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.

Entry for Bromley Business Awards open

Bromley Business AwardsThis year’s Bromley Business Awards are now open for entries. Any businesses based within the London Borough of Bromley – including those in Beckenham – who want to showcase their achievements are invited to apply.

Now in their fifth year, the Awards are an excellent way for businesses to send a positive message to their customers and attract new ones. Last year, two Beckenham Business Association members were among the finalists, with Buzz Bee Kids winning the Best Green Business category.

Entering the Awards allows you to:

  • Take advantage of year-round PR and marketing activity and gain the recognition your business deserves
  • Attend a glittering gala dinner where you and your team can network and share best practice
  • Reward your teams and show them their achievements matter
  • Stand out from the crowd and give your business a competitive edge.

The organisers, Prospects, are also offering a FREE interactive workshop to anyone interested in entering the Awards on 25 June 2015, 2-4pm at Prospects House, 19 Elmfield Road, Bromley, BR1 1LT. The workshop will help you to:

  • Understand the business awards process and the award categories
  • Discover the benefits of entering the awards
  • Learn how you can maximize your opportunities for creating an award winning entry
  • Meet the professional judges
  • Network with other local businesses and previous winners
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments

To book your free place for the workshop email awards@prospects.co.uk or call 020 8315 1020.

Closing date for award entries is 31 July 2015, with the award ceremony and gala dinner taking place at The Warren on Thursday 15 October 2015. To find out more and submit your entry, visit the Awards website.

Bromley Means Business

The next Bromley Means Business event will be held at Bromley Civic Centre in the Great Hall on 16 June 2015 (9.30 am – 5.00 pm).

The event will include an exhibition of over 30 local businesses and support services, a seminar programme, speed networking sessions and one-to-one support surgeries. The event is FREE to attend.

To find out more visit www.bromleymeansbusiness.co.uk.

Thank you to our sponsors, The Big Breakfast and Sapore Vero

How to write well and Beckenham town centre improvements were top of the agenda last night at our first evening networking meeting of 2015 at The Big Breakfast and Sapore Vero on High Street, Beckenham.

Guest speakers Sue Feehan, talked to us about how to improve our writing skills, and Mark Teasdale from the London Borough of Bromley, gave us an overview of the improvement plans for Beckenham town centre. It was a great opportunity for discussion and questions on our Town and there were plenty of visuals available on display.

Sue said: YOU ARE WHAT YOU WRITE – SO WHO ARE YOU? and shared some top tips – How to write well — time and time again.

The next BBA event will be an evening event on Thursday 28 May.

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 23 June – evening

Tuesday 14 July – breakfast

Wednesday 23 September – evening

Tuesday 1 December – evening

Market on the Green (in association with Copers Cope Residents’ Association)

Saturday 16 May

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.

Business networking – 25 March

Our first evening networking meeting of 2015 is on Wednesday 25 March, 6.15-8.30pm, at The Big Breakfast and Sapore Vero, 73 High Street, Beckenham.

The speakers for the evening are Sue Feehan, who will talk to us about how to improve our writing skills, and Mark Teasdale from the London Borough of Bromley, who will give us an overview of the improvement plans for Beckenham town centre.

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

  • Thursday 28 May – evening
  • Tuesday 23 June – evening
  • Tuesday 14 July – breakfast
  • Wednesday 23 September – evening
  • Tuesday 1 December – evening

Market on the Green (in association with Copers Cope Residents’ Association)

  • Saturday 16 May
  • 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.

Bromley Corporate Social Responsibility Expo

The 2nd annual Bromley Corporate Social Responsibility Expo will be held on Wednesday 18 March at the Great Hall, Civic Centre, Bromley from 5.30pm.

The drop-in event aims to help build relationships between local businesses and charitable organisations in the London Borough of Bromley. Instead of financial support, businesses are encouraged to help in other ways such as volunteering and offering specialist advice.

This year’s event follows a successful inaugural event last March, which saw over 25 voluntary organisations and over 40 business representatives get together to explore ways of working together. Business participants were surprised to learn that it that it is not ‘all about the money’ and that the benefits are two-way, with lots of different ways that voluntary organisations and businesses can work together for mutual benefit.

To find out more or for tickets please contact Mathew Shaw on 020 8315 1900.

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.

 

Beckenham Enterprise Day

Global entrepreneurship week, Beckenham, Enterprise, businessAs part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Beckenham Business Association & 1230 TWC, in association with Prospects, are holding a FREE advice clinic for Beckenham based businesses.

Each business owner will have 45 minutes to discuss any issue currently affecting their business and will be offered free advice by Mike Ellis, Associate Consultant, Prospects.

All discussions will be 1:1 and in complete confidence.

Date: Friday 5 December 2014
Venue: 46 Church Avenue, Beckenham, BR3 1DT
(opposite Marks & Spencer car park exit)

Advance booking only, please! See the event page for more details and a link to book.

This is an excellent opportunity for every business owner to evaluate their business and receive professional advice.

 

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.