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Are you Ready to Grow?

How would you like a team of practicing business professionals on-tap to answer your questions and help you grow your business?

We have built a programme designed to provide just that for entrepreneurs and owners of new local businesses access to a wide range of expertise. All for free, funded through the South East Business Boost.

You start with 1 to 3 hours working one-to-one with an experienced Growth Advisor (either Gavin McWhirter or James Mackrill), and then there will be 11 small-group, informal workshops covering strategy, growth planning, marketing, finance, improving your website, employing staff and branding.

Each group can also nominate ideas for Masterclasses, and we make them happen.  

 

  • 3-hours of 1-to-1 support with a business advisor

  • 11 small-group workshops each led by a different specialist 

  • Two masterclasses on specialist topics of your choice

 

“Sounds Great… how do I get started?”

Ahh. I so sorry, but the programme is no longer accepting new applications (updated 4th May 2022).  

 

Please head to the local Growth Hub for details of other support programmes for business owners in East Sussex: 

 

https://southeastbusiness.org.uk/east-sussex/

Programme Dates

The final wave of the programme is ongoing through until June 2022

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Meet the Team.

The team of specialists that will be delivering the Ready to Grow workshops    

Rachael Dines

Rachael Dines

Rachael Dines, DipM, Chartered Marketer, has a background in marketing and PR and has 17 years experience covering both in-house and agency-side marketing. Rachael is an advisor for Enterprise Nation and a mentor for CIM studying members. Trained in digital and...

Lynda Goncalves

Lynda Goncalves

Lynda Gonclaves is the Managing Director of Sussex HR, and has been qualified with the CIPD since 1996. She prides herself on providing HR support to businesses in a pragmatic, friendly, and flexible support focussing on maximising the performance of their people and...

James Mackrill

James Mackrill

James has extensive consulting experience in sales growth, business development and general management in many markets including UK, Ireland, EU, US, Middle East, N Africa, India and China. James regularly engages with companies and agencies in both domestic and...

Sam Chown

Sam Chown

Sam Chown is a Director at Watson Associates, a well-established accountancy practice located in the heart of East Sussex. Watson Associates comprises a highly skilled team of over 70 professionals delivering trusted and timely advice to over 3,000 clients on all tax...

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson is an experienced communications and marketing professional who has headed up marketing teams for medium and large businesses and charities in East and West Sussex. With an early career in design, advertising and marketing and at the forefront of web...

Emma Pearce

Emma Pearce

Emma is an experienced marketing consultant and has been running her marketing agency since 2008. SME clients in all sectors benefit from flexible, targeted and measurable marketing support. Helping them to feel confident and in control of their traditional and...

Mark Vaesen

Mark Vaesen

Mark is the Managing Director of Tomango, and helps ambitious businesses win more business by looking after their brand and online presence. He founded Tomango in 2013 to develop beautiful and hard-working brands, design and build high-end websites and deliver digital...

Samantha Woolven

Samantha Woolven

Working with tried and tested tools, Sam is able to tailor her approach to suit the personality and ambitions of each and every client. Her aim is to provoke open conversation and help people think differently. She is experienced at designing and delivering highly...

Gavin McWhirter

Gavin McWhirter

Gavin McWhirter is a business advisor with more than 20 years experience across sales, marketing, business and strategy development, and is the founder of Digital Islands. His experience includes supporting hundreds of small and medium sized businesses, working across...