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.

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

Business Networking 26 May

The next Beckenham Business Association meeting is this coming Thursday 26 May, 6.15-8pm at The Big Breakfast on Beckenham High Street.

Food is kindly being supplied by Sapore Vero and there will be plenty of opportunity for networking.

Events are free for Beckenham Business Association Members and for first-time visitors, or £10 each for returning non-members.

Please book in advance via the Events Page.

Other BBA Events in 2016

  • Tuesday 21 June – Evening meeting
  • Tuesday 12 July – Breakfast meeting
  • Wednesday 7 September – Beckenham Big Business Day
  • Wednesday 21 September – Evening meeting
  • Tuesday 6 December – Evening meeting

BBA Members can attend a minimum four networking meetings per year for free, as part of their membership. All meetings include food, networking and the chance to hear from informative speakers who can help your business.

More info and booking for each event is via the Events Page.

Beckenham Business Association EC ‘united’ against crown post office closure

The Save Beckenham Post Office Campaign, whose supporters include members of the Beckenham Business Association EC, held a demonstration outside Beckenham Crown Post Office on Rectory Road on Saturday.

Post-Office-Demo-16-Apr-2016

The campaigners have called on Post Office Ltd to change its mind on the threat to close the post office on Rectory Road and replace it with a franchise.

The Rectory Road post office is one of 43 sites nationwide that could face closure.

An online petition, set up by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association on change.org, has already gained more than 1,500 signatures, and around 5,000 paper signatures.

Beckenham Business Association chair, Jackie Groundsell, said: “The post office on Rectory Road has a lot of business and residential users from all over Bromley, it’s a very busy post office. We’d hate to lose it.”

We need our Post Office

To support the campaign to Save Beckenham Crown Post Office, please sign the online petition.

Further details can be found on the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website.

#savebeckenhampostoffice

Demonstration to save Beckenham Post Office – 16 April 10am

There will be a demonstration to help the Save Beckenham Crown Post Office Campaign at 10.00am on Saturday 16 April, outside the Post Office in Rectory Road.

Local community groups, including Beckenham Business Association, and the Post Office Union (CWU) will be outside the Post Office from 9.00am to 12.30pm to talk to locals about the benefits of a Crown Post Office.

A paper petition will be available there to sign on the day, or you can sign the online petition here.

You can also download a poster here to display in your window.

Please show your support to help save this much needed community and business resource.

Save Beckenham Post Office

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.

Help save Beckenham Post Office

‘Crown’ Post Office threatened with closure

Businesses and residents in Beckenham are being urged to help save Beckenham Crown Post Office on Rectory Road by signing this petition.

Beckenham Post Office is facing closure as part of The Post Office Ltd’s plans to cut 42 branches across the country in 2016. While nearby franchises will be offered, these would provide inferior services, often in a smaller space with fewer counters, and closure would have a huge impact for both residents and businesses, significantly affecting footfall to the High Street.

Save Beckenham Post Office

Beckenham Business Association (BBA), together with the local residents’ associations, is supporting the Post Office Workers Union (CWU) in the Save Beckenham Crown Post Office Campaign because:

  • As a ‘Crown’ Post Office, Beckenham can currently offer more services than franchises – such as driving licence, passport and Home Office services.
  • Once franchised out Post Office Ltd have limited control. If the franchise sells up in a few years, Beckenham could be left without a Post Office.
  • It’s a busy Post Office with people travelling from further afield to use it (the Crown Post Offices in West Wickham and Bromley have already been closed).
  • There is mounting evidence that closure of a Crown Post Office has a severe negative impact on the local economy.  Local footfall and retail trade in a town centre nosedives once a Crown Post Office is closed as so many people are drawn into a town to use a fully functioning Crown Post Office.
  • TfL and Bromley Council are spending £4.7 million to boost Beckenham Town Centre. There may be little gain if footfall significantly decreases due to the closure of the Crown Post Office.

Taking action

On Saturday 2 April 2016, the Chairs of Beckenham Business Association, Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, Beckenham Town Centre Team and West Beckenham Residents’ Association, together with other local supporters, turned out to help the CWU distribute leaflets and get signatures to the petition to save the Post Office.

Supporters collecting signatures

The CWU and supporters collecting signatures outside Beckenham Post Office

Commenting on the planned closure, local CWU Rep, Mole Meade, said: “This is one more example of a bad business plan from both the Post Office Ltd and the Government.”

CWU National Executive Member, Ian Ward, who was also collecting signatures, added: “Beckenham is such a well-used Post Office, with six dedicated staff. Why does that need to change, when the alternative would be a far inferior service that will have an immediate negative impact on both local residents and businesses?”

Further action is planned for Saturday 16 April, 10am outside the Post Office. See here for more information.

How you can help – sign the petition!

Please support the Save Beckenham Crown Post Office Campaign by signing the petition available online via this link.

Please also help by spreading the word and encouraging others to sign the petition.

Launch of Mayor’s Civic Crowdfunding Initiative 2016

Civic Crowdfunding 2016

The next Mayor’s Civic Crowdfunding round is launching in March and local organisations and community groups are invited to attend the launch event at City Hall on Thursday 10 March, 17.30-21.00.

The Civic Crowdfunding initiative gives any local organisation, from community groups and business improvement districts to charities and schools, the chance to pitch ideas for projects which support and improve your local area, for the whole community.

This might be about improving your high street to help local independent businesses flourish or establishing a new market for healthy and affordable produce. Perhaps there is a long forgotten space and you have a great idea to bring it back to life, for everyone to enjoy?

The next funding round is launching in March 2016 and ideas could receive a pledge from the Mayor of up to £20,000 (but no more than 75% of the total project budget), to support crowdfunding campaigns through the Mayor’s Spacehive page.

The Mayor will be pledging to the best projects that can demonstrate they are innovative, deliverable and have the support of your wider community.

Launch event

The event will introduce crowdfunding and explain the opportunity in detail, from pitching an idea to attracting a pledge from the Mayor. It will point to further support to develop your ideas and run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Who should attend? You should come to this event if you are a local community group interested in this opportunity, whether you have an idea or not, or if you are interested in establishing a local group. This event is also for those interested in the process of crowdfunding local civic projects and how the Mayor is leading innovation in this field.

Sign up to attend the launch event HERE.

When: 

Where: The Living Room – City Hall, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA – View Map

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.