11 Oct Bognor Regis Digital Creative Hub September Check in
This month we invited creatives from all over Bognor Regis and the surrounding areas to join us to share ideas, tell stories, network and motivate each other.
The Bognor Regis Creative Digital Hub September check-in took place at The Pier Hotel and Bar in Waterloo Square on Wednesday evening (27 September).
Guests very much enjoyed the refreshments we provided, along with the opportunity to network with fellow creatives and then benefit from a series of ten minute talks from the following interesting speakers:
- Mike Williams – Business Development Manager from the award winning Chichester Agency Strawberry Soup.
- Sarah Gillings from U Can Spray – a charity that creates spray paint art with young disengaged people.
- Ian Makgill from SpendNetwork.com
- Steve Goodheart – Founder, Rox Festival.
- Emily Penny and Sara Watkins from Wake Up Workshops.
Mike gave some extremely helpful advice on self-worth as a business. He said: “Just because you are local doesn’t mean you can’t work on high profile jobs. We are based in a signal box, but we get work from people seeing our work and referrals”.
He urged any creatives to build a good network of people to help get things off the ground and to build strong relationships with clients. He added that the skills shortage in the UK means there’s lots of work for talented people and great brands always need support.
Professional artist Sarah Gillings from U Can Spray talked about a mural that was created for Bognor’s seafront. After a large fire, it became necessary to re-do the mural, which, although she was sad to see the destruction of good work, enabled her to work with another set of people – both adults and children from The Regis school.
She added that: “It’s all about impact and the why of what you’re doing and how what you do helps others”.
Steve from the Rox Festival told the group how he was now working on a top secret but very exciting project for the town – a festival taking place over 2018. Watch this space for more information!
Local creatives Emily Penny and Sara Watkins came to talk about their new business ‘Wake up Workshops’, which they have set up along with local Creative Director Matt Burke. Having all built successful careers in London before moving south, they are now bringing their experience and knowledge to small businesses covering topics such as website design, packaging design and branding. Emily told us how ‘design really can help push your business’ and they are updating their Facebook page with daily design tips so go and check it out!
Carolyn from WSCC then gave an update on the progress of the Creative Digital Hub build.
She said heads of terms for the lease were signed in August and she added that the next thing would be to procure the operator who will run the Hub on WSCC’s behalf. This will begin in October and it will take about three months to make the selection.
Excitingly, Hemingway Design are also back on board to work on the detail of the design!
The evening then finished with people networking and chatting. All came away buzzing from the productive and useful nature of the event.
Local web developer Dave Mackintosh, who was enjoying his first time at a Bognor Hub event said: ‘It was great to meet local people. Well done to the Hub!’