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:

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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?

‘Get ready for tax changes’ urges Beckenham businessman

Local tax and accountancy expert and Beckenham Business Association (BBA) member, Zeeshan Zaidi, is urging other small business owners to start preparing for the biggest shake up of the tax system, Making Tax Digital.

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Zeeshan (centre) with his employee Hannah (left) and Beckenham Business Association Chair, Jackie Groundsell (right).

Speaking at the recent Beckenham Business Association event, which was held at his TaxAssist Accountants‘ office on Beckenham High Street, Zeeshan told the crowd of gathered local businesses and councillors how Making Tax Digital will affect them.

Zeeshan said: “It’s great to be part of such a vibrant business community in Beckenham. Having been part of the BBA since setting up my own business in 2016, it’s been wonderful to meet like-minded business owners over the past year.”

The event, which took place on 23 May, was Zeeshan’s first hosting experience since opening TaxAssist Accountants in Beckenham last year.

“With many local businesses facing a raft of changes and new responsibilities, my top business tip focused on Making Tax Digital, something which small business owners need to start acting on now.

“The BBA networking meetings are a great way to showcase my business and how I can support and offer jargon-free advice to other small businesses in and around Beckenham.”

WORDfest

Event attendees also heard from the organisers of this year’s WORDfest, Harris Academy, and received an update from FM Conway on the High Street improvement works.

If you would like to get involved in WORDfest as a writer or illustrator, or take part in the Edible Book competition, please visit their website.

Host a BBA event

Do you have a venue that could host a BBA event? Whether you have a shop, office, cafe or restaurant, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Hosting one of our events gives you the opportunity to showcase your business and network with other local businesses.

Please contact us if you can help host and event.

Great news for Beckenham nightlife

Last year Beckenham was awarded the prestigious Purple Flag award by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) for its night time economy.

The accreditation indicates a “gold standard” for town centres at night. Similar to how a blue flag recognises outstanding beach quality, the purple flag accreditation scheme recognises excellence in the management of town and cities at night. Beckenham’s purple flag status indicates that the town possesses a thriving, vibrant and, most importantly, safe nightlife.

The flag was raised into position outside Beckenham Junction station on Friday 19 May:

For more information on Beckenham’s Purple Flag, see our earlier post.

Business Networking at Friends of Mine

Our spring networking event will be at Friends of Mine, 72-74 High Street, Beckenham, on Wednesday 12 April 2017, 5.30-7.30pm.

Join us there for great local networking and the chance to hear from speaker Sally Williams of Retail Revival.

Beckenham town centre is undergoing an exciting 18-month programme of public realm improvements to make the high street a more attractive place to visit, shop and be entertained. 

Sally Williams of Retail Revival will use pertinent case studies to demonstrate how business support programmes have enabled businesses to adapt and grow to meet current shopper needs.

Friends of Mine will be providing delicious refreshments and there will be a cash bar.

Please book in advance to ensure there’s sufficient food for everyone!

The meeting is FREE for BBA Members and first time visitors, and just £10 for visitors.

There is plenty of parking nearby and easy access to public transport – train, tram and buses are all close by.

Don’t delay, book your place now!

Future BBA events

Our next events are:

  • Tuesday 23 May – breakfast meeting at Tax Assist
  • Wednesday 21 June – evening
  • Wednesday 12 July – evening
  • 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?

Festive Magic at La Rascasse

Join Beckenham Business Association for a touch of close up magic at its Christmas Event at La Rascasse, 63 High Street, Beckenham, on Wednesday 14 December, from 6.15pm.

BBA Xmas party 2016

One of the UK’s leading Magic Circle magicians Stuart Kelly will be entertaining guests for the evening. Stuart specialises in close-up magic, and loves nothing more than to have his audience think “how on earth did that happen?”stuart_kelly_magician

Stuart is the ultimate party performer. Not only can he make cards disappear with the blink of an eye, but he creates a whole experience for the people he’s entertaining, with the tales he tells and the stories he weaves. You’ll be entranced, bewildered and amazed all at the same time.

The venue

A touch of Paris in the very heart of Beckenham is provided by La Rascasse.  You will find us in the roof-covered garden terrace to the rear of the restaurant. There will be delicious refreshments but please book in advance to be sure there’s enough!

La Rascasse is just a 5 mins walk from Beckenham Junction rail and tram station, with plenty of bus routes passing and car parks nearby, some free after 6.30pm.

Speakers

There won’t be speakers for this Christmas event but there will be ONE LUCKY STAR who’ll be able to tell us (in 1 minute) why we should choose them and their business above anyone else. BBA doesn’t do sales pitches, preferring to make connections and build honest, trusting relationships.

This magical Christmas event is free for BBA Members and just £20 for visitors, with a cash bar. Please book in advance to secure your place.

Small Business Saturday

This year Christmas On The Green coincides with Small Business Saturday on 3rd December. Small Business Saturday is a national event to encourage people to shop local and support their small businesses.

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Beckenham Businesses can get involved for free by signing up to the Small Business Finder and downloading the info pack and logos at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

Start your Christmas shopping at Beckenham’s Markets and Fairs

If you want to make an early start on your Christmas shopping, there’s plenty of opportunity to browse and buy from local traders at fairs and markets in Beckenham over the coming weeks. Here’s a selection of what’s on.

Saturday 19 November – SoLo Craft Fair at the Chancery

12-5pm, The Chancery, 90 Bromley Road BR3 5NP

Join SoLo Craft Fair for their Christmas Market at The Chancery in Beckenham for some of the best local makers and creators to help you start off your Christmas shopping. Event includes free popcorn on arrival and a free Christmas wrapping station, along with workshops and a kids’ craft corner. See their Facebook page for more information.

Sunday 20 November – So Last Century Vintage and Retro Fair

11am-4pm, Venue 28, 28 Beckenham Road BR3 4LS

So Last Century vintage and retro fair

Over 40 vintage traders and local designer-makers on two floors, selling homeware, furniture, clothes, accessories & jewellery, mid-century decor and design, records and prints, upcycled goods and much more. A great day out for all the family, including vintage tearoom.  Visit their Twitter and Facebook pages for more information.

Sunday 27 November – Beckenham Market launches with The Christmas Event

10am-6pm, Venue 28, 28 Beckenham Road BR3 4LS

Beckenham Market flyer

The Christmas Event launches with Great British Bake Off finalist Jane Beedle and Bromley Mayor, Cllr. Ian F Payne. The first Beckenham Market presents The Christmas Event with 40+ hand-picked stalls, workshops, a graffiti wall, DJ Bob Bird and live acts. Whippersnappers.org will be offering a Santa’s Grotto, including photographs by a magical interactive mirror, gifts, face painting, reindeer food and fairy dust filled with Christmas spirit. See their website for more information.

Saturday 3 December – Christmas on the Green

12-5pm, Beckenham Green, High Street Beckenham

Christmas on the Green

Market on the Green returns with its annual Christmas local produce and craft market, fun fair, live entertainment and much more. Organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, the event includes over 30 stalls, including hot food, mulled wine and beer. The entertainment includes an Olaf look-a-like, a carrot treasure hunt, a host of live singers on stage and the Christmas lights switch-on and community sing-a-long at 4.30pm. For more information, see their website.

Saturday 12 December – Beckenham Christmas Market, Azelia Hall

12-5pm, Azelia Hall, 258 Croydon Road, Beckenham

Azelia Hall Christmas Market

There will be plenty of stalls providing beautiful presents and food to buy, including a Christmas kitchen serving hot drinks and home made goodies throughout the day. There will also be a visit from Santa who will be handing out presents to the children. See their Facebook page for more information.