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Date Event Location
Wednesday, 01 February

Breaking Big Seminar - Are you looking to achieve breakthrough growth?

This BREAKING BIG seminar will show you how to quickly and clearly review where your business is right now and decide where it should be going. Then you can start taking the right steps straight away to achieve breakthrough success.

If you are looking to grow your business, get more customers and increase your profits, it’s worth taking the time to review how your business is performing now and get some expert advice on how to hit the big time.

But that’s easier said than done. We know there is rarely a moment to step away from the day-to-day activity of running your business and it’s hard to find time to consider whether what you are doing is actually working.

At this seminar you will learn how to :
• Get clear about your business vision and its effectiveness
• Maximise your business capabilities
• Stand out from the crowd
• Find and exploit your competitive edge
• Focus your marketing on the right customers
• Manage and support the best people for your business
• Understand the big picture and future proof your business

With ten practical steps to business success, you will waste no time in realising the full potential of your business.

There will be time for conversation with like-minded people and a light breakfast will be provided so please advise us of any particular dietary requirements.
 

Time: 07:30-09:30
Full details
Barclays Eagle Labs Brighton
1 Preston Road
Brighton
Wednesday, 01 February

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green & black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.

 

Time: 20:00-23:00
Full details
Caxton Arms pub
26 North Gardens
Brighton
Thursday, 02 February

Better Business Show 2017

Better Business Show 
Thursday 2nd February 2017 10am - 4pm Assembly Hall Worthing

Register now for this packed day

This event is a ‘must’ in the 2017 business calendar for ALL businesses in Worthing & Adur, both large and small
B2B Exhibition – with over 60 stands, meet, network and introduce your business
Support – FREE Business Support for start up and growing businesses including information about grants and finance
Growth – Opportunities to meet buying teams from Adur & Worthing Council and some of our areas larger companies
Advice – This year’s Expert Zone will feature drop in sessions on finance, legal, branding, PR and more
Connect – Network over a light lunch, a place to meet and mingle at the Sussex Food Court
Promote – Meet, network and share experiences at the B2B Exhibition with both new and established businesses
Inspire This year’s keynote speakers are a truly inspirational trio with a Gillian Fielding a secret Millionaire, Shaa Wasmund award winning businesswoman now MBE and Darren Gearing an international deluxe hotelier from TV show ‘Hotel in the Clouds’
Google Digital Garage top tips on how to make your business more visible online with two exciting workshops from Google
For a full intinerary and exhibitor list please click here
Keynote Speakers


Gillian Fielding
Chamber Patron, financial entrepreneur and Secret Millionaire will talk about how she started from humble roots in London's East End

Darren Gearing
An international deluxe hotelier working for the Shangri-La hotel at the Shard and featuring in the TV show 'A Hotel in the Clouds' Darren now has entrepreneurial interests locally including the Beach House and Corner House pubs

Shaa Wasmund
Recently named as one of the top 20 most influential Entrepreneurs in the UK and currently runs several businesses which were all profitable from day one
 

Time: 10:00-16:00
Full details
Worthing Assembly Hall
Worthing
Thursday, 02 February

Get ready for rapid growth

1. Getting ready for rapid growth If your business doubled tomorrow how would you cope? This workshop looks at how to plan the growth of your company.
• Get clear on your destination
• Financial planning
• Defining the key drivers to grow your business
• Setting targets and goals
• Making it happen
 

Time: 17:30-20:30
Full details
Eagle Labs
1 Preston Road
Brighton
Thursday, 02 February

Async: "Rise of the Bots"

You’ve surely heard of them, the bots are coming! Some predict they will cause the end of mobile applications, others that they will even take over jobs!

Throughout this talk, we will try to answer many questions about the rise of the bots: Who are they? Why such enthusiasm? Can they really take over the world of mobile applications?

The talk will also include a tutorial so you can start building your own bots on Facebook Messenger using api.ai and node.js!

 

Time: 19:15-21:30
Full details
68 Middle St
68 Middle Street
Brighton
Friday, 03 February

FREE Lunchtime Session #1: How to Build a Happy Startup

**THE FIRST CLASS YOU ATTEND IS FREE! USUAL PRICE £10 OR FREE FOR CLUBHOUSE MEMBERS**

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." Dalai Lama

If it's been the kind of January that's left you feeling like you need some positive vibes, some optimism and maybe a big sandwich, come join us to shake up your day, your routine and even your life. 

Bring your own lunch to The Happy Start Up School in Brighton and sit down with some other people who are looking to start something new.

We believe that passion and purpose are the building blocks for successful businesses, so we believe (and we've proved) that it makes sense to start there. 

Open to all: budding entrepreneurs, students, freelancers, founders, flounderers and fanatics. 

Come along to hear about our unique approach to business, meet and interact with likeminded people and get an introduction to what we offer at The Happy Startup School – from our accessible online Home School to the life-changing events we hold around the world.
 

Time: 12:30-13:30
Full details
Spook Studio
Level 8, New England House, New England Street
Brighton
Monday, 06 February

Wired Sussex Finance Forum

Are you a digital, media or technology SME looking to grow? Would you benefit from some expert and peer to peer knowledge sharing?

Wired Sussex has teamed up with Plus Accounting to provide a members only Forum to support you with an understanding of the challenges and difficulties small businesses in the sector have when looking at their current financial position and their future financing desires.

