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Hastings based web design agency, The Rye Agency, has teamed up to work with a national magazine and Apple. Mixmag are the world’s largest dance and electronic music magazine, established in the UK in 1982. They approached The Rye Agency to design and develop a new website and integration with Apple News, Facebook Instant Articles, and Google AMP.

The Rye Agency, in Robertson Street in Hastings, was one of the first agencies outside the States to have access to the Apple News platform.

Working closely with Mixmag and Apple’s offices in London and California they produced a bespoke integration between the Mixmag’s website and Apple News. Mixmag’s website is powered by software called CraftCMS (Content management System) for which The Rye Agency are seen as one of Europe’s leading experts.

Mixmag’s Apple News integration was referenced on stage at the 2016 Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Although The Rye Agency manages large websites for well known brands like Mixmag; Mary Portas Pilot Love Ashford; Rocksound; and North London Cares, they spend the majority of their time and resources working with local companies making affordable websites to help boost Hastings’ digital economy.

“2016 has seen a seismic shift in how the web works and what people are expecting from it. Platforms like Apple News, Facebook Instant Articles, and Google AMP are taking people away from traditional websites – and new devices like smart TVs and wearables are changing how we interact with the web at a fundamental level. The rise of these new technologies is rapidly changing how people use the Internet,” said David Roder, Director and Founder of The Rye Agency.

“As a town we’re starting to see real improvements – with the re-opening of the pier, new businesses opening up, and world-class spaces like the Source Park. We need to make sure our town is growing in the digital space too if we’re going to be able to compete in today’s economy.”

To help grow the local digital economy, The Rye Agency is holding a free workshop for local businesses to share expertise which business owners can use to improve how they use the web. The event will be hosted at The Creative Media Centre, Robertson Street, Hastings on Tuesday the19th July 2016. Entry is free but places are limited. Businesses interested should reserve their place by contacting David Roder at The Rye Agency.

For further Information contact David Roder, David.roder@rye.agency  01424 559 689 / 07974 941393

On Saturday 14th May there will be a public rally/demo taking place against the proposed closure of the Hastings Campus and Hands Off Hastings would love a many of you as possible to join them.  Why? Because the closure of the Hastings Campus will have a direct and negative impact on the local community and economy, it will also impact on the creative culture that Hastings thrives on.

At present the town has over 600 students studying in Hastings.  Each one of those contributes to the town in one way or another.  Students work for local businesses, raise money for charities and offer their skills during work placements and volunteer placements.

From art students, computer students, post production students, business students, Biology students, games production students, Radio and TV students and so many more.

Rachael Kamara said ‘This is the kind of creativity we need to keep in the town, we need to encourage the university to invest not divest in our community and we need to fight for a better future for the younger generation.  We can do this by showing the board of governors and senior management what Hastings is all about and how much this community works together to make this an amazing place to live and study.  The opportunities provided by the Hastings Campus should not be taken away and we hope that you can join us in our campaign.  We want Saturdays rally to be about, the culture and passion of Hastings.  If you are a dancer, a pirate, a bogie, a drummer, or just an exhibitionist we would love you to come along in full colour and help us turn a rally into a party.’

Detail of the event can be found here.


Please help us spread the word.  If you can’t join us on Saturday, tell your friends or sign the petition below.




Sussex Coast College are running a series of free Social Media workshops with Talkativeonline. These workshops will cover training in the following areas:

  • How to create an effective Social Media Strategy/ Plan
  • How to upload videos to YouTube and link to a Social Media channelsummer intern
  • How to create effective, impactful content
  • Customer Feedback: How to make Trip Adviser work for your business
  • How to use online tools to ensure long term success

Workshop dates:

  • Social Media Made Simple – 29 October 18:00 -20:00
  • Creating Social Media Content for your Business –19 November 18:00 – 20:00
  • Creating a Social Media Strategy for your Business – 10 December 2014 18:00 to 20:00

These workshops are open to any small businesses registered in Hastings and St Leonards within the Tourism Sector (Retail, B&B, Hotel, Café, Restaurant, Pub, Attraction, Leisure, Creative).

How to book:

Employment in the the UK creative industries grew by 8.6% between 2011 and 2012, compared to the UK average of 0.7%, according to official statistics.


Creative Industry in the UK is growing massively.

The Creative Industries, which range from advertising, design and crafts to TV, film, music and games, accounted for 1.68 million jobs in 2012, 5.6 per cent of the total number of jobs in the UK.

Employment in the Creative Industries increased by 8.6 per cent between 2011 and 2012 a much higher rate than for the UK Economy as a whole (0.7%).

The figures, which present a significant increase on previous data, were released by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller commented:

“These incredible statistics are confirmation that the Creative Industries consistently punch well above their weight, outperforming all the other main industry sectors, and are a powerhouse within the UK economy.

“We are committed to ensuring that the energy, innovation, skills and talent existing in this dynamic sector continues to translate into economic success, and  provide a remarkable platform from which, we can showcase Britain to the world.”

Download the DCMS stats here.

This story originally appeared here.

Here’s a great infographic regarding social media marketing for start-ups and its worth looking over if you have an established business as well. Check it out.

Social Media Marketing for Startups

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Digital Marketing and Video agency LittleGold Online has opened a new office in Hastings.


LittleGold specialise in social and digital media and have just moved in to the CMC.

Based in the Creative Media Centre on Robertson St, they specialise in Content and Communications for artists and brands, offering services such as Online Advertising, Video Production, Social Media Marketing, Brand Identity, Graphic and Web Design and Copywriting.

Their clients include Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground, they have also provided campaigns for a host of musicians and comedians including David Lynch and Matt Berry and have worked with businesses specialising in Furniture, Clothing, Corporate Development, Massage…and a Butcher!

If you would like to speak with them regarding your business’s online set-up and how to make it work harder for you, please email caitlin@littlegoldonline.com who will be glad to take a look.

LittleGold are also offering paid, part time work experience for individuals who are looking for a career in Social Media Marketing, please contact Caitlin for more information.