday. The candlelit parade, organised by Beckenham Business Association, gathers at Croydon Road Recreation Ground at 4pm, ready to leave by 4:30pm and finishes at Beckenham Green for the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm. 

Candlelit Parade

Father Christmas will be there, helped by his little elves who’ll be handing out Christmas gifts (with thanks to F M Conway and their float) along the route. Leaving from Croydon Road Recreational Ground at 4.30pm, the route goes along Croydon Road and through Beckenham High Street, with lots of singing and fun along the way. It culminates on Beckenham Green for the official turning on of the Christmas Lights and Carol singing at 5pm. There will be pretty Christmas (battery) lights for the children, entertainment, bands and lots more fun for all the family.

This is a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves along the route. If you would like to take part in this event in some way, please let us know, so that we can promote and help you with this.

Beckenham Business Day Success

A big thank you to everyone who attended the second Beckenham Business Day last week (6 September).

We were thrilled that around 80 local businesses attended for a day of networking, advice sessions and practical talks on key business topics.

The annual one-day event was supported by the London Borough of Bromley and was held at The Bridge Bar on Beckenham High Street.Networking at Beckenham Business Day

It was opened by The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, and Beckenham’s very own “Great British Bake Off” star Jane Beedle talked about her journey from busy mum to successful garden designer to baking celebrity. She urged the audience to grab every opportunity because you never know what it might lead to.

Other speaker topics included nurturing prospects into clients, online marketing, website optimisation, being a successful maverick in business and sources of alternative funding.

Jackie Groundsell MD of the networking company 1230 TWC and Chair of BBA, ran her ever popular speed networking sessions, and Kat Webb, who runs the weekly guided tour In Ziggy’s Footsteps – The Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham, was MC for the day.

Jackie Groundsell and Kat Webb

Jackie Groundsell and Kat Webb

The best dressed stand competition was won for the second year running by Vicki Sims from Lady Bug Pest Control who dressed as a giant ladybird.

A raffle on the day, with prizes donated from local businesses, raised £106 for MindCare Dementia Support. The charity helps provides dementia support across Beckenham, Bromley and Lewisham to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

The next Beckenham Business Association event will be a breakfast meeting on 21 September.

Beckenham Business Association events are free for members and first-time visitors, or £10 each for returning non-members. Annual membership costs just £25.

Further details and booking at www.beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk/events.


Photos courtesy of David Walkley

Beckenham Business Day will Boost Your Business

Beckenham Business Day 2017A day of business workshops, networking and talks to boost your business will be held in Beckenham on Wednesday 6 September 2017.

The second Beckenham Business Day, organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by the London Borough of Bromley, will be held at Time Night Club on Southend Road, Beckenham from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

As well as the networking and advice sessions, there will be one-to-one PR, social media and SEO clinics, speed networking and practical talks on hot business topics such as ‘Turning Your Prospects into Leads’, ‘Online Marketing’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.

Jane Beedle

Jane Beedle

Beckenham’s very own “2016 Great British Bake Off” star Jane Beedle will talk about ‘Following Your Dream’ and how a chat over a cup of tea turned into a successful garden design business that led to a place on TV.

All monies raised from the Beckenham Business Day raffle will go to MindCare Dementia Support, part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind. The charity helps provides dementia support across Beckenham, Bromley and Lewisham to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

Kat Webb

Kat Webb

The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, will officially open the event, and Kat Webb, who runs the weekly guided tour In Ziggy’s FootstepsThe Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham, will MC and present the prize for the best dressed stand.

Beckenham Business Day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 if not, and that includes one year’s membership of BBA. You don’t have to be a Beckenham business to attend – visitors are welcome at a cost of £10, which doesn’t include BBA membership.

For further details and booking visit the Beckenham Business Day page.

Learn about Business Blogging

Join us at Koz Restaurant in Beckenham High Street on Wednesday 12 July to learn about business blogging from internationally renowned blogger and speaker Sarah Arrow.

Sarah Arrow

Sarah is creator of Birds on the Blog, which has won international recognition from sites like Forbes, the Daily Mail and Elle Magazine. Her blog is also recommended by MSN and others as a top resource for women in business.

Town Centre and BID Manager, Lorraine McQuillan, will also update us on local news, including the latest on Beckenham’s improvement works. And there will be plenty of opportunity to network with other local businesses across trade, retail and professional sectors.

The meeting takes place at Koz Restaurant, 87-89 High Street, Beckenham BR3 1AG, from 5.30-7.30pm on Wednesday 12 July.

At this event, your first drink is free and a specially priced menu will be available for those wishing to eat.

The meeting is FREE to attend for BBA Members and first-time visitors, and just £10 for visitors. Please book in advance to secure your place:

Eventbrite - BBA Evening meeting for those in the Financial Sector + Speaker

Future BBA events

Our next events are:

  • Wednesday 6 September – Beckenham Business Day
  • Thursday 21 September – breakfast
  • Tuesday 05 December – evening

Further details and booking for each event will be released on our Events page nearer the time. Or why not join our mailing list to hear about them first?