We would love you to join us on Monday 6 February where Plus Accounting's Finance Director, Jamie Young and their Client Manager, Alex Koupland will be discussing the outcome and future impacts of the 23 November Autumn Statement and the effect on your business;

  • The introduction of a new 16.5% flat rate of VAT for 'businesses with limited costs'
  • Investment in infrastructure in IT and Fibre Broadband
  • Salary sacrifice changes for employees i.e. mobile phones and gym memberships
  • Insurance premium tax increase from 10% to 12%
  • The removal of the Employee Shareholder Status
  • The impact of having a Spring Statement and an Autumn Budget

Benefits of attending this Forum include;

  • Face to face discussions with business advisors
  • Networking potential with likeminded businesses
  • Gain access to information and practical advice that you can use straight away
  • Direct access to question and answer sessions
  • Peer to peer knowledge sharing – learn from others about what they have done and their successes/challenges

Wired Sussex is being supported by Plus Accounting to engage with Business Owners, Accounts Staff, Office Managers or any member of the team that deals with the company's finances.

The Forum will give you a chance to discuss your views, opinions and questions in a peer to peer environment and draw on the expert knowledge of Plus Accounting.

We will be holding the Forum at MyHotel Brighton on Jubilee Street, Brighton on 7 February;

  • 9.00am Arrival and registration (coffee and pastries)
  • 9.10am Introductions from Plus Accounting, Wired Sussex & event attendees
  • 9.15am Speaker(s)
  • 9.50am Open discussion/Q&A
  • 10.15am Event round up: Informal networking/conversation

10.30am Event ends

Please note this event is exclusive to members of Wired Sussex. Wired Sussex membership puts you at the heart of one of the fastest growing digtal, media & tech. communities in the UK. You can find out about the benefits of joining here. If you have any questions about membership please contact kieron@wiredsussex.com

For further information on this event, please contact Wired Sussex or Plus Accounting.

 

Time: 09:00-10:30
Full details
Myhotel
17 Jubilee Street
Brighton
Tuesday, 07 February

Toast networking group

Want more business?
Want to have FUN
We have your solution…TOAST has popped up!
TOAST - an energetic networking group, new to Brighton.
Toast is something affordable, yet exclusive; something engaging, yet informative; something fun, yet serious about business.
Welcome to TOAST a fresh and vibrant networking group - new to Brighton!
Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday February 7th at the Brighton Hotel, Kings Road – at 7am.
Breakfast will be served and costs £15.00.

For further information - please email: toastnetworking@gmail.com
Numbers are limited - Register today to secure your place!
 
Cost:  15
Time: 07:00-20:30
Full details
The Brighton Hotel
143-145 King's Road
Brighton
Tuesday, 07 February

Not Networking - Worthing

A relaxed, fun way to get yourself out there... Literally.
Have you been put off by business networking events in the past? Bad coffee and even worse ties? We know the ones. As a business owner, you might think it's a necessary evil but we've got other ideas.
Not Networking is for people who don't want to pitch or be sold to, but instead want to meet like minded people and just chat about things they love and do best by getting out the office.
Not Networking meet in Worthing on the 1st Tuesay of the month (and in Hove on 3rd Thursday - book via separate eventbrite page)
Join us for a nice relaxed walk along Worthing Seafront, from Sealane Cafe to Bluebird Cafe for a drink, and back again, once a month, come rain or shine.
Not Networking has no exclusions, no lock-outs and no charge – the only thing you need to come along is an opinion and a business – whether that’s just a budding business idea in its infancy or a PLC, the more the merrier. Sound good?
 

Time: 09:30-11:00
Full details
Sea Lane Café Car Park
Marine Crescent
Worthing
Tuesday, 07 February

Drop In Tax, Accounting and Business Surgery

Have you got a question about tax and/or accounting for your business?nAre you a freelancer or do you have extra income to declare? Or maybe you've got a question about VAT?

Are you thinking about starting a business or sideline and you're not sure how to register? Have you started a business and you're thinking about planning for expansion, funding or marketing?

Whatever it is, come along to our free tax, accounting and business surgery in clinic and let us help you. Our accountants and business consultants will be available from 10am-6pm to answer your questions and give you the guidance you require.

By coming along you will benefit from a completely free consultation with a business or accounting professional to help get you organised whatever your goals.

If you can please email us in advance to let us know that you are coming or simply ring our bell if you are walking past and ask for Jen.

 

Time: 10:00-18:00
Full details
Platf9rm
6th Floor, Tower Point, 44 North Road
Brighton
Tuesday, 07 February

Codebar Brighton


Free programming workshops for women, LGBTQ & other groups under-represented in Tech.

Our goal is to enable under represented groups to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities.
 
To achieve this, we run free weekly workshops, regular events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible. 
 
For more details and to sign up, visit http://codebar.io
 

Time: 18:30-21:00
Full details
Changes every week, See website
Wednesday, 08 February

Brighton Business Writing Brunch

How do you find time to write for your business when you're busy running your business?

 

This is your opportunity to take the time you need to get your blog up and running, start your newsletter, refresh your web copy or whatever business writing task you've been putting off and need to get done. 

 

You'll spend structured time writing, away from distractions and with support from Alice Cuninghame of Cuninghame Copywriting.

 

Brunch is included in the ticket price.

 

WHO'S IT FOR?

Business owners and anyone who needs to write for work. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS?

We'll kick off with a short goal-setting session, and then you'll have over two hours to focus on nothing but getting words on the page. 

You'll get as much support and help with your writing as you need.

If you'd rather just get your head down and write, you'll be able to do so undisturbed. 

You'll be working alongside your fellow business owners, with the chance to share ideas if you'd like to.

You'll leave with lots of fresh words written, and a plan for your future business writing. 

 

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

  • Goal-setting and structured writing time.

  • Copywriting support as and when you need it.

  • Brunch, including fruit, your choice of toast, pastry or bagel, and tea or coffee.
 
