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

Batman comes to Beckenham Green!

Visitors to this Saturday’s Market on the Green will be entertained by a Batman lookalike, who will be leading a dance party for children from 11.30am.

The local craft and produce market, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, will be on Beckenham Green from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday 24 September.

Alongside Batman’s appearance, local songstress Bianca Nicholas makes a welcome return, plus other entertainment throughout the day.

There will also be over 40 stalls of local produce and crafts, including a local beekeeper selling honey.

For more details of all the stalls and entertainment, see the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website.

Market on the Green Sept 2016

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

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.

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.

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!

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