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.

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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.

NatWest Business Bus to visit Beckenham

The NatWest Mobile Business School, also known as the NatWestBizBus, is coming to Beckenham Green on 12 October, between 10am and 4pm.

StartUp Britain NatWestBizBus

This free business event follows the success of the StartUp Britain tour, in which the NatWest Mobile Business School visited 30 locations engaging with more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, start-up and small business owners.

London Tour

The London tour, organised by NatWest, will feature the NatWest Mobile Business School, a 1966 Routemaster Bus, which will visit 10 boroughs across the Greater London area. The tour starts on 10 October and finishes in Kensington & Chelsea on 24 October.

The bus will be taking prominent positions in the City of London, Westminster and Beckenham. It will offer impartial business advice and celebrate entrepreneurial communities across London, connecting and inspiring individuals to turn their business ideas into a reality.

StartUp Britain

NatWest is working closely with its tour partner StartUp Britain as well as the borough councils and local business and enterprise support organisations, who will have representatives on-board at each stop to provide support and advice.

Jackie Groundsell Chair of Beckenham Business Association and MD of 1230 TWC said: “As a thriving business community we are delighted to bring the Bus to Beckenham and look forward to meeting new and familiar business faces as they take the opportunity to meet the many business advisers available.”

Angela Bryne, Regional Managing Director, London & South East, Business Banking at NatWest, said: “Our mobile business bus is a great way to get into local communities and support aspiring business owners. By collaborating with StartUp Britain and local experts, we hope to provide a broader range of support to help more entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions across greater London than ever before”.

StartUp Britain director, Matt Smith said: “Interest in entrepreneurship is higher than ever and the only thing holding many people back from trying out a business idea is some encouragement and support”.

“By connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with those a few steps ahead of them, as well as supportive local organisations, we want to give people the confidence to turn their ideas into reality”.

For more information about the NatWestBizBus Tour, visit the StartUp Britain website.

Local media is a strong resource for business

The benefits of using local media were highlighted to Beckenham Businesses in an insightful talk from Limited Edition magazine at yesterday’s Beckenham Business Association meeting.

Rosie Parson Limited Edition

Rosie Parson (pictured) of the News Shopper’s sister title Limited Edition gave the audience at Beckenham Theatre some fascinating insights into the power of local media and how people trust it as a source of local information over and above other methods.

She revealed how recent research has shown that nearly three-quarters get local information from their local paper, compared to 43% from the internet or only 12% from commercial radio*, before explaining the type of stories and features Limited Edition runs and how businesses can best interact with the magazine.

Supporting local charity

Following Rosie’s talk, BBA Treasurer Paul Bailey awarded a cheque to local charity Food+ Bromley of the proceeds raised from the raffle at the recent Beckenham Business Day. Paul’s company Bailey Ahmad and BBA member Julie Cogill of Framerstamp decided to match the raffle proceeds between them, meaning the total raised to help Food+ Bromley was £184.00.

Paul Bailey and Michael of Food+

A big thank you to Paul and Julie and everyone who contributed to the raffle.

A huge thank you also to Rosie for her talk and to Alex Vail and team at Beckenham Theatre for hosting the event at their wonderful venue and the lovely refreshments.

Join us for Christmas

The BBA’s next event will be our Christmas event on Tuesday 6 December. Put the date in your diary and watch this space for more information!

*Source: Local Media UK’s Loving Local research: http://www.localmediauk.org/Loving-Local

Local Business and Local Media – a match made in heaven

rosie-parson-limited-editionThe next Beckenham Business Association meeting will be a breakfast meeting at Beckenham Theatre, Bromley Road on Wednesday 21 September  7.15 am.- 9:00 am.

Open networking over light refreshments with special guest speaker Rosie Parson from Limited Edition magazine.

Rosie’s talk will highlight some reasons for businesses to consider using Local Media platforms for their marketing plans. During the talk we will look at some key methods to engage and communicate with local audiences and tricks to getting your message across.

The meeting is free if you’re a first time visitor or a member of the Beckenham Business Association. Otherwise it costs just £10.00 including refreshments, but we do need you to book in advance to help with catering numbers.