Cost:  20
Time: 09:00-11:30
Full details
MADE Brighton
66 North Road
Brighton
Wednesday, 08 February

Xero Workshop

Cardens Accountancy are offering a FREE workshop on Xero, open to anyone who uses Xero.

Cardens is a locally renowned firm of accountants based in Hove, offering accountancy and business advice to individuals, start-ups and companies.

At the workshop one of our experts will help you make better use of Xero and answer all of your questions. The session will focus on the feed and how to reduce the time that you spend reconciling.

Places are limited so book now!

 

Time: 15:30-17:00
Full details
The Old Casino
28 Fourth Avenue
Hove
Wednesday, 08 February

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green & black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.  

Time: 20:00-22:00
Full details
Caxton Arms pub
26 North Gardens
Brighton
Thursday, 09 February

Wired Sussex Breakfast Session: Winning the Right Clients

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions share best practice on subjects ranging from marketing and branding, to intellectual property and investment opportunities. And there’s coffee and croissants too. What’s not to like?

Looking to drive agency growth by improving how you win the right clients?

Adopting the principle of ‘marginal gains’, this session will explore all aspects of business development, from how you define your agency’s proposition through to growing an account, showing how small improvements at every stage can translate into a significant uplift in performance.

If you’re an agency owner, budding BDM or Account Manager, this session will provide tips and takeaways to help you up your game.

We’ll be joined by:

Ben Potter, new business mentor to aspiring agencies.

Ben was the Commercial Director at Brighton based digital agency, Leapfrogg, for almost fourteen years, amassing a huge amount of new business experience in that time.

A meticulous approach to lead generation, nurturing, qualifying, briefing and presenting saw the agency achieve an average win rate of 70%, including high profile brands such as Agent Provocateur, Dune London, Crabtree & Evelyn, Cath Kidston, Wolseley PLC, The Press Association and TUI.

Ben now helps aspiring agencies improve how they win and retain the right clients, his mission being to make the experience of buying and selling digital services better for all those involved.

More speakers to be announced

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions are related benefits to Wired Sussex memberships. Not a member? Find out about the advantages of joining Wired Sussex here.
 

Time: 09:00-11:00
Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St.
Brighton
Thursday, 09 February

VR Brighton Meetup #4

Expect lots of networking with our vibrant local VR community and the chance to have a hands-on play with demos.

Please get in touch if you would like to have some space to demo a current project you are working on.

#BrightonVR


More about Digital Catapult Centre Brighton
The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton focuses specifically on projects that encourage innovation and value from real-time and location-based data – known as the Internet of Place. Led by Coast to Capital LEP in collaboration with the core delivery partners – the University of Brighton and Wired Sussex, the centre will be tasked with delivering on a range of innovative projects, designed to be accessible to start-ups and SMEs to use and learn from. The Centre will work across the whole Coast to Capital region which includes West Sussex, Lewes and Brighton & Hove.


 

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St.
Brighton
Thursday, 09 February

Collaborative product management

As a Product Manager how do you need to collaborate with other disciplines in order to achieve results?  

In February's meet-up we will explore some aspects of how you can work with and co-ordinate stakeholders from a variety of different backgrounds and skill sets to align your team and product towards a common goal.

Dan Kidd: Now That's What I Call Continuous Delivery

Continuous delivery is a concept that enables code to be shipped at any time, with a clear path from dev to live. This talk will run through how madgex, a business with a SaaS product model turned this from a monolith to an agile, flexibly deployed product. 

How does this relate to Product Management? Well hopefully this talk will convince you push having this methodology in your dev teams as it really opens the door to flexible development and release of new product development and features.

Mike Rowlands: MD at LShift

Mike and his software development company LShift have some very interesting views about collaboration, with engineers have great influence over features that get developed. 


Ed Vinicombe: Founder of UXClub.com

Ed is going to talk about UX, the product life cycle and the need to collaborate with the Product Managers to ensure smooth transition from design to engineering. 

 

Time: 19:00-21:00
Full details
TBC
Thursday, 09 February

WorthingDigital Social

Join us for our monthly dose of chit-chat with like minded folk from across the digital sector  

Time: 20:00-23:00
Full details
The Corner House
80 High Street
Worthing
Thursday, 09 February

Brighton Project Collective Feb Meet Up

We found there wasn’t really a forum for digital producers and project managers, so this group is designed to provide an opportunity to discuss common problems, debate different approaches, share experiences and exchange knowledge about the role of people in creating success in a virtual world.
Experience tells us that spending time with like-minded professionals working in a similar role is often the best and most useful interesting way to learn and enhance skills, as well as get support, so we hope to have regular meet-ups in Brighton. We started as the Brighton Digital Project People several years ago and are relaunching now as the Brighton Project Collective.
Following several successful meet ups in 2016, we'd like to invite you to come along to our next meet up. All are welcome, whether you've been to previous events or are new to the group.
LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6400193
Slack: https://bpcollective.slack.com/
 

Time: 21:00-22:30
Full details
DabApps
36 Frederick Place
Brighton
Friday, 10 February

Business Start Up Surgery

These sessions are aimed at those wanting to know more about starting a business, anticipating high growth with an annual turnover in excess of £100,000;

*Business plans

*Registering with HMRC for Tax and National Insurance

* VAT Registration

* Appropriate trading status i.e. sole trader, partnership or limited company

* Record Keeping

We are holding a one day Business Surgery at Preston Park House on Friday 10 February between 9.00am and 4.45pm.

These sessions are open to everyone and if you have a friend, family member or colleague that you think would benefit from one of these, please pass on our details.

If you or someone you know would like to arrange a session with us, please booking using the options above.

This is offered free of charge, without obligation and in complete confidence.

