‘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.

Making Tax Digital Beckenham Business Association

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.

Handshakes and elevator pitches

Networking was top of the agenda last night at our evening meeting with Outsourced ACC for those in the financial sector at Burnhill Business Centre on Burnhill Road, Beckenham.

From better business ‘handshakes’ to 60-second ‘elevator pitches’, guest speaker Jackie Barrie covered it all.

Jackie said: “People often ask me to help with their one-minute speeches. There are endless permutations for things to say, but the objective is always to trigger more referrals.”

Read Jackie’s article for 11 ideas to inspire you, or scroll down to the end and discover the sad truth.

The next BBA event will be an evening event on Tuesday 23 June.

Events are free for BBA members and first-time visitors. If you’ve been before but not yet joined, the event costs just £10 on the door.

Dates for the rest of 2015:

BBA meetings

  • Tuesday 14 July – breakfast
  • Wednesday 23 September – evening
  • Tuesday 1 December – evening

Market on the Green (in association with Copers Cope Residents’ Association)

  • Saturday 18 July
  • Saturday 19 September
  • Saturday 5 December – Christmas Candle Procession

Please check our Events Calendar nearer to each date for details and booking.

BBA Evening meeting for those in the Financial Sector + Speaker

Hosted by Beckenham Business Association and Quraish Adamally of Outsourced ACC, this event on Thursday 28 May, 6.15-8.30pm at Burnhill House is specifically for professionals in the financial sector.

It’s a great opportunity for those operating in the same field to meet and build lasting business relationships to grow business.

We’re delighted to welcome local businesswoman and renowned speaker Jackie Barrie as our Guest Speaker. Jackie will show us how to harness the power of word-of-mouth marketing (aka networking). According to Jackie, networking is not selling. It’s just a way of meeting new people and making connections. Through these new working relationships, referrals and recommendations start to flow.

In this fun and interactive session, you will discover the inside secrets of why networking works, and how to get the best from it.

Not to be missed!

The event is FREE for BBA members and first-time visitors. If you’ve been before but not yet joined, the event costs just £10 on the door (though do please book in advance so we know how many to cater for).

For further details and to book, visit the EVENT BOOKING page.

Dates for the rest of 2015:

BBA meetings

  • Tuesday 23 June – evening
  • Tuesday 14 July – breakfast
  • Wednesday 23 September – evening
  • Tuesday 1 December – evening

Market on the Green (in association with Copers Cope Residents’ Association)

  • Saturday 18 July
  • Saturday 19 September
  • Saturday 5 December – Christmas Candle Procession

Please check our Events Calendar nearer to each date for details and booking.