“Ready to Grow?

Is your business:

 i) based in East Sussex* and

 ii) less than 12-18 months old?

*Unfortunately businesses based in Brighton and Hove are not eligible, sorry.

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 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, sales, employing staff and branding.

Each group will also have access to two Masterclasses on topics suggested and selected by the group.  


  • 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?”

Use the link below to book a short meeting to discuss the support available, and make sure this is going to be a valuable use of your time. If it sounds good, we will tell immediately if you are eligible and send you a link to the online application form. There are appointments available most days so you can book a slot that is convenient to you.

Book your appointment now

Business growth support for businesses in East Sussex

Programme Dates

Wave 5: 2nd November 2021

Wave 6: 22nd February 2022

Wave 7: 2nd May 2022

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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...