Be part of Beckenham history with a personalised Bandstand Brick

Beckenham Business Association is delighted to be supporting the restoration of the town’s much loved bandstand with the purchase of a personalised Bandstand Brick.

Beckenham Bandstand

Beckenham Bandstand

The BBA brick will be one of hundreds that will form a circular path around the late Victorian bandstand in Croydon Recreation Ground when it is restored later this year.

The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground are working hard, in partnership with Bromley Council, to make the restoration of the bandstand a reality and they’re asking people to support their appeal by buying personalised Bandstand Bricks.

Individuals, families, groups, organisations and businesses can buy the high quality bricks at a cost of £100 each, which includes a short bespoke inscription.

The much loved bandstand has links to one of Beckenham’s most famous residents, David Bowie, and the Beckenham Arts Laboratory, who together organised the Beckenham Free Festival in 1969. It is a key local heritage feature and an important asset to the park and the wider community.

Bandstand Brick

Example of a Bandstand Brick

The Bandstand Bricks are a great way to promote and raise the profile of your business. They can also be used as a give-away to business partners or clients.

The bricks will be installed at the same time as the restoration of the bandstand and brick purchasers will be invited to a celebration launch event once the restoration works and pathway are complete.

Please support this wonderful heritage appeal and be part of your local history. To buy a Bandstand Brick or be part of the launch party, please visit www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhambandstand.

Can you help save Beckenham’s Public Toilets?

Beckenham public toilets

Pam Notcutt and others protesting outside Beckenham toilets. (Photo © News Shopper)

The public toilets located at Thornton’s Corner are under threat of closure and Beckenham Business Association is calling for any local businesses who can step in to save this much needed public amenity.

Bromley Council proposes to close the toilets on 31 March 2015 and replace them with a community scheme where a handful of local restaurants and supermarkets are paid to allow the public to use their toilet facilities. This is not deemed a satisfactory replacement for the current facilities.

Both Pam Notcutt and the Beckenham Society (pictured above) and Copers’ Cope Residents Association have, among others, done a tremendous amount of work in trying to prevent this unnecessary action. The toilets have now been listed as an Asset of Community Value, which means that the Council must offer time for the community to come up with a bid for the building when it is sold.

Beckenham Business Association would like to see a consortium of businesses come forward to run the existing Thornton’s Corner toilets.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of Beckenham Business Association, says: “The proposed community toilet scheme is inadequate. Most of the proposed establishments can only offer one toilet as part of the scheme and what happens if any of them break down, even for a short time? The additional strains likely to be generated by fairs and market days on the Green will make the problem much worse.

“We think the Council’s running costs for the current Thornton’s Corner facilities were seriously inflated and it has been suggested that the public toilets could be run for far less. With a consortium bid, we hope to be able to continue the use of the existing toilets, perhaps condensing them to about half of the existing footprint and running a cafe or similar alongside them. It is possible that the combined operation could even make a profit for the benefit of the local community.”

Can you help this much needed facility to remain open? Please get in touch by Tuesday 24 February so that an urgent meeting for brainstorming and action can be arranged.

 

Christmas festivities on the Green

Christmas on the GreenBeckenham’s Christmas festivities will kick off on the Green this coming Saturday afternoon, 29 November, with entertainment for all, a candlelit procession and the Christmas Lights Switch On.

Live entertainment, a children’s funfair and hot food will be served on the Green from midday, followed by the candlelit procession through the High Street from 4.30 pm.

The procession, organised by Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association, will be led by a marching band, with carol singers from local churches joining in along the route. With 500 child-safe lanterns to give away, the procession will leave from outside the Post Office on Rectory Road. Those wishing to take part should meet outside the Post Office at 4.30 pm.

The festivities will culminate with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On and a festive sing-a-long on the Green at 5.30 pm.

A big thank you to Layhams Farm Shop for the Christmas Tree and to Sainsbury’s for supplying some mince pies.

For more information, including details of the entertainment on the Green throughout the afternoon, please see our events page or visit the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association website.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Shop Local! Support your local community

Businesses are gearing up for Small Business Saturday, taking place on 6 December.

The annual event, now in its second year in the UK, encourages people to shop local on their high street and support their local communities.

Spending money with small local businesses supports local employment and helps to maintain the services those businesses provide in our town centres.

The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

A range of marketing resources to promote your small business can be downloaded for free from the Small Business Saturday website.

WE SAY: “Shop Local!” Support your local community.

Beckenham Businesses among Bromley Awards finalists

Two members of Beckenham Business Association, Buzz Bee Kids and Framerstamp, are finalists in this year’s Bromley Business Awards.

The awards, organised by Prospects and sponsored by London Biggin Hill Airport, are aimed at rewarding and celebrating the many dynamic and innovative businesses in Bromley.

Anita Burke of Buzz Bee Kids

Anita Burke of Buzz Bee Kids

Buzz Bee Kids is a finalist in two categories: Best Small Business and Best Green Business. A children’s clothing and toy store with a difference, Buzz Bee Kids is based in Elmers End. They buy and sell new unique brands and gently-used pre-owned stock to give parents the best choice in value, quality and design.

Anita Burke, owner of Buzz Bee Kids says, “Buzz Bee Kids is at a pivotal point in its expansion and development and being able to benchmark ourselves against other amazing businesses through the Bromley Business Awards is a great opportunity.

“Naturally, any additional business exposure and marketing you get from entering can only be a good thing for the business. Preparing for my interview with the judges was also a brilliant opportunity to stop and review all of our successes (and mistakes!) and actually be proud of what we have achieved. Of course, I also want to win!”

Julie Cogill of Framerstamp

Julie Cogill of Framerstamp

Framerstamp, which creates beautiful framed stamps from new mint stamps, is a finalist in both the Business Innovation Award and Best New Business categories. With stamps covering a huge variety of subjects, Framerstamp’s framed sets make a great personal gift.

Julie Cogill of Framerstamp says, “I heard about the Bromley Business Awards through Beckenham Business Association, so this is a very big thank you to them. While I wasn’t looking forward to completing an application form, the process for the Awards was very helpful. It gave me the motivation to have a fresh look at Framerstamp and think about where the business is now, where it’s going and what needs to be done next.”

The winners of the Bromley Business Awards will be announced at a gala dinner at The Warren on Thursday 16 October. To book tickets contact Prospects on 020 8253 4256 or email awards@prospects.co.uk.

A full list of the Awards finalists is available on the Prospects website.

Croydon Road ball park gets repaint from local business volunteers

The team from Bailey Ahmad

The Bailey Ahmad team, from left to right, David Perkins, Tony Connor, Paul Bailey, Chloe Fortucci & Kimberley Bates

Croydon Road Recreation Ground’s ball park got an overhaul last week when staff from local Beckenham business Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery decided to get their hands dirty and volunteer to repaint it for the benefit of the community.

Bailey Ahmad, who are members of Beckenham Business Association (BBA) decided to help The Friends of Croydon Park Recreation Ground with the repainting following Bromley’s inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Expo in March this year.

Bailey Ahmad director Paul Bailey, who is also BBA Treasurer, said: “Our staff regularly use the park at lunchtime, so we were delighted to become involved with The Friends of Croydon Park Recreation Ground for the day.

“The day was both a team building exercise for us and, more importantly, a way for us to improve the environment of the local community in which we work.”

The CSR expo, which was organised by Community Links Bromley in partnership with Bromley Community Fund and Bromley Council, gave local businesses and voluntary groups the opportunity to network and find ways they could work together for their mutual benefit. It was hosted by the Mayor of Bromley at Council offices.

Beckenham in the running for High Street of the Year Award

Thornton's Corner, Beckenham

Thornton’s Corner, Beckenham

Beckenham is set to go up against the country’s best in the Great British High Street Awards after it was nominated for the national award by Beckenham Business Association (BBA).

The Government-backed competition to find and celebrate the nation’s best high streets is run by the Future High Street Forum and the Association of Town and City Management.

Jackie Groundsell, Chair of Beckenham Business Association said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be in the running for the Great British High Street of the Year Awards.

“Our application focuses on how we’ve been collaborating with other local groups to improve life and business in Beckenham through better community cohesion.”

The news was welcomed by local businesses, residents and other town centres on Twitter this week, including Chislehurst, who wished Beckenham well.

The winners of the awards, who will be announced in the autumn, will receive a share of £50,000 of prize money and dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

People can show their support for Beckenham online by tweeting their photos and endorsements to @TheGBHighSt, using the hashtag #gbhighst.