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

“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.

Boost your business with Beckenham Business Day!

Beckenham Business Day_hold_date

Beckenham Business Association is organising a day of stands, workshops and talks to boost your business on Wednesday 7 September 9.00 am – 3.00 pm at Beckenham Public Halls, 4 Bromley Road, Beckenham, BR3 5JE.

Come along to celebrate your business and learn from business professionals.

The event will include:

  • An exhibition of business support providers
  • Practical talks and workshops from the experts, on hot business topics such as ‘ Getting Your Message Across’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.
  • Networking with other local businesses – make sure you bring plenty of business cards!

Beckenham Business Day is FREE to Beckenham Business Association Members, including light refreshments. Non BBA members pay £25 (price includes BBA membership for one year), but to be sure of a place, booking is advisable.

Exhibitor stands and sponsorship opportunities are also available on a first come first served basis.

To book your place or for more information please call 020 8650 8015 or email info@beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk