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Business people from across East Sussex gathered at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to learn how innovation, partnership working and good design drives success.

Around 50 people attended the Business Growth by Design event on Tuesday (April 28) organised by the University of Brighton in partnership with business support service Locate East Sussex and sponsored by Marshall Tufflex.


Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex, hosted the seminar and networking event which began with a welcome from Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion, who spoke about how the venue has achieved a sharp increase in commercial profit.

Simon Riley, CEO of MakerClub, told the audience how his start-up business teaches high-end digital skills to young people and that plans are in place to franchise his venture.

James Byford, Research Fellow from the Fusebox24 knowledge exchange project, explained how this experimental new start-up programme used a variety of techniques to support innovators develop their businesses.

The third seminar was from Professor Gillian Youngs, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Digital Economy, who focused on how the digital economy provides new opportunities for innovation.

This was followed by Dr Carlos Peralta, Senior Lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Art, Design and Media, who explained the benefits of collaborations between designers and scientists.

A question and answer session evolved into an interesting discussion about business and innovation, followed by networking with drinks.

Philip Johnson said: “The event was a great success and thanks to the speakers for their thought-provoking presentations which sparked interesting discussions afterwards and gave attendees interesting ideas on ways to grow their business.”