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

Local Business and Local Media – a match made in heaven

rosie-parson-limited-editionThe next Beckenham Business Association meeting will be a breakfast meeting at Beckenham Theatre, Bromley Road on Wednesday 21 September  7.15 am.- 9:00 am.

Open networking over light refreshments with special guest speaker Rosie Parson from Limited Edition magazine.

Rosie’s talk will highlight some reasons for businesses to consider using Local Media platforms for their marketing plans. During the talk we will look at some key methods to engage and communicate with local audiences and tricks to getting your message across.

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, but we do need you to book in advance to help with catering numbers.

BOOKING & DETAILS HERE

Sponsorship opportunities available, please contact us for details.

BBA business networking meetings

  • Wednesday 21 September BREAKFAST
  • Tuesday 6 December EVENING

With thanks to our Sponsors – Beckenham Theatre

Bringing business your way – Beckenham Business Day!

Beckenham Business Day_hold_dateA day of business workshops, networking and talks to boost your business will be held in Beckenham on Wednesday 7 September.

The first ever Beckenham Business Day, organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by London Borough of Bromley, will be held at Beckenham Public Halls on Bromley Road from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Business Advisers will be on hand all day and thanks to sponsors StartUpLoans the day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 if not, and that includes 1 year’s membership of BBA. You don’t have to be a Beckenham business to attend, however everyone must book their place in advance.

As well as the networking and advice sessions, there will be practical talks on hot business topics such as ‘Getting Your Message Across’, ‘How’s Your Health’, ‘Marketing & Social Media Strategy’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.

All monies raised from the Beckenham Business Day Raffle will go to Food+ Bromley, a charity which helps vulnerable people in Bromley by providing fresh food to those in food poverty and practical assistance to those most in need.

Bromley Mayor, Cllr Ian Payne will officially open the event and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

For further details and booking visit www.beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk.

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 

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.

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.

BOOKING & DETAILS HERE

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

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.

Some essential dates for your 2016 business diary

BBA meetings are held throughout the year to network and discuss important local matters.

Dates for your Beckenham business diary

  • Tuesday 23 February – Breakfast meeting
  • Tuesday 12 April – Breakfast meeting
  • 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.