19 Jun Bognor Hub Team Hosts Ideas Clinic For Creative Community Project Leaders
Leaders of some of Bognor’s best loved and most fun community initiatives came together last week to share practical ideas and inspiration for the future success of their projects at our ideas clinic.
We held the event at the University of Chichester Bognor Regis campus on June 8, as part of a series designed to explore the options for the support programme that the hub will offer when it opens later in the year.
Once open, the hub will offer a collaborative work and event space where creative people and businesses can draw inspiration from one another and build on their own successes while helping others at the same time. The hub will be managed by an operator who will also provide the help and support the creative digital community needs in order to grow and thrive.
The ideas clinic brought together people from a range of projects, some already going strong in the town and some just starting out. Using a simple set of tools we helped them create practical, fast and adaptable business plans to identify what they what help they need and where they might get it. We also invited expert advisors from the arts, funding and business worlds who were able to offer advice and guidance and help connect the project leaders to a wider range of opportunities.
Those who attended discussed practical ideas and looked at potential challenges for the year ahead, with the aim of improving the image of Bognor Regis and adding to the excellent things that are already going on.
Wired Sussex Managing Director Phil Jones said to the group: “We are very excited about what the hub can offer the creative community. If you are successful, you can inspire others to do great things in the town.
“We not only want you to be successful, but we want it to cascade into a wider effect. If your expertise in one area could help someone else in another, then we can make Bognor, as a whole, more successful – and people should be able to use the hub as a tool to do that”.
During last Thursday’s event, Kez Bridger, from Bognorphenia said she felt that this type of ideas clinic would help give a platform to anybody and everybody who needed it.
She added: “It was very informative and I left feeling more focused and able to re-evaluate Bognorphenia in certain areas. I’d like to see the hub continue to provide these sessions, as many can really benefit from it and the advisers were great.
“It was really good to meet so many nice people in one room and the passion that was there and the mutual support was fantastic.”
A big thank you to all the advisors who joined us on the day:
Arts Council – Peter Davison
Wired Sussex – Phil Jones
Business Navigator service – Kerry Kyriacou
WSCC – Anne de Sausmarez
University of Chichester – Gareth Sear