BOOKING & DETAILS HERE

Sponsorship opportunities available, please contact us for details.

BBA business networking meetings

  • Wednesday 21 September BREAKFAST
  • Tuesday 6 December EVENING

With thanks to our Sponsors – Beckenham Theatre

Beckenham goes for gold in Great British High Street competition

Beckenham has entered the Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2016

Beckenham is set to go up against the country’s best in the Great British High Street Awards after it was nominated for the national award by the Beckenham Business Association.

Beckenham Business Association has applied for the Great British High Street award, in recognition of the town team’s efforts to revitalise the area.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of the Beckenham Business Association said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be in the running for the Great British High Street of the Year Awards.

“Our application focuses on how we’ve been collaborating with other local groups to improve life and business in Beckenham through better community cohesion.

“This is great news for our town centre and fingers crossed our entry will be successful.”

The winners of the awards will win a share of the cash prize pot, and dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts which could range from one to one coaching to advice on digital marketing.

The competition is a great way of sharing successful ideas to regenerate high streets and make them vibrant places to shop and socialise.

People can show their support for Beckenham online by sharing their photos and endorsements on social media using the hashtag #gbhighst.

“Lady Bug” Wins ‘Best Dressed Stand’ at first Beckenham Business Day

A female pest control business took first prize in the Beckenham Business Day ‘Best Dressed Stand’ competition yesterday (7 September).

Jackie Groundsell from Beckenham Business Association and Alex Vail from Beckenham Theatre presented the winning trophy to Vicki Sims from Lady Bug Pest Control on the stage at Beckenham Public Halls.

Highly commended was Creases laundry services on Beckenham Road.

It was the first time a business exhibition event of this kind has come to Beckenham and it is hoped that it will become an annual event for the Beckenham Business community.

“Vicki’s prize was so well deserved,” said Jackie Groundsell, local business owner and chair of Beckenham Business Association. “Vicki wore a ladybird costume and handed out bug-themed treats and sweets to delegates throughout the day.

“She made a massive effort and the stand looked great.”

Lady Bug Pest Control is a female pest control company that offers pest control services in Beckenham and the surrounding areas.

“I’m thrilled to bits,” said business owner and single mum of two Vicki. “I’m so proud to win this prize, all the hard work and effort really paid off!

“It’s not normally the way I do exhibitions but I like to be different and everyone I met said they would never forget me and that they’d use my services, which is great!

“The ladybird outfit was bought locally at fancydressme.com in Coney Hall, I’m a great believer in using local businesses.”

Beckenham Business Day was organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by Bromley Council.Around 80 businesses attended. And thanks to sponsors StartUpLoans, entry was free for Beckenham Business Association Members.

“The day was buzzing,” said Beckenham Business Association member Marsha Berg from GradFinale Yearbooks. “People were making really meaningful contacts, and the talks were well received by a large appreciative audience.”

The next Beckenham Business Association event will be a breakfast meeting at Beckenham Theatre on Bromley Road 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 £25.

Bringing business your way – Beckenham Business Day!

Beckenham Business Day_hold_dateA day of business workshops, networking and talks to boost your business will be held in Beckenham on Wednesday 7 September.

The first ever Beckenham Business Day, organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by London Borough of Bromley, will be held at Beckenham Public Halls on Bromley Road from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Business Advisers will be on hand all day and thanks to sponsors StartUpLoans the day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 if not, and that includes 1 year’s membership of BBA. You don’t have to be a Beckenham business to attend, however everyone must book their place in advance.

As well as the networking and advice sessions, there will be practical talks on hot business topics such as ‘Getting Your Message Across’, ‘How’s Your Health’, ‘Marketing & Social Media Strategy’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.

All monies raised from the Beckenham Business Day Raffle will go to Food+ Bromley, a charity which helps vulnerable people in Bromley by providing fresh food to those in food poverty and practical assistance to those most in need.

Bromley Mayor, Cllr Ian Payne will officially open the event and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

For further details and booking visit www.beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk.