Is your East Sussex based business 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 a 10-week period there will be 10 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 Master Classes.    

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 with different subject matter experts
  • 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?

Either complete the Rapid Business Assessment. You can do it now, online via the button below. It takes just 3-5 minutes. 

Or book a 30-minute Zoom call to discuss the programme and make sure it’s right for me. To arrange a call pick a time that suits you using the link below. 


Business growth support for businesses in East Sussex

Programme Dates


Wave 4: 8th April to 8th June 2021

Wave 5: 16th September to 18th November 2021

Wave 6: 10th January to 23rd March 2022

Wave 7: April 2022 (dates TBC)


Meet the Team.

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

Julian Clay

Julian Clay

Julian is based in Brighton and has runs a sales consultancy called Sales to Success for the past 18 years. Julian has been involved in helping dozens of SMEs improve their sales performance and profitability, across multiple sectors. He believes that clarity around...

Ian Sellwood

Ian Sellwood

Ian has had a 30 year career in developing new electronic products and associated services through understanding customer and market needs, and creating environments for technical experts to deliver exactly what is required. Working closely with customers and...

Victoria Archer

Victoria Archer

Victoria is an Account Director with Cobb PR, as well as being a board member for Women in Social Housing South East. Victoria’s experience, working across international brands, includes FedEx and Tyrrells. She has an excellent understanding of the media landscape,...

Gemma Clarke

Gemma Clarke

Gemma is an international trade consultant with success of growing SMEs into Global brands in over 100 countries. One of her biggest success story was taking a product called Tangle Teezer, a business rejected from a Dragon’s Den, to being a global phenomenon with a...

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...