 

Time: 09:00-16:45
Full details
Plus Accounting
Preston Park House, South Road
Brighton
Friday, 10 February

Lunchtime Session #2: Introduction to Visual Note Taking

**THE FIRST CLASS YOU ATTEND IS FREE! USUAL PRICE £10 OR FREE FOR CLUBHOUSE MEMBERS**

This is part of the First-Time-Free Lunch Time Sessions taking place in the Happy Startup School Clubhouse every week of February, along with a host of other events and a vibrant co-working community. Come along to find out more :) 

What are ‘sketchnotes'?

 

A lot of us are visual learners, yet somewhere along the way we are taught to stop doodling and bottle up our creative energy.

 Sketchnotes are a great way to unlock your creativity and take your notes to the next level. Sketchnotes help you to synthesise information, clusters ideas and discover patterns in a visually engaging way, combining text, simple images, typography, basic shapes and a number of other visual elements.

 If you are looking for a way of making your meeting notes, journal entries or even your shopping lists more engaging come along to this taster session for a bitesize Sketchnote masterclass led by Marcus Pibworth of the Brighton (and Happy Startup School) based M.I.Scribe.

 

For more information about becoming a clubhouse member and getting all of this for free, visit http://www.thehappystartupschool.com/clubhouse to learn more! 

 

Time: 12:30-13:30
Full details
The Happy Startup School
Floor 8, New England House, New England Street
Brighton
Monday, 13 February

Brighton Digital Women - Lady Love


Sisters are doin' it for themselves!
Februarys BDW is here, what are we doing?
Following on from our mega successful new year mental health and wellbeing meet up in January we're keeping things in a similar arena.
Have you ever felt that you're pitted against other women in your business or industry? Were they a friend and it got awkward? Did you dislike them and it got nasty? How can we compete against other women in our brands healthily, fairly and showing respect?
How can we support other women in our businesses? Have you seen situations where someone has been passed over for an opportunity, paid less or overlooked because of their gender identity? How do we handle that and approach senior staff about it?
We're hosting a panel discussing all this and more as well as enjoying each others company with some wine, treats and alternative valentines lady love!
Can't wait to see you there!
Rach, Allegra and Lana - Brighton Digital Women
 

Time: 18:30-21:00
Full details
EagleLabs
1 Preston Road
Brighton
Monday, 13 February

Sports Media Networking Meetup

Save the date: Our first Sports Media Networking Meetup is on Monday, 13 February 2017, in Brighton. 

It'll be an informal opportunity to meet other professionals in the sports media industry. Come along if you are a sports journalist, broadcaster, writer, editor, presenter, producer, director, media student, blogger or youtuber. 

If you have a passion for sports media then let's meetup!

 

Time: 18:30-20:30
Full details
Eagle Labs
1 Preston Road
Brighton
Tuesday, 14 February

Tell Your Story Visually (Workshop)

This introduction to visual storytelling will show you how using very simple visuals you dig deep into your personal story, to find clarity in your ideas and chart the way forward.

We will use some simple activities and discussions to draw out the key elements of our own unique stories, and show how our vulnerabilities are what make us human and create the powerful narratives by which we live our lives.

By visualising our own stories we can help to create confidence in communicating our ideas to others, be that on a personal or a business level, and discover patterns in our lives we didn't know existed.

The word ‘visual’ and ‘drawing’ can strike fear in people, but don’t worry, you really don’t need to be an artist to start capturing your story. As long as you can hold a pen you are good to go!

 
Cost:  27.68
Time: 09:00-12:30
Full details
The Happy Startup School
Floor 8, New England House,
New England Street
Tuesday, 14 February

Learn to LOVE SEO

The workshop will cover important and useful SEO (search engine optimisation) activities that can be done by business owners who have websites. The aim of this workshop is to inform website owners about the actions they can take to improve their SEO and in turn, improve their search results rankings. We will demonstrate how to carry out these tasks and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Information about the benefits of paying for keyword research and how to implement the findings will also be included. 

The SEO workshop will cover:

•  An overview of the different types of on-site and off-site SEO activities

• Keyword research and website implementation

• How to get started with Google Search Console and use it for improving online presence

• How to use your website analytics to improve your SEO

• How to get set up on Google My Business

What previous attendees said about the workshop:

“A great interactive workshop with plenty of actionable tasks to improve SEO as a small business owner.” – Jenny Rutterford, Jenny Rutterford Photography

“Meg and Rachael are excellent at demystifying the technical information and jargon and instilling confidence. Their willingness to help and share their considerable knowledge shines through in every communication.” – Vivienne Smith, Athena Regional Director

“Really beneficial workshop which has inspired me to get on top of my SEO. Great tips whch are easy to implement and not as mind boggling as I thought they would be.” – Kay Bryn-Hussey, Admin Caddie

“Shake It Up does what it says. Tells you what you need to know (and might have forgotten) and shows you how to do it better.”  – Steph Savill, FoxyLadyDrivers.com

EARLY BIRD booking is immediate to secure your place.
 
Cost:  18
Time: 10:00-11:45
Full details
Portslade Learning centre
55 Boundary Road
Brighton
Tuesday, 14 February

Codebar Brighton


Free programming workshops for women, LGBTQ & other groups under-represented in Tech.

Our goal is to enable under represented groups to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities.
 
To achieve this, we run free weekly workshops, regular events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible. 
 
For more details and to sign up, visit http://codebar.io
 

Time: 18:30-21:00
Full details
Changes every week, See website
Tuesday, 14 February

Design Research - 2 new approaches

An evening featuring two Brighton-based speakers discussing how behavioural research can be used for design. Enjoy the talks, beers and networking in great co-working space The Skiff.

