‘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.

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

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

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.

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 

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