‘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.

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.

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

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 

Learn about Beckenham BID proposals at networking meeting

Local businesses are invited to come and find out about the Business Improvement District (BID) plans for Beckenham at the next Beckenham Business Association meeting on Tuesday 12 April, 7.30am at the Slug & Lettuce in Beckenham High Street.

The BID Consultants will be at the meeting to talk about the BID Feasibility Study. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and find out about what a BID means for Beckenham businesses.

New Beckenham Town Centre Manager Lorraine McQuillan will also be present.

What is a BID?

A Business Improvement District is a way for businesses in a defined area to decide what they need to deliver to help their business to thrive.

If accepted by the business community, a BID business plan is written that will include these suggestions and local businesses will have a chance to vote for the plan. There has to be a majority in favour for the plan to go ahead.

Come along to the meeting on Tuesday to find out more. BOOK HERE.

Open networking over light refreshments

As well as hearing from the speakers, there will be opportunity to network over coffee and breakfast refreshments. 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.

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

Save the date!

The next Beckenham Business Association.meeting will be a breakfast meeting on Tuesday 12 April at 7.30 am.

Open networking over light refreshments

  • Learn more about the Beckenham BID Feasibility Study
  • Meet Lorraine McQuillan new Beckenham Town Centre Manager

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.

BOOKING & DETAILS HERE

Sponsorship opportunities available, please contact us for details.

BBA business networking meetings

  • Tuesday 12 April BREAKFAST
  • Thursday 26 May EVENING
  • Tuesday 21 June EVENING
  • Tuesday 12 July BREAKFAST
  • Wednesday 21 September EVENING
  • Tuesday 6 December EVENING

Beckenham pub sponsors first BBA meeting of the new year

The first Beckenham Business Association networking meeting of 2016 was held this week at The White Horse pub on Beckenham High Street with guest speakers Cheryl Curr (Beckenham & Penge Town Centre Manager), Martin Pinnell from the London Borough of Bromley, and Chandra Sharma from Orpington 1st.

Cheryl and Martin talked and answered questions about Bromley council’s proposal to cease the Town Centre Management function in Beckenham and Penge and Chandra shared his experience of planning and working with (Business Improvement Districts) BIDs.

Other event highlights included informal networking, a delicious buffet breakfast and the presentation of the Beckenham Window Display competition prize to staff and volunteers from joint winner, St Christopher’s Hospice shop

Winners announced – Beckenham Window Display competition

Beckenham Bookshop, Beckenham Flower Studio, St Christopher’s Hospice Shop and Frock Follies on the High Street put up some wonderful Winter Wonderland shop window displays over the festive season and share top prize!

St Christopher's Hospice shop window winners

BBA Chair, Jackie Groundsell, presents some of the Beckenham Window Display competition prizes to staff and volunteers from the St Christopher’s Hospice shop

The next BBA event will be a breakfast meeting on Tuesday 12 April.

For further details and to book, visit the EVENTS page.

Dates for the rest of 2016:

BBA meetings

  • Thursday 26 May – Evening meeting
  • Tuesday 21 June – Evening meeting
  • Tuesday 12 July – Breakfast meeting
  • Wednesday 21 September – Evening meeting
  • Tuesday 6 December – Evening meeting

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 (though do please book in advance so we know how many to cater for).

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

Sponsorship opportunities for Beckenham host venues available, please contact us for details.