Ride the Wave

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Ride the Wave 2017

Expert support to grow your business

Brighton & Hove’s biggest business support programme will be back next year

Ride the Wave is a series of affordable events to support every business, from those just starting out to established companies. It offers practical help to everyone in the city who wants to launch or grow a business and has just completed its 6th year. 

The programme includes practical, interactive workshops and peer support, as well as expert mentoring in a subject of your choice.

Running from May to November 2017, Ride the Wave is funded and led by Brighton & Hove City Council, and designed and delivered by Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.


Here's a summary of what the series six programme included:

If you have a fantastic idea but aren’t sure how to go about turning it into a profitable business, this workshop is for you. It’s designed for anyone in the planning stages of their new business, and will help you develop the essential skills and knowledge to set it up.

The workshop includes:

  • Pricing, marketing, networking, accountancy and more
  • A peer support session where you can share ideas and solve problems with other fledgling businesses
  • Where to go for business support

When you’re establishing your business, you rarely have time to take a step back, review your progress and think about where you’re heading. This workshop is for start-ups and young businesses in their first couple of years who want to consider their goals and gain a deeper understanding of what they need to thrive.

The workshop includes:

  • Carrying out a business health-check
  • Creating a business plan that works for you
  • Ways to engage with your customers and clients

We are in fast moving, challenging but potentially exciting economic times for business. This three-hour hands-on workshop for existing businesses involves working with your peers to identify the risks and make the most of emerging opportunities. 

The workshop includes:

  • Identifying the barriers that are holding back your business growth 
  • Reviewing your leadership style and business shape
  • Tips on starting a strategic action plan to move your business forward


If you don’t know how to bid for public and private sector contracts (or even how to find out about them) this workshop will demystify the process. It IS possible for smaller businesses, charities and social enterprises to win contracts - you just need to know how. You’ll leave fully armed with the knowledge to start bidding successfully.

The workshop includes:

  • Finding out about opportunities
  • An insight into procurement policies in the public and private sector as well as large organisations
  • Deciding what work to bid for
  • Practical advice on writing bids
  • Q&A with procurement experts

Watch our short video on YouTube for top tips from Steve Bustin, professional speaker and presentation coach, on honing your pitching and presentation skills. Filmed by Big Egg Films at pitching and presentation workshop on 19 July 2017. 

This workshop is for charities and social enterprises who want to unlock business growth by capitalising on the impact they have already made to their cause. You will discover how to explain what sets you apart from others in order to market your products and services while ensuring your mission and values remain intact.

The workshop includes:

  • How to align your cause with customers
  • Ways to demonstrate the  impact you have made
  • Converting your messages into sales

These workshops may be repeated in 2018.

Free mentoring sessions

The Ride the Wave workshops have a brilliant (and free) add-on. We know that once you’ve been to one of the workshops, you’ll come away brimming with ideas and plans for improving your business. 

We’re offering you the chance to explore some of these in an hour-long mentoring session with one of the experts we’ve lined up.  The mentors are specialists in various aspects of business, such as finance, HR, marketing and sales. They’ll help you take what you’ve learnt and apply it to your business. The mentoring is included in the cost of your workshop (not available for Smart Bidding attendees) and attendees are advised to book their session within one month of their workshop. 

The Ride the Wave workshops offer so much more than learning. You’ll also get to network, make contacts with like-minded businesses, and find out more about available information and support.

Workshops are all £10 except Smart Bidding, which is free.

If you have any questions, email us at ridethewave@businessinbrighton.org.uk


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Previous Ride the Wave reports

PDF icon Summary report of Ride the Wave 5 2016.pdf

PDF icon Summary report of Ride the Wave 4 2014-2015.pdf

PDF icon Summary report of Ride the Wave 3 2014.pdf