To Bot or Not to Bot: Using dramaturgy to connect Research with Development, Mark McElhaw

  • Ever been told you have 1 day to consolidate all existing research at the start of a new project?
  • Ever questioned the way research was pulled together to form the basis for a design decision?
  • Ever tried to marry qualitative research with big data?

A framework is proposed that draws on dramatic theory to tackles issues like personas, combine experience research with big data and esign more customised value propositions.

dramaturgy noun The theory and practice of dramatic composition.

Mark is a Brighton based freelance Experience Consultant working across strategy, design and research. Recent worked includes; a supermarket, a Premier League club and an HR startup.

@markmcelhaw

Too Dry; Didn’t Apply: Redesigning Behavioural Research for Practical Use, Jerome Ribot

In principle, Behavioural Research is an immensely powerful tool for creating better products, providing deep insights that help us design around the many factors that influence our choices, habits and loyalties.

In practice, it’s a nightmare, riddled with complexity that prevents it being found, read and applied.

This isn’t good enough. Might there be a better way to facilitate its use in practical, non-academic contexts? Jerome will discuss a possible solution that could further the reach of behavioural research and help create much better products as a result.

Jerome is Founder of Coglode, which aims to communicate behavioural research to a wider business and design audience. Prior to this, he spent ten years as Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer at ribot, an multi-award-winning agency which works with Google, Channel Four, Tesco and Intel on ground-breaking digital products.

@coglode

http://coglode.com/

Organised by Danny Hope

 
Cost:  5
Time: 19:00-22:00
Full details
The Skiff
30 Cheapside (main entrance on Blackman Street)
Brighton
Wednesday, 15 February

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green & black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.  

Time: 20:00-20:00
Full details
Caxton Arms pub
26 North Gardens
Brighton
Thursday, 16 February

The Freedom Seminar - Getting out of the Business Owner's Trap

Are you looking for more personal freedom and a more valuable business? Then this seminar is for you. 

You started your business for the freedom that comes with running your own company; freedom to earn what you deserve, to work for whoever you want, when you want, and from wherever you want.

The challenge is that for many business owners the dream remains elusive. In fact, you may feel trapped in your business because:

  • YOU know more than anyone else in your company about your industry;
  • YOUR customers ask to deal with you personally;
  • YOU are involved in the building or creating of what you sell;
  • YOU are your company's best sales person.

Our Freedom seminar will give you the practical, achievable steps you need to take to get you back on track to gaining the freedom you deserve as a business owner.  You will receive no-nonsense, straight talking advice from the UK's fastest growing business support network.  You will leave with practical tools and ideas that you can put into practice straight after the event, helping you work on your business rather than in your business!

And there will be time for conversation with like-minded people facing the same challenges as you.  Breakfast will be provided so please let me know of any particular dietary requirements.

 

Time: 07:30-09:30
Full details
American Express Community Stadium
Village Way
Brighton
Friday, 17 February

Lunchtime Sessions #3: The 60-Minute App

 **THE FIRST CLASS YOU ATTEND IS FREE! USUAL PRICE £10 OR FREE FOR CLUBHOUSE MEMBERS**

This is part of the First-Time-Free Lunch Time Sessions taking place in the Happy Startup School Clubhouse every week of February, along with a host of other events in a vibrant co-working community. 

 Bring your own lunch to The Happy Start Up School in Brighton and sit down with some other people who are looking to start something new. Where better to start than with a new skill?

This week, we're diving into the world of apps.

Ryan worked for the US government in a top secret lab before learning to code in 2012. In this time he’s grown his side project, Sworkit, into a top Health & Fitness app with more than 20 million downloads.

In this session you’ll learn how to turn an idea into an app without needing to dish out cash. You’ll experiment with prototyping techniques that will help you get your app into the hands of others quickly.

For more information about becoming a clubhouse member and getting all of this for free, visit http://www.thehappystartupschool.com/clubhouse to learn more!

 

Time: 13:00-14:00
Full details
Spook Studio
Level 8, New England House, New England Street
Brighton
Monday, 20 February

Brighton Java: How to change the engine on a plane in flight...

Our February talk is a personal account of improvements to a large enterprise project. Doors open at 7pm and we will have beer, soft drinks and pizza supplied by our sponsors American Express. Talks will begin around 7:30pm. Developers of all levels are welcome to join us.

This evening will be live streamed with a recording to be posted on our YouTube channel shortly after. The stream starts at 7:30pm and is located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfM-oXcsrJg

How to change the engine on a plane in flight without crashing

Dan Wood takes you on a personal journey through the evolution of a large enterprise system. From waterfall to agile & monoliths to micro services, this is a tale of fighting complexity and driving towards simplicity
 

Time: 19:00-21:00
Full details
Brandwatch
2nd Floor, Sovereign House, Church Street
Brighton
Tuesday, 21 February

Take Your Business to The Next Level & Succeed - Sussex

To drive your business forward successfully and profitably it is vital that you understand the key areas that contribute to business success. The results from these areas will determine how quickly you will move forward and how sustainable your growth will be.

We are delighted to invite you to a FREE Business Briefing where you will find out where and how you should focus your attention and effort to create sustainable growth within your business.

This business briefing will explain the vital elements of effective Business Management that all businesses should have in place. What works and what doesn't and the increased control you can gain over your business ... simply by focusing on doing the right things.

Most importantly we will show that focusing on key business elements will allow you to make informed strategic decisions, resulting in better profits and more cash in the bank!

The objectives of this briefing are to:
Understand how to position your business for success
Help you understand the key things to focus on to grow profitability
Introduce you to some best practice processes you will need to adopt
Understand what steps lead to success
Start to move you outside your comfort zone

Pro-actions Business Briefings are FREE but spaces are limited.
 

