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.

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.

 

Learn about optimum business health at our breakfast event

Join us for breakfast on Thursday 22 February at Burger & Bubbles for our first networking event of 2018. We’re delighted to welcome Dr Jason Gould of Chislehurst Chiropractic as our guest speaker.

Jason will be speaking about how to gain optimum business health – how to have more energy, be less stressed and stay focused, so you can lead your business to success.

The meeting will also include an update on Beckenham Business Improvement District (BID), the Purple Flag, High Street improvement works and other plans for 2018 in Beckenham.

The meeting takes place from 7.00-9.00am at Burger & Bubbles, 1-4 Southend Road, Beckenham, very near Beckenham Junction station.

Light refreshments will be provided but please let us know you are coming for catering purposes. The meeting is free for BBA members and first time visitors, or £11 for visitors who have been before and not yet joined BBA.

For more information and to book tickets, view the event booking page.

Upcoming BBA events

These are our forthcoming BBA events for 2018 – be sure to pop them in your diary! View our events page for specific information and to book nearer each event.

  • Thursday 12 April – evening event
  • Saturday 26 May – Market on The Green + Dog Show
  • Wednesday 23 May – breakfast event at Burger & Bubbles
  • Thursday 28 June – evening event
  • Thursday 19 July – evening event
  • Wednesday 5 September – breakfast event
  • Thursday 27 September – Beckenham Business Day at Bridge Bar
  • Thursday 6 December Christmas Party – evening event

 

‘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.

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.

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

Help shape the future of Beckenham Town Centre

Over 200 town centres across the UK are now using the Business Improvement District (BID) model to manage their town centres.

Locally, Orpington became a BID in 2013 and Bromley became a BID in 2015.

A BID is where an independent company is set up by the businesses in the town centre to fund and manage the projects carried out in their town.

Bromley Council have commissioned The Mosaic Partnership to ascertain whether a BID management model would be feasible for Beckenham Town Centre.

Two workshops will be held on Monday 9 May at 4.30pm and 6pm at Dizzy’s Diner 256-258 High St, Beckenham.

This is a great opportunity to share your views on the town and the potential improvements.

All Beckenham Town Centre businesses are invited to attend and complete the surveys.

For more information, email towncentres@bromley.gov.uk.

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.

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.