Christmas “Thank You”

Beckenham’s Christmas Event

A huge THANK YOU to this year’s supporters

AAA MiniCabs – Mohamed
Beckenham Appreciation Group – Jackie, Natalie, Charl
Beckenham Business Association
Beckenham Together BID
Beckenham Rotary – Tony Power, Tony Elgood
Burger & Bubbles – Lucy & Aaron
Cannon Cars – Stuart
Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association – Chloe 
Daisy First Aid – Tracey
Father Christmas & Elves
Kelsey Bar & Kitchen – Chris
Lidl Supermarket – Tim
London Borough of Bromley
London Martial Art & Fitness – Sayed

MINDCare Dementia Beckenham
Police Cadets – Jon
Tangent Office Resources – Chandra
Two-Ten Restaurant – Reena

Waitrose & Partners – Sophie
1230 TWC

 

Plus Beckenham Retailers and Businesses

 

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

For details and booking, see our Events page.

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!

Give your business a boost at Beckenham Business Day

Join us for the third Beckenham Business Day on Thursday 27 September 2018 at the Odeon Cinema on Beckenham High Street.

If you’re a local business based in our around Beckenham, this one-day event is not to be missed! Come along to hear inspirational and expert speakers, visit stands and take part in workshops and networking, all aimed at helping your business to develop and grow.

Speaker topics include: 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 Millenials and Beyond. There will also be an update on the Beckenham Together Business Improvement District (BID) and speed networking sessions. This year, lifestyle motivator, speaker and author Mathy Lisika-Misende will MC.

The BBA-organised event, which is supported by the Beckenham Together BID and the London Borough of Bromley, will be opened by the Mayor of Bromley Cllr Kim Botting and her consort Cllr Mike Botting, at 9.30am.

BBA Chair, Jackie Groundsell, said: “Beckenham Business Association is delighted to provide this action-packed day for Beckenham businesses. With so much happening in the town currently, Beckenham Business Day is the icing on the cake for businesses based or trading here.”

Get your Beckenham Business Day ticket now!

Beckenham Business Day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 to non-members, which includes one year’s membership of BBA. Visitors are also welcome at a cost of £10, which doesn’t include BBA membership.

On-the-door tickets will be available on the day at a cost of £35.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, NewsShopperOdeon Cinema, AAA Minicabs, and Tangent Office Resources, we are able to make the day incredible value for you.

Eventbrite - BBA Evening meeting for those in the Financial Sector + SpeakerRaffle in aid of MindCare

There will be a raffle in support of MindCare Dementia Support, part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind, a charity which helps provides dementia support to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

The raffle prizes include: City Cruise Showboat tickets, a year’s membership to 1230 TWC, travel vouchers from ATO Tours, a month’s hotdesking at Desk Team, an hour’s mentoring session from CNT Associates and an hour’s PR session with Two Heads PR.

If you would like to donate a prize to the raffle, contact us on info@beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk.

A limited number of stands are also available. Please see our Beckenham Business Day page for more information and to book your tickets or reserve your stand.

 

Beckenham Business Day Success

A big thank you to everyone who attended the second Beckenham Business Day last week (6 September).

We were thrilled that around 80 local businesses attended for a day of networking, advice sessions and practical talks on key business topics.

The annual one-day event was supported by the London Borough of Bromley and was held at The Bridge Bar on Beckenham High Street.Networking at Beckenham Business Day

It was opened by The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, and Beckenham’s very own “Great British Bake Off” star Jane Beedle talked about her journey from busy mum to successful garden designer to baking celebrity. She urged the audience to grab every opportunity because you never know what it might lead to.

Other speaker topics included nurturing prospects into clients, online marketing, website optimisation, being a successful maverick in business and sources of alternative funding.

Jackie Groundsell MD of the networking company 1230 TWC and Chair of BBA, ran her ever popular speed networking sessions, and Kat Webb, who runs the weekly guided tour In Ziggy’s Footsteps – The Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham, was MC for the day.

Jackie Groundsell and Kat Webb

Jackie Groundsell and Kat Webb

The best dressed stand competition was won for the second year running by Vicki Sims from Lady Bug Pest Control who dressed as a giant ladybird.

A raffle on the day, with prizes donated from local businesses, raised £106 for MindCare Dementia Support. The charity helps provides dementia support across Beckenham, Bromley and Lewisham to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

The next Beckenham Business Association event will be a breakfast meeting on 21 September.

Beckenham Business Association events are free for members and first-time visitors, or £10 each for returning non-members. Annual membership costs just £25.

Further details and booking at www.beckenhambusinessassociation.co.uk/events.

 

Photos courtesy of David Walkley

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:

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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?

‘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.

NatWest Business Bus to visit Beckenham

The NatWest Mobile Business School, also known as the NatWestBizBus, is coming to Beckenham Green on 12 October, between 10am and 4pm.

StartUp Britain NatWestBizBus

This free business event follows the success of the StartUp Britain tour, in which the NatWest Mobile Business School visited 30 locations engaging with more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, start-up and small business owners.

London Tour

The London tour, organised by NatWest, will feature the NatWest Mobile Business School, a 1966 Routemaster Bus, which will visit 10 boroughs across the Greater London area. The tour starts on 10 October and finishes in Kensington & Chelsea on 24 October.

The bus will be taking prominent positions in the City of London, Westminster and Beckenham. It will offer impartial business advice and celebrate entrepreneurial communities across London, connecting and inspiring individuals to turn their business ideas into a reality.

StartUp Britain

NatWest is working closely with its tour partner StartUp Britain as well as the borough councils and local business and enterprise support organisations, who will have representatives on-board at each stop to provide support and advice.

Jackie Groundsell Chair of Beckenham Business Association and MD of 1230 TWC said: “As a thriving business community we are delighted to bring the Bus to Beckenham and look forward to meeting new and familiar business faces as they take the opportunity to meet the many business advisers available.”

Angela Bryne, Regional Managing Director, London & South East, Business Banking at NatWest, said: “Our mobile business bus is a great way to get into local communities and support aspiring business owners. By collaborating with StartUp Britain and local experts, we hope to provide a broader range of support to help more entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions across greater London than ever before”.

StartUp Britain director, Matt Smith said: “Interest in entrepreneurship is higher than ever and the only thing holding many people back from trying out a business idea is some encouragement and support”.

“By connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with those a few steps ahead of them, as well as supportive local organisations, we want to give people the confidence to turn their ideas into reality”.

For more information about the NatWestBizBus Tour, visit the StartUp Britain website.