Time: 09:30-12:30
Full details
The Kings Centre
33-35 Victoria Road
Burgess Hill
Tuesday, 21 February

Codebar Brighton

Free programming workshops for women, LGBTQ & other groups under-represented in Tech.

Our goal is to enable under represented groups to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities.
 
To achieve this, we run free weekly workshops, regular events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible. 
 
For more details and to sign up, visit http://codebar.io
 

Time: 18:30-21:00
Full details
Changes every week, See website
Tuesday, 21 February

Functional Brighton: Learn You a Haskell Reading Group: Part 7

Our mission continues in learning Haskell using "Learn you as Haskell for Great Good".  This time we we look at:

• Functors, Applicative Functors and Monoids

We are four chapters from completing the book!

As usual, please read the chapter before the event, and we'll recap, discuss, and work on exercises. The chapter is online at: http://learnyouahaskell.com/functors-applicative-functors-and-monoids 

Thank you to Felix, Danielle, Tom, and Dave for hosting the sessions so far. Can someone please volunteer to take us through this section.  Thank you! Use the comments below, or email one of the organizers. 

Doors open around 18:45 for a 19:00 start.
 

Time: 19:00-21:00
Full details
The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Wednesday, 22 February

Rediscover the value of exploratory testing and how to inspire...

"Rediscover the value of exploratory testing and how to inspire your team whilst doing so"

Yet again another development team had convinced me that testing was easy and overrated. “We should just automate everything”.

Deep down I knew this was horribly wrong and I struggled to get my point across. Exploratory testing is incredible. An awesome way to discover what a product actually is and what it might be. I failed time and time again to share its value.

 

So I jumped head first, developing a tool to support my frustration. The learning-fest had only just begun!

 

By the end of this talk you’ll discover multiple ways to share the value of exploratory testing. We’ll explore how to share its value and learn a few nifty techniques to make it easier to share discoveries. Word on the street suggests they’ll be a first-time-for-everything surprise exercise guest appearance!

 

WHO?

The speaker this month is Simon Tomes.

Simon is on a mission to move the product development world forward. He can’t get enough of testing (since 2003!) and has led test and developments teams at popular UK websites. He’s currently developing a tool to support and enhance the lives of people who love exploratory testing. Obsessed with music, learning and helping others he also enjoys daily meditation. Simon believes in simplicity, transparency and collaboration. He shares ideas, thoughts and learnings on his blog. You can find him on Twitter,  LinkedIn and the Ministry of Testing Slack

 

WHEN?

22nd February 2017 at 6pm.

Arrive for 6pm and we can have some food and drink and then the talk will start at 6:30.

We will go to a pub afterwards.

 

WHERE?

Brandwatch office 
1st Floor, Sovereign House, Church Street, BN1 1UJ

 

Time: 18:00-21:30
Full details
Brandwatch offices
1st Floor, Sovereign House, Church Street
Brighton
Wednesday, 22 February

RSA Brighton: The Future of Urban Sound Planning

Do we need a fundamentally new approach to urban sound planning?

Brighton and Hove has been at the centre, globally, of new work challenging conventional approaches to urban planning and noise. Bold, innovative projects including the ground-breaking arts based intervention West Street Story have put Brighton and Hove at the heart of the emerging new science of ‘Soundscape’.

Join us for an evening filled with interactive, provocative and creative explorations of how sound connects us through arts, culture and urban sound planning featuring:

  • Acclaimed TED speaker on the power of sound Julian Treasure, The Sound Agency

  • Body language expert exploring how we react to sound Dr Harry Witchel, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

  • Arts and culture expert, White Night curator Donna Close, University of Brighton / AMP Culture

  • Architect and urban soundscape designer Luca Dellatore, Anderson Acoustics

  • Placemaking and urban design expert Dr Cara Courage

  • Soundscape expert and researcher, Lisa Lavia, Sounding Brighton

  • Soundscape, engagement, and local government, Matt Easteal, Brighton & Hove City Council

and more …

During the evening, we’ll explore:

1) When does sound become noise?

2) Can we really have it all - vibrant, exciting 24/7 cities, yet places where we can still have peace and relaxation when and where we want it? How is this determined? Who decides?

3) How do we promote and manage new co-creation models with researchers, artists, designers, and residents?

Book your ticket at the top of this page to join in the discussion. Any questions, please email Lisa Lavia FRSA: lisa.lavia@noise-abatement.org

 

Kindly co-sponsored by Anderson Acoustics, Noise Abatement Society, Driftwood Productions

 

 

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
Sallis Benney Theatre
The University of Brighton 58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton
Wednesday, 22 February

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green & black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.  

Time: 20:00-22:00
Full details
Caxton Arms pub
26 North Gardens
Brighton
Thursday, 23 February

Wired Sussex Breakfast Session: Retaining the Right Clients

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions share best practice on subjects ranging from marketing and branding, to intellectual property and investment opportunities. And there’s coffee and croissants too. What’s not to like?

Looking to drive agency growth by improving how you retain the right clients?

Adopting the principle of ‘marginal gains’, this session will explore all aspects of business development, from how you define your agency’s proposition through to growing an account, showing how small improvements at every stage can translate into a significant uplift in performance.

If you’re an agency owner, budding BDM or Account Manager, this session will provide tips and takeaways to help you up your game.

Please note although this session complements the last Breakfast Session on Winning the Right Clients, you don't need to have attended the first session to come to this workshop.

We’ll be joined by:

Ben Potter, new business mentor to aspiring agencies.
Ben was the Commercial Director at Brighton based digital agency, Leapfrogg, for almost fourteen years, amassing a huge amount of new business experience in that time.
A meticulous approach to lead generation, nurturing, qualifying, briefing and presenting saw the agency achieve an average win rate of 70%, including high profile brands such as Agent Provocateur, Dune London, Crabtree & Evelyn, Cath Kidston, Wolseley PLC, The Press Association and TUI.

