‘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.

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.

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.

Save the date!

The next Beckenham Business Association.meeting will be a breakfast meeting on Tuesday 12 April at 7.30 am.

Open networking over light refreshments

  • Learn more about the Beckenham BID Feasibility Study
  • Meet Lorraine McQuillan new Beckenham Town Centre Manager

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.

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Sponsorship opportunities available, please contact us for details.

BBA business networking meetings

  • Tuesday 12 April BREAKFAST
  • Thursday 26 May EVENING
  • Tuesday 21 June EVENING
  • Tuesday 12 July BREAKFAST
  • Wednesday 21 September EVENING
  • Tuesday 6 December EVENING

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.

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.

Next BBA meeting: 14 July, Kelsey House

Join us for our next meeting, a breakfast event, on 14 July, 7.30-9.30am, at Kelsey House, 75 Beckenham High Street.

Jane Knight

Jane Knight

Our guest speaker will be Jane Knight of Successful Mums, who will be talking about flexible working and how it can help those returning to work after a career break, as well as benefit growing businesses who may not be ready for full-time employees.

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

  • 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.