Catch the Wave is a new business support programme for anyone in the city who wants to launch and grow a business. It includes affordable workshops, useful resources and expert mentoring sessions.
Designed and delivered by Brighton Chamber, Catch the Wave includes practical, interactive sessions and runs from November 2020 to July 2021.
"We are delighted to be working with a team of great trainers and supporters, and to be able to again offer this brilliant series for the business community at this time"
Sarah Springford, CEO at Brighton Chamber
Everything you need to know about running a successful business, but were afraid to ask
This workshop is for people looking to start a business. Led by Julia Chanteray, the Joy of Business
After 30 years of building successful companies, and 20 years of coaching hundreds of businesses, Julia Chanteray knows what it takes to build a sustainable business. And what to avoid when you’re starting out. In this session, she’ll share her tips for making sure your business idea succeeds for the long run.
Dates:Thursday 11 March 2021
Time: 9:15 - 12:15
Building your business, the hard way
This workshop is for start-ups and early-stage businesses. Led by Richard Freeman, always possible
They say it takes five years to prove your business is viable, ten years to prove that it’s valuable.
Richard Freeman has just passed the five-year mark, and he has lots of lessons to share about risk, decision-making, strategy and luck. Starting out with £100, no savings, no security and two young children in 2015, Richard’s business - always possible - is set to turn over £500k next year and employ its 7th staff member.
In this special session, you can find out Richard’s five lessons what worked, what didn’t and some helpful ideas on building your own dream.
Dates: Tuesday 20 April
Time: 9:15 - 11:45
Barriers to growth in an ever-changing world
This workshop is for businesses with ambitions to grow. Led by Rob Da Costa, Da Costa Coaching
In this practical workshop, Rob will outline the key lessons learned to surviving and thriving in a challenging economy. He will share his own experiences (the good, the bad and the ugly!) plus those of hundreds of small businesses he has supported over the past 14-years. Attendees will leave with some key takeaways and actions that will have an impact on their 2021 plans.
Dates: Wednesday 30 June
Time: 9:15 - 11:45
How to win pitches, bids and grants
Smart Bidding, with Emma Mills-Sheffield, Mindsetup Ltd
If you don't know how to bid for public and private sector contracts (or even how to find out about them) this workshop will demystify the process. It is possible for smaller businesses, charities and social enterprises to win grants and contracts - you just need to know-how. You'll leave fully armed with the knowledge to start bidding successfully.
Dates: Thursday 15 July
Time:9:15 - 11:45
Being a Social Entrepreneur
Social enterprise offers a different way of doing business, driven not just by profit but by making a difference to communities or the environment. As with all businesses, they compete to deliver goods and services - the difference is that social purpose is at the very heart of what social enterprises do, and any profits they make are reinvested towards achieving that purpose.
This workshop will provide some key tips for anyone wanting to start a social enterprise, including:
- What is a social enterprise?
- How social enterprises bring purpose into their business model
- What the world looks like through the eyes of a social entrepreneur
- What support is available to people wanting to start a social enterprise
Led by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, you’ll also hear from a case study business and learn some of the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced along the way.
Date: Thursday 18 March
Time: 9:15 - 11:45
An introduction to investment and the investor mindset
Nicky Craddock, Investment Director at Cow Corner (Sussex’s premier private investment business) and Mark Crowter, Partner at Galloways Accounting, will offer an introduction to the world of raising finance and the impact of investment.
As well as deciphering the terminology, Nicky and Mark will explain what investors are looking for, the bearing & importance of the human relationships and, most importantly, how to achieve the best value for your business.
Date:Wednesday 19 May
Time: 9:15 - 11:30
Book your mentoring session
The Catch the Wave workshops have a brilliant (and free) add-on. We know that once you've been to one of the workshops, you'll come away with ideas and plans for improving your business. We're offering you the chance to explore some of these in an hour-long mentoring session with one of the experts we've lined up. The mentors are specialists in various aspects of business, such as finance, HR, marketing and sales. They'll help you take what you've learnt and apply it to your business. The mentoring is included in the cost of your workshop (not available for Smart Bidding attendees.)
Catch the Wave offers more than learning. You’ll also get to network, make contacts with like-minded businesses and find out more about support available to you in the city and nationally.
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