Ben now helps aspiring agencies improve how they win and retain the right clients, his mission being to make the experience of buying and selling digital services better for all those involved.

More speakers to be announced

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions are related benefits to Wired Sussex memberships.
 


Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St.
Brighton
Thursday, 23 February

Mums Enterprise Roadshow- Brighton 2017

A FREE work and business event for mums on a mission. Whether you’re starting, growing or just not-knowing.
This amazing exhibition, consisting of over 40 exhibitors, 8 taster workshops, networking AND a Q&A session, is a must attend if you are thinking…

About a burning business idea but have no-clue where to begin

‘I just can’t risk it’ or ‘What if I fail’ – do you have the FEAR?
I don’t have the time or money
How do I grow my business – what next
I’m just not confident in my skills anymore – I’d be useless
I have no idea what’s out there – can I really do something from home or outside the 9-5?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE
All of the thoughts mentioned above are comments from mums just like you, who attended our previous events. There are very real challenges, emotions and decisions to be made about your career or business and that’s ok.

YOU CAN STILL BE A BRILLIANT MUM
Whilst following your hearts and dreams, keep your talents alive or learn new ones. We are here to help you on your mission and #shootforthemoon - that's why our events exist. Come along and you will see first hand how other mums do it.

YOU’D BE CRAZY TO MISS OUT
We will only be in Brighton once in 2017 – it’s too good an opportunity to miss. Attendance is totally FREE and all content is optional, spend the day how you want and suffer no sales pitches!

In addition to all the amazing content you will get our famous ‘Enterpriser Handbook’ AND a goody bag. Best of all the events are child-friendly, so if you can’t get childcare you can bring the little ones along.

REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PLACE RIGHT HERE BUT BE QUICK AS WE ONLY HAVE LIMITED SPACE

Amex Community Stadium, Village Way, BN1 9BL - Thursday 23rd Feb 2017, The venue has FREE on-site parking, is on a bus route and has a its own train station.

We can’t wait to see you there

Lindsey & Lucy
 

Time: 09:00-15:00
Full details
American Express Community Stadium
Village Way
Brighton
Thursday, 23 February

Researching UX : Analytics - Book Launch

Join me for a beer to celebrate the fact that the book is now finished. Drinks, and maybe some Pringles, provided.

Don't worry, I'm not going to do a reading, or a speech.

You don't need a ticket to turn up, but signing up here will give me a better idea on numbers.

Drop in anytime between 7pm and 9pm.

Everyone welcome :)
 

Time: 19:00-21:00
Full details
The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Thursday, 23 February

Brighton Illustrators Group (BiG): A guide to licensing illustrations

Date: Thursday 23rd February
From 7.30PM - 10.30PM

(Talk starts at 8pm)
Venue: Upstairs at the Joker pub
Venue address: 2 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF
(opposite the Duke of York Cinema)

This is the first in a series of BiG member meetings we have planned for of 2017, and at this meeting we have two guest speakers who will be discussing their experiences of licensing artwork for use with products and also how illustrators can work with publishers.

Our two guest speakers are:

Helz Cuppleditch
Helz is an illustrator based in Sussex and works with UK and US agents to license her work for a range of products including greeting cards, repeat patterns for paper and fabric printing and paper products such as bags and stationery. Helz will be giving a talk about everything to do with licensing artwork including contracts and royalties, working with different types of products, spotting and following popular trends and also how to make your illustrations adaptable for licensing.
Link to Helz’s website

Tony De Saulles
Tony is an illustrator and author, also based in Sussex and is probably best known for his illustrations featured in the ‘Horrible Science’ series of children’s educational books. Tony will be talking about his experiences of working with publishers in terms of illustrating other author’s material as well as developing his own illustrated books.
Link to Tony’s website

This is a great opportunity to hear about how other illustrators have made a success of developing and adapting their artwork for publishing and licensing purposes, and will hopefully give you some ideas about how this can be applied to your own work.

Also, as with all BiG meetings, it’s a great opportunity to catch-up with fellow members and hear about what everyone’s been up to.

 

Time: 20:00-22:30
Full details
The Joker Pub (upstairs)
2 Preston Road (opposite the Duke of York Cinema)
Brighton
Friday, 24 February

Business Breakfast for Creative Introverts

 

FINALLY... somewhere Creative Introverts can gather together WITHOUT our overbearing, gregarious colleagues and peers overshadowing us.

 

Join likeminded artists, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers, yogis, therapists and other creative introverts to share ideas and support each other every month over a nice, quiet breakfast.

 

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You get exhausted by formal networking events
  • You like time alone... but you don't want to feel lonely (and owning your own business can feel like that)
  • You know the value of sharing ideas and getting feedback from others and want to do more of it
  • You dread the question "So... what do you do?"
  • You like to make an 'Irish Exit' sometimes - no questions asked!
  • Your time limit for social events is around 2 hours - max!

 

SKIP THE SMALL TALK
You can come with a BIG topic of discussion prepared

1-1 TIMED CHATS
Spend 15 mins talking in pairs before the timer goes - no awkward 'how do I end this conversation?' moments

SHOW AND TELL
Many of us find it easier to talk about a thing than about ourselves - you can bring an object/piece of writing/art - anything that represents you

MASTERMIND
If you have a burning business concern you'd like the group to focus on, put it in the 'jar of trouble' and we'll help you work on it

 

 

If any of that struck a chord... 

