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GLIDE Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

GLIDE for creatives who want to start a businessThe GLIDE Bootcamp for creative entrepreneurs is a week of free, online specialist workshops. It will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of starting your own business, from concept to company to brand growth.

Designed by creatives for creatives, the programme is aimed at anyone aged 16 and above that is interested in starting a limited company or registering as self employed.

The first bootcamp runs from Sept 13th-17th. Workshops are from 9am-1:30pm daily, and cover:

  • Pitching your idea
  • How to price your service(s)
  • Identifying your customer base
  • Tools for the job
  • Brand identity and marketing
  • Business planning and growth

To be eligible you must be aged 16 or over, have a legal right to work in the UK and be able to commit to the full 12 hours of workshops.

This incredible opportunity is FREE. Register to secure your place and do feel free to share with your networks. 

The Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is delivered by always possible as part of the GLIDE project, on behalf of Buckinghamshire New University and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 Programme.


Recover & Rise SME Digital Accelerator

A series of free online workshops start in September to help West Sussex businesses maximise the impact and accessibility of digital technologies.

The Recover and Rise SME Digital Accelerator programme is a four-part series comprising more than 25 online workshops:

  • Series 1: Getting Online
  • Series 2: Customers and Marketing
  • Series 3: Systems and Productivity
  • Series 4: Growth Expansion and New Products

The aim is to help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) utilise digital tools and gain expert knowledge and advice on how best to grow their online presence, attract and retain new customers and work more productively.

The workshops start on 9 September and will take place at 12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will run through to January 2022.

Please note: businesses have to be located within West Sussex to be eligible for these workshops. Interested organisations can sign up for any or all of the sessions.

The programme of workshops has been devised by local digital experts Freedom Worksalways possible and Creative Bloom and is being delivered in partnership by West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex district and borough councils. 

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>BREAKTHROUGH is a unique, fully-funded, power-up package of support aimed at East Sussex based female-led and ethnic minorities-led small and medium-sized businesses who want to fly high.

What would you do with over 12 hours of free business mentoring, workshops and exclusive resources tailored specifically to you? Watch the video to find out more or click here to read our pamphlet.

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South East Business Boost (SEBB) Grants of up to £10,000 are available to small to medium sized businesses in East Sussex. The aim of the fund is to provide capital investment grants to boost sustainability and increase employment. Improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness.

We’ll help you apply for a Productivity and Growth Grant, with a dedicated mentor to ensure you get the most out of the money.

Learn more about the grants and find out about eligibility at our free fortnightly information sessions.

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LinkedIn Live series – How to plan when it’s impossible to plan

A fortnightly series of live 30 minute deep dive discussions where host Richard Freeman and expert guests speak about various areas of business planning.

Topics already covered have included business planning in general, and using data insights to plan more smartly.

Upcoming episodes

24th Aug 11am – Grants & Funding with Sam Hawkins

7th Sept 11am – Products & Projects with Lucy Paine

21st Sept 11am – Branding & Marketing with Meg Fenn

RSVP per session on LinkedIn – join in live and have your questions answered by our experts.

Catch recordings of previous episodes here.

Different perspectives on building business

Mindsetup Director Emma Mills-Sheffield speaks with Richard Freeman about effective business planning
(30 minute watch)

A recruiter, a careers coach, a financial adviser and a blogger told us about their vision for jobs and money after corona
 (39 minute listen)

A short case study of our work with the Coastal West Sussex Partnership – an ambitious economic partnership, looking to raise place-based aspiration and opportunity in education and business
 (5 minute read)

A marketing entrepreneur, a designer and a data expert talk about the importance of branding and business stories during the pandemic
 (24 minute listen)

A webinar on virtual reality market research and the changing technology behind consumer trends analysis, led by Dr Alastair Goode 
 (90 minute watch)

An interview with London Night Czar Amy Lamé on big city night-time economies and the work being done to protect livelihoods
 (35 minute listen)

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