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.

Networking for Beckenham businesses

The first Beckenham Business Association meeting of 2016 is on Tuesday 23 February, 7.30am at the White Horse pub in Beckenham High Street.

Come along to hear from Bromley Council about their plans to create Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Beckenham and Penge.

This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered.

Speed networking

Fun speed networking, led by BBA Chair, Jackie Groundsell.

Open networking over light 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.

Newsletter for the Beckenham business community – Issue one out now

Beckenham Business Association and the Beckenham Town Centre Manager have launched a bi-monthly newsletter for the Beckenham business community called ‘Beckenham Matters’.

Issue one is out now – click on this link to download!

In this first edition, find out about Beckenham’s plans towards achieving the Purple Flag Award for Beckenham Town Centre, nominate your favourite Beckenham landmark, have your say on the new powers for Sunday trading and find out about upcoming Beckenham town events.

If you have a story that you think the Beckenham business community would benefit from, please email it to info@beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk.

In the next Issue… 
Due early November 2015

  • Beckenham’s Winter Wonderland Shop Window Competition
  • Look out for our intrepid newshounds for Hot-off-the-Press news!

 

Flexible working is good for business

Jane KnightFlexible working was the main topic of discussion at this morning’s Beckenham Business Association event, hosted by Kelsey House, on the High Street.

Our guest speaker, Jane Knight of Successful Mums (pictured right), who helps mums back into work through careers advice, training and access to employer networks, spoke about how she is championing flexibility in the workplace because it benefits both employees and businesses alike.

Jane told the audience of local businesses how flexible working can help mums and others who’ve had a career break because it allows them to fit work around other commitments like school runs, as well as helping them re-adjust to the working world and boosting their confidence.

Similarly, Jane explained how businesses can also benefit by having a happy and motivated workforce with a good work/life balance. Those looking to expand can take on part-time staff if they’re not quite ready for full-timers and being flexible also means being able to provide a service outside of the traditional 9-5 hours.

“We’re increasingly a 24/7 society,” said Jane, “so being able to offer flexible hours to those who want to fit work around childcare and other commitments, means a business can more easily meet the demands of its customers.”

Cheryl CurrThe meeting also had an update from Cheryl Curr, Beckenham Town Centre Manager (left), on the Purple Flag Award, which Beckenham is currently working towards, and the forthcoming Market on the Green, this Saturday 18 July.

The next BBA event will be an evening meeting on Wednesday 23 September.

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)BBA networking

Dates for the rest of 2015:

BBA meetings

  • Wednesday 23 September – evening
  • Tuesday 1 December – evening

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

  • Saturday 18 July
  • Saturday 19 September
  • Saturday 5 December – Christmas Candle Procession

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

Flagging up Nineteen Fourteas vintage tea room

The Purple Flag for Beckenham Town Centre.was top of the agenda at last night’s evening meeting hosted by Nineteen Fourteas on Beckenham High Street. The meeting was presented by Beckenham Business Association (BBA) and Cheryl Curr, Beckenham Town Centre Manager.

BBA and the Beckenham Town Centre Team are working towards achieving the Purple Flag Award for Beckenham Town Centre. This is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night showing that the night-time economy offers clean and safe environments, great bars and clubs, a variety of arts and cultural attractions and excellent transport links.

“There was great discussion following Cheryl’s talk about Beckenham’s application for the Purple Flag Award,” said Jackie Groundsell, BBA Chair, “and the buffet from Nineteen Fourteas was delicious,”

If you have any questions or if you would like to get involved with Purple Flag please email Cheryl.curr@bromley.gov.uk or for more information visit the Association of Town and City Management.

The next BBA event will be a breakfast meeting on Tuesday 14 July at Kelsey House, Beckenham.

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.

Dates for the rest of 2015:

BBA meetings

  • Tuesday 14 July – breakfast
  • Wednesday 23 September – evening
  • Tuesday 1 December – evening

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

  • Saturday 18 July
  • Saturday 19 September
  • Saturday 5 December – Christmas Candle Procession

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

Nineteen Fourteas to host next BBA evening meeting

Join us on Tuesday 23 June, 6.15-8.30pm at Nineteen Fourteas, 183 High Street, Beckenham and find out more about Beckenham’s ambition to attain The Purple Flag.

We’ll be joined by Beckenham Town Centre Manager Cheryl Curr who will talk to us about the Purple Flag accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night.

It’s a great opportunity to find out more about your town.

PLUS networking + refreshments.

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 14 July – breakfast
  • Wednesday 23 September – evening
  • Tuesday 1 December – evening

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

  • Saturday 18 July
  • Saturday 19 September
  • Saturday 5 December – Christmas Candle Procession

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