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE >>

 

 

Time: 09:00-10:30
Full details
Cafe Plenty
3-4 Circus Parade, Preston Circus
Brighton
Friday, 24 February

Lunchtime Sessions #4: Crowdfunding 101

Come along to the clubhouse for the last Friday in this series to discuss Crowdfunding! Ruth, Nick and Ollie will be sharing stories from their personal experience and inviting contributions from the audience, so we can build a picture of Crowdfunding as, well, a crowd.

This positive looking gentleman is Nick Kuh, the founder of Glued- an app that monitors the time you spend stuck to your screen and encourages you to cut down. He'll be kicking off our storytelling session with some of his experiences with Crowdfunding, and what to watch out for.

Ruth Anslow, Co-Founder of hiSbe Food CIC seeks to throw metaphorical grenades at out-of-date and obsolete business models, to 'follow crowds' to deliver what they want and to practice destructive innovation. She'll be sharing the role that Crowdfunding played in the birth of her business, and how it aligns with her ethos.

For more information about becoming a clubhouse member and getting all of this for free, visithttp://www.thehappystartupschool.com/clubhouse!

 

Time: 12:30-13:30
Full details
Spook Studio
Level 8, New England House, New England Street
Brighton
Friday, 24 February

South East Cyber - SMEs Supplying HMG Customers

  • Are you a UK Cyber Security SME intending to win business with the UK Government this year?
  • Have you already won HMG contracts and are willing to share your experiences?
  • Do you know about the GCloud, DOS and Cyber Security Consultancy frameworks?
  • Are you familiar with the GDS principles?
  • Are you aware of the requirements for working at OFFICIAL?
  • Do you know where the contracts finder service is listed?
  • Do you know where public sector agreements are listed?

If this sounds like you, please register for our interactive specialist event and let's see if we can generate some business buzz together

 

Date: Friday 24th February

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Venue: The Nightingale Room, Grand Central, Brighton, East Sussex

 

Time: 14:00-16:00
Full details
Grand Central
Surrey Street
Brighton
Monday, 27 February

February WordPress meetup - talks, pizza and networking

Come along to our February meetup and catch up with fellow WordPress fans.  

There'll be 2 or 3 awesome talks, dinner (thanks Pragmatic!), and plenty of time to chat about WordPress.

Everyone's welcome! So if your friends and colleagues are interested in learning more about WordPress, please encourage them to come along too.

 

Talks:

Managing client relationships in a WordPress agency – Tom Chute

Tom is speaking at WordCamp London (an amazing WordPress conference) this March. 

This is a dry run of his WordCamp London talk: 'Tales from the Client Side: How to Create and Foster Loving Client Relationships.'

 

Migrating content – Edd Hurst

Edd is also speaking at WordCamp London (yay!). He's going to give us a sneak preview of his talk 'Migrating Content is Like Moving House: How Did We End Up with all this Stuff? And where does it all go now?'

 

Talk title TBA – TBA

Description TBA

 

Our fabulous sponsors:

Pragmatic are providing tasty pizza and drinks – thanks Pragmatic! Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you RSVP. 

And thank you to Barclays Eagle Labs for providing our venue :)

 

Other info:

– The venue is accessible for wheelchair users, with an accessible toilet (inside the Maker Space by the big screen – do ask if you can't find it).

– Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements when you RSVP. 

– There'll be alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. 

– You can also find us on Twitter @WordUpBrighton (#WordUpBTN) or join us on Slack, in the channel #wordup-brighton.

 

Time: 18:30-21:00
Full details
Eagle Labs
1 Preston Road
Brighton
Monday, 27 February

PostgreSQL and RAM usage

This meetup will be a technical talk on how PostgreSQL uses RAM.


In 40 minutes the audience will learn a variety of ways to make postgresql database suddenly go out of memory on a box with half a terabyte of RAM.


Developer's and DBA's best practices for preventing this will also be discussed, as well as a bit of Postgres and Linux memory management internals.


About the speaker.

Alexey Bashtanov works as a PostgreSQL developer in Brandwatch. 
He is a database developer with over 10 years of experience.
 

Time: 19:00-21:00
Full details
The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Tuesday, 28 February

Free help with design and marketing, WordPress, websites, PR

Your local marketing and design help HUB! The Shake It HUB is the ideal place to bring all your design and marketing related questions and have them answered by a professional. All sessions welcome drop-in visitors, to which we will provide your business with tips, advice and quick fixes. Perhaps you’re having trouble with your email settings or need your email signature professionally designed? Want to know how much work goes into a press release and where to start with it? Need help re-sizing your logo for your Facebook profile pic? We can help! Or simply come have a friendly chat and a free coffee on us!

 

Time: 15:00-16:30
Full details
Starbucks Broadwater
47-49 Broadwater St W
Worthing
Tuesday, 28 February

The Content Deli

This event brings together content strategists, content writers, copywriters, and people who work in disciplines all over the web (UX, marketing, design etc.) who may be curious about the best way to shape and wrangle content.

What's going to happen?

It will be a quick-fire round of lightning talks followed by small group chats on the topics that have come out of the talks.

Book a ticket today, turn up and enjoy! There will be light bites and drinks on the night.

AND we're looking for 5 people to share their ideas and stories at the event...

We'd love you to submit a 5 minute lightning talk and be one of the 5 people who present.

Deadline: 3rd of February.

 

 

Time: 18:30-20:30
Full details
68 Middle Street
68 Middle Street
East Sussex
Tuesday, 28 February

Codebar Brighton

Free programming workshops for women, LGBTQ & other groups under-represented in Tech.

Our goal is to enable under represented groups to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities.
 
To achieve this, we run free weekly workshops, regular events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible. 
 
For more details and to sign up, visit http://codebar.io
 

Time: 18:30-21:00
Full details
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