‘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.

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.

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.

Batman comes to Beckenham Green!

Visitors to this Saturday’s Market on the Green will be entertained by a Batman lookalike, who will be leading a dance party for children from 11.30am.

The local craft and produce market, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, will be on Beckenham Green from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday 24 September.

Alongside Batman’s appearance, local songstress Bianca Nicholas makes a welcome return, plus other entertainment throughout the day.

There will also be over 40 stalls of local produce and crafts, including a local beekeeper selling honey.

For more details of all the stalls and entertainment, see the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website.

Market on the Green Sept 2016

“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.

Market on the Green and Beck Rec Fest this weekend!

With both a Market on the Green on Saturday 9 July and the annual Beck Rec Fest on Sunday 10 July, there’s something for everyone this weekend in Beckenham!

Local produce and craft market with Micro Pig Petting Farm

The Market on the Green, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, will be on Beckenham Green from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday and includes the usual local craft and produce stalls, as well as a micro pig petting petting farm, courtesy of Proctors Estate Agents.

There will also be Bottons Family Funfair, balloon modelling, face painting and live entertainment throughout the day. Visit the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website for more information about the Market on the Green.

Market on the Green July 2016

Family fun at Beck Rec Fest

The Beck Rec Fest, organised by Dizzy’s Diner, is at Croydon Road Recreation Ground on Sunday 10 July from 12.00pm until 8.30pm.

Entry is just £2 to this family fun day, for which you get non-stop entertainment comprising live bands and an appearance by disco and dance themed children’s entertainers The Funky Chicks. The event also includes giant inflatables, local stalls and and bar and BBQ by the legendary Dizzy’s Diner team.

Beck Rec Fest 2016

Help shape the future of Beckenham Town Centre

Over 200 town centres across the UK are now using the Business Improvement District (BID) model to manage their town centres.

Locally, Orpington became a BID in 2013 and Bromley became a BID in 2015.

A BID is where an independent company is set up by the businesses in the town centre to fund and manage the projects carried out in their town.

Bromley Council have commissioned The Mosaic Partnership to ascertain whether a BID management model would be feasible for Beckenham Town Centre.

Two workshops will be held on Monday 9 May at 4.30pm and 6pm at Dizzy’s Diner 256-258 High St, Beckenham.

This is a great opportunity to share your views on the town and the potential improvements.

All Beckenham Town Centre businesses are invited to attend and complete the surveys.

For more information, email towncentres@bromley.gov.uk.