Green Light for the Future

A Special General Meeting held on Monday 8 August 2016 gave the green light to a new way forward for the Association, working with and for businesses in Hove.

The debate on the future of the Association resulted in a vote to continue the Association after a strong show of support and enthusiasm from other members to get involved in creating a new and vibrant business support community.

The Association has struggled for some time to get viable numbers to attend events despite some great speakers. Also, after taking stock of the situation, during a year where the committee tried to better understand members’ wishes and needs, and identify future opportunities to make the Association stronger and more successful, it had reached a point where it was felt that there was not sufficient interest from enough members, and the demands on the volunteer committee members had become disproportionate.

But during a positive and extremely encouraging discussion at the Skyfall Restaurant in Church Road on Monday there was plenty of encouragement shown. Members spoke enthusiastically about helping to keep the Association going with a new lease of life.

Some of the news ideas discussed included reaching out to a broader range of businesses, such as services, traders and manufacturers, using communication tools to build a sense of community among members and developing specific areas of interest such as ‘news from Portland Road’.

The formal vote went overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the Association very much alive.

HBA chair Martin Harris expressed his relief at the result and after staying neutral during the debate at the SGM which heard submissions from both sides for and against closure. He said: “I am absolutely delighted that a viable new committee has emerged and there was such enthusiasm for the Association coming through. The last thing any of the committee wanted to have to do was to switch the lights off on our way out, but for a time that had started to look inevitable. The risk of closure seems to have galvanised a number of people and I wish them every success in taking the Association forward”.

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