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.

 

BBA ‘delighted’ to support 2015 Bromley Business Awards

Bromley Business AwardsBeckenham Business Association is proud to support the 5th annual Bromley Business Awards as Innovation and Growth Award sponsor.

Last year, two BBA members were among the Bromley Business Award finalists, with Buzz Bee Kids winning the Best Green Business category.

This year sees the welcome return of BBA member business Framerstamp, who is a finalist in two categories: the Innovation and Growth Award and the Made in Bromley, Rising Star Award.

Framerstamp creates beautiful framed stamps, covering a huge variety of subjects to suit a lot of different interests. They make a special, personal gift at an affordable price.

The winners of the Bromley Business Awards will be announced tonight at a special ‘night to remember’ gala dinner at The Warren, hosted by Rebecca Pike from BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo’s Drive Time.

Good luck to all the Finalists at tonight’s ceremony!

Market on the Green this Saturday 19 Sept!

The next Market on the Green will be this coming Saturday, 19 September, 10am-4pm on Beckenham Green.

Organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, in conjunction with Beckenham Business Association, this month’s market is set to be the biggest yet with over 50 stalls selling local crafts and produce.

There will also be live entertainment throughout the day, starting with Rodeo Dave’s Western Trick Riding at 11am. Churchfields Primary School Choir and vocalist Hayley Ince are among the other performers.

Come and visit the BBA stall for information on membership and offers from some of our member businesses.

For more information on stallholders and the full entertainment programme, visit the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association market page on their website.

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.