Beckenham Business Day a success all round!

Last month’s Beckenham Business Day (on 27 September), was a resounding success with over 100 businesses attending the day of networking, advice sessions and practical talks on business topics.

The third Beckenham Business Day, organised by Beckenham Business Association (BBA) and supported by Beckenham Together BID, was held at the Odeon Cinema on Beckenham High Street.

It was opened by the Mayor of Bromley Cllr Kim Botting and her consort Cllr Mike Botting.

BBA Chair Jackie Groundsell ran her ever popular speed networking sessions, and lifestyle motivator, speaker and author Mathy Lisika-Misende, was MC for the day.

Speaker topics included Sources of Alternative Funding; The Beginners’ Guide to Local SEO; BE Irresistible: The Three Keys to achieving success in today’s competitive marketplace; Your Digital World and Sales for Millennials and Beyond.

A raffle on the day, with prizes donated by local businesses, raised £180.75 for MINDCare Dementia Support, Beckenham, part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind, a charity that provides support to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

The event was sponsored by Beckenham Odeon Cinema, News Shopper, Beckenham Business Association, AAA Minicabs, Waitrose, Tangent Office Supplies, Burger & Bubbles, MasterLight Photography, Peter Schneiter Photography and was supported by BBA member businesses 1230 The Women’s Company, Bailey Ahmad, Gradfinale Yearbooks, Jane Rogers PR and Carol Ann Walters PR.

Jackie said she was overwhelmed with the positive feedback the BBA received from the businesses that attended, saying: “Not only was the atmosphere electric from the moment the doors opened but the day was filled with compliments from people wanting to know when the next event was going to be held.

“We’re proud to know that we’re meeting the needs of Beckenham businesses as the success of the day shows.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s Beckenham Business Day, scheduled for the last Thursday of September, with further details to be released soon.

A BBA Christmas event for members and guests will be held on Thursday 6 December.

For details and booking, see our Events page.

Clock House Celebrates Autumn

We were thrilled to be at the inaugural Clock House Celebrates event last Friday, 5 October.

A collaboration between a number of local businesses and organisations, including Three Hounds Beer, Beckenham Together BID, the Purple Flag and Link Asset Services, the event was organised to celebrate Beckenham’s prestigious Purple Flag award for its night time economy.

A number of local traders were located between the Library, the Spa and Venue 28, along with live music and a children’s book reading session. There were lots of food and drink stalls, plus several local traders selling great gifts and items and the atmosphere was buzzing!

Beckenham Business Day will Boost Your Business

Beckenham Business Day 2017A day of business workshops, networking and talks to boost your business will be held in Beckenham on Wednesday 6 September 2017.

The second Beckenham Business Day, organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by the London Borough of Bromley, will be held at Time Night Club on Southend Road, Beckenham from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

As well as the networking and advice sessions, there will be one-to-one PR, social media and SEO clinics, speed networking and practical talks on hot business topics such as ‘Turning Your Prospects into Leads’, ‘Online Marketing’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.

Jane Beedle

Jane Beedle

Beckenham’s very own “2016 Great British Bake Off” star Jane Beedle will talk about ‘Following Your Dream’ and how a chat over a cup of tea turned into a successful garden design business that led to a place on TV.

All monies raised from the Beckenham Business Day raffle will go to MindCare Dementia Support, part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind. The charity helps provides dementia support across Beckenham, Bromley and Lewisham to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

Kat Webb

Kat Webb

The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, will officially open the event, and Kat Webb, who runs the weekly guided tour In Ziggy’s FootstepsThe Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham, will MC and present the prize for the best dressed stand.

Beckenham Business Day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 if not, and that includes one year’s membership of BBA. You don’t have to be a Beckenham business to attend – visitors are welcome at a cost of £10, which doesn’t include BBA membership.

For further details and booking visit the Beckenham Business Day page.

Learn about Business Blogging

Join us at Koz Restaurant in Beckenham High Street on Wednesday 12 July to learn about business blogging from internationally renowned blogger and speaker Sarah Arrow.

Sarah Arrow

Sarah is creator of Birds on the Blog, which has won international recognition from sites like Forbes, the Daily Mail and Elle Magazine. Her blog is also recommended by MSN and others as a top resource for women in business.

Town Centre and BID Manager, Lorraine McQuillan, will also update us on local news, including the latest on Beckenham’s improvement works. And there will be plenty of opportunity to network with other local businesses across trade, retail and professional sectors.

The meeting takes place at Koz Restaurant, 87-89 High Street, Beckenham BR3 1AG, from 5.30-7.30pm on Wednesday 12 July.

At this event, your first drink is free and a specially priced menu will be available for those wishing to eat.

The meeting is FREE to attend for BBA Members and first-time visitors, and just £10 for visitors. Please book in advance to secure your place:

Eventbrite - BBA Evening meeting for those in the Financial Sector + Speaker

Future BBA events

Our next events are:

  • 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?

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