Ride the Wave


Ride the Wave 2016

Ride the Wave 2016

Brilliant support for your business

Ride the Wave is a programme of affordable, practical support for businesses at every stage of their journey. It’s funded and led by Brighton and Hove City Council, and designed and delivered by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce. If you’ve got an exciting idea you’d like to make real, or an established business you’d like to grow, you’ll find a session for you. The programme includes workshops, peer support and mentoring, and it’s designed to give you the tools you need to create the success you want.

A fifth programme of events has been announced and will run from May to September 2016. 

For more information about workshops and support email us at ridethewave@businessinbrighton.org.uk

Turn your idea into a live business
Thursday 19 May, 9.15am - 4.45pm
Got a great idea, but not sure how to make it into a profitable business? This workshop will show you how. You’ll get plenty of practical advice from business experts, and the chance to share your ideas, solve problems and turn plans into profits. 
Grow your new business smarter and faster
Tuesday 24 May (part one) AND Thursday 9 June (part two), 9.15am - 2.30pm
You’ve turned the idea you love into a business. Where do you go next? In this two-part workshop, you’ll gain practical knowledge and inspiration to help you turn your new business into a long-term, profitable, success. 
This workshop is repeated on Thursday 8 September (part one) AND Thursday 22 September (part two), which is available to book here
Intelligent growth for a prosperous future
Friday 15 July, 2.00pm - 5.30pm
Growth means profit, but it also makes constant demands on your resources and skills. Join this workshop, and you’ll learn how to meet those demands. You’ll clarify your thinking as your assumptions are challenged in a supportive environment. You’ll learn with and from other growing businesses. And you’ll come away ready to prime your business for effective growth. 
This workshop is repeated on Thursday 1 September, which is available to book here
Smart Bidding
Thursday 5 July, 9.30am - 12.00pm
Interested in bidding for public sector and larger private sector contracts, but don’t know how? This workshop will show you the way in. You’ll learn about the opportunities available, how to identify the right ones for your business, and how to write a winning bid. You’ll get the chance to ask questions of procurement experts in the public and private sectors. You’ll come away ready to start bidding and winning contracts. 
The workshop includes:
Insight into procurement in the public sector and large organisations.
How to find out which contracts are out for tender.
How to identify which contracts are right for you.
How to write a winning bid.  
How to manage your time and maximise your resources during the bidding process. 
Q&A session with the experts. 
A case study of a smaller business that has successfully won contracts.

When you attend a Ride the Wave workshop, you’ll come away with lots of ideas you want to make real.

You’ll be able to book a 30 minute mentoring session with a business expert of your choice (or two if you attend Overcoming Barriers to Growth). They’ll help you take the insights you’ve gained during the day, and turn them into part of your business strategy that you can use every day. 

Previous Ride the Wave reports

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

Please see RTW4 Storify here

Please see RTW4 photos here

Read our case study blogs by attendee Abi Sinclair and panellist Josie Jeffery


 Summary report of Ride the Wave 2014.pdf

Please see RTW3 Storify here

Please see RTW3 photos here


To find out more, email ridethewave@businessinbrighton.org.uk.


Funded and led by

Brighton & Hove City Council

With thanks to