Ready to Grow?
Is your business i) in East Sussex and ii) less than 12 months old?
We’ve assembled a team of practicing business professionals and built a programme designed to give small groups of local business less than 12 months old access to this wide range of expertise. All for free, funded through the South East Business Boost.
You start with some time working one to one with an experienced Growth Advisor (either Gavin McWhirter or James Mackrill) to develop an outline growth plan, and then over an 11-week period there will be 11 small-group, informal workshops covering strategy, growth planning, marketing, finance, improving your website, planning, developing a sales process, recruitment, product development and branding.
Each group will also have access to a range of Masterclasses. And one of the great things is that you get to help decide the topics of those Masterclasses.
Every business has access a rapid business assessment – which is free for any company in East Sussex.
- The Rapid Business Assessment will give you recommendations and advice, personalised according the the answers you provided
- Instant download of the report for your business
- 3-hours of 1-to-1 support with a business advisor
- 11 small group workshops each led by a different specialist
- Free access to a series of Master Classes on specialist topic or to cover subjects in more depth
Sounds Great… How do I get started?
Complete the Rapid Business Assessment by clicking on the ‘Get Started!’ button below. It takes just 2 minutes and you will get a free assessment of your business via email (this is optional, you can skip the assessment and just book a meeting to discuss the support available, if you prefer… just scroll down the page a little).
Wave 4: running now
Wave 5: 16th September to 18th November 2021
Wave 6: 10th January to 23rd March 2022
Wave 7: April 2022 (dates TBC)
Can I talk to someone about this?
Yes! Book a 30-minute Zoom call for an informal discussion about the programme of support, and make sure it’s right for you. Pick a time that suits you by clicking ’30 Minute Meeting’ below.
Meet the Team.
The team of specialists that will be delivering the Ready to Grow workshops
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 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 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 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 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 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 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...
Jes is the founder of Crowdfund 360, an award winning crowdfunding consultancy specialising in helping businesses reach and surpass their crowdfunding targets and grow their businesses. Key Areas of Crowdfunding Expertise: • Planning a crowdfunding campaign from start...
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...