Learn about optimum business health at our breakfast event

Join us for breakfast on Thursday 22 February at Burger & Bubbles for our first networking event of 2018. We’re delighted to welcome Dr Jason Gould of Chislehurst Chiropractic as our guest speaker.

Jason will be speaking about how to gain optimum business health – how to have more energy, be less stressed and stay focused, so you can lead your business to success.

The meeting will also include an update on Beckenham Business Improvement District (BID), the Purple Flag, High Street improvement works and other plans for 2018 in Beckenham.

The meeting takes place from 7.00-9.00am at Burger & Bubbles, 1-4 Southend Road, Beckenham, very near Beckenham Junction station.

Light refreshments will be provided but please let us know you are coming for catering purposes. The meeting is free for BBA members and first time visitors, or £11 for visitors who have been before and not yet joined BBA.

For more information and to book tickets, view the event booking page.

Upcoming BBA events

These are our forthcoming BBA events for 2018 – be sure to pop them in your diary! View our events page for specific information and to book nearer each event.

  • Thursday 12 April – evening event
  • Saturday 26 May – Market on The Green + Dog Show
  • Wednesday 23 May – breakfast event at Burger & Bubbles
  • Thursday 28 June – evening event
  • Thursday 19 July – evening event
  • Wednesday 5 September – breakfast event
  • Thursday 27 September – Beckenham Business Day at Bridge Bar
  • Thursday 6 December Christmas Party – evening event

 

Beckenham businesses celebrate launch of BID Campaign

Beckenham businesses have welcomed the launch of a campaign to set up a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town.

The ‘Beckenham – Together’ BID would pool together money from a levy on local businesses to provide services designed to bring more customers and spending into the area.

Businesses with a rateable value of £5,000 will be receiving a copy of the business plan and a voting slip, and can vote up until 1 March 2018.

Beckenham is looking to join Bromley and Orpington, who both have successful BIDs in their town centre, while neighbouring Penge is also looking to launch their own campaign for a BID.

The Steering Group behind the campaign for the ‘Beckenham – Together’ BID include representatives from a range of local independent businesses, including The Beckenham Bookshop, Burger and Bubbles, AAA-MiniCabs, Creases and Gallery 17, and large businesses such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, The Spa, and Link Asset Services.

‘Beckenham – Together’ are looking to deliver services such as a local loyalty scheme, a comprehensive place marketing offer for Beckenham, an expanded programme of events and assistance with a parking review in the town centre.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of Beckenham Business Association and interim chair of the BID Steering Group, said, “Our town centre has faced its fair share of challenges in recent years and it’s time for local businesses to take control of its future.

“We have spent over a year speaking to local companies and traders to come up with a business plan to provide services that are designed to ensure our town centre remains the thriving social and economic heart of our community.

“It’s important that as many businesses as possible get out and vote in support of the BID and we don’t lose this opportunity.”

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation said, “This proposal will bring additional investment into Beckenham and will empower businesses to help bring about improvements with benefits to the wider local economy and residents as well as businesses themselves.

“We will keep working to improve Beckenham in partnership with businesses to help Beckenham reach its potential.”

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.

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 

Supporting local business this Christmas

Christmas on the Green – 5 December

Beckenham will onceChristmas on the Green again celebrate the arrival of the festive season with Christmas on the Green on Saturday 5 December, from 12-6pm.

The event, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association (CCARA), in conjunction with Beckenham Business Association and the Council, will include a market with 40 stalls of local produce and crafts. There will also be a children’s fair and live entertainment, including reindeer and a visit from Santa!

Later in the afternoon, the CCARA Annual Candlelit Procession will start from outside the Post Office on Rectory Road at 4.30pm. This will be followed by the Christmas Lights Switch On and a community sing-a-long on Beckenham Green at 5.30pm.

For more information on the entertainment schedule for the day, visit www.coperscope.org.ukAny local businesses wishing to offer samples or special discounts for the festivities, please contact cheryl.curr@bromley.gov.uk by Tuesday 1 December 2015.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday logoThis year, Christmas on the Green coincides with Small Business Saturday, a national campaign to encourage people to shop local and support their small businesses.

Beckenham Businesses can get involved for free by signing up to the Small Business Finder and downloading the info pack, logos and toolkit at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

 

BBA ‘delighted’ to support 2015 Bromley Business Awards

Bromley Business AwardsBeckenham Business Association is proud to support the 5th annual Bromley Business Awards as Innovation and Growth Award sponsor.

Last year, two BBA members were among the Bromley Business Award finalists, with Buzz Bee Kids winning the Best Green Business category.

This year sees the welcome return of BBA member business Framerstamp, who is a finalist in two categories: the Innovation and Growth Award and the Made in Bromley, Rising Star Award.

Framerstamp creates beautiful framed stamps, covering a huge variety of subjects to suit a lot of different interests. They make a special, personal gift at an affordable price.

The winners of the Bromley Business Awards will be announced tonight at a special ‘night to remember’ gala dinner at The Warren, hosted by Rebecca Pike from BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo’s Drive Time.

Good luck to all the Finalists at tonight’s ceremony!

Yuliana Topazly does the business at Beckenham networking event

BBA meeting at Deli Nene

BBA meeting at Deli Nene

Business coach Yuliana Topazly took centre stage at our evening meeting last week at Deli Nene on Beckenham High Street.

Yuliana from My Outspace Business Centre talked about the huge amount of support available to help you start, sustain or grow your business.

Beckenham business owners attending the meeting included accountants, restaurateurs, dentists and PR’s.

A very special thank you to Deli Nene for sponsoring the event this month – the tapas were delicious and the venue – terrific.

The next BBA event will be an evening (Christmas party) meeting on Tuesday 1 December.

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. (booked in advance)

Dates for the rest of 2015:

BBA meetings

Tuesday 1 December – our Christmas party evening!

Market on the Green (in association with Copers Cope Residents’ Association)

  • Saturday 5 December – Christmas Candle Procession

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

Business support opportunities at BBA meeting, 23 Sept

Business support available to London-based entrepreneurs will be the main subject covered at our next BBA meeting on Wednesday 23 September, 6.15-8.30pm, at Deli Nene, 52-54 Beckenham High Street.

We’re delighted to welcome business coach Yuliana Topazly as our guest speaker, who will talk about financial and non-financial support available to businesses through government support packages.Yuliana Topazly

Yuliana (pictured right) is co-founder and co-director of the award-winning social enterprise, My Outspace Business Centre, based in Croydon. She has helped launch over 120 businesses in the last two years.

Following Yuliana’s talk, there will be plenty of opportunity to network with other Beckenham businesses.

The event is 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).

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

Dates for the rest of 2015:

BBA meetings

  • Tuesday 1 December – our Christmas party evening!

Market on the Green (in association with Copers Cope Residents’ Association)

  • Saturday 19 September
  • Saturday 5 December – Christmas Candle Procession

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