Enterprise Thursdays, spring 2012 programme

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Doors open 5.30, talk starts at 6pm, at the Medical School. No admission charges for these events, and there will be free Forfars snacks, Harveys beer and Barefoot wine refreshments.
You will need to register for these events.

‘The Life of Pie’ – Thursday 9 February
Camilla Stephens and Mark Campbell, Higgidy Pies

At the first event of the term, founder of Higgidy Pies Camilla Stephens and Commercial Director Mark Campbell will be sharing their thoughts and experiences in setting up one of the South East’s fastest growing food businesses while keeping to their core values of quality pies finished by hand, made with patience and excellent ingredients.

‘Exploding the Entrepreneur Myth’ – Thursday 16th February POSTPONED: NOW 8th MARCH
Robin Bennett, Start Up Smart

Robin BennettRobin Bennett author of Start Up Smart came to business relatively late. No selling lemonade to neighbours from the front garden at age six, cleaning cars with rags or a 4am paper round!

A cosseted existence lasted until he became a penniless graduate, which forced him to start his first company, at the age of 23. All of which goes to show that entrepreneurs are just as often made, not born.

Since 1992 he has started eight separate companies – each for less than £5000. Six business are still trading, always in the black and never at the expense of high borrowing or the really important stuff, like family and friends.

‘SeeThat: The First Edit’ – Thursday 23rd February
Tim Jarvis, SeeThat
Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis started SeeThat from his grandmother’s bedroom in April 2010 having quit his much loved job at Sussex Cricket after two and half years. Twenty months on and SeeThat is creating video for organisations such as AXA Insurance, Costa Coffee, Hewlett Packard, The Local Government Group, Local Councils, large PR firms and many National Sporting Governing Bodies.

Tim will be telling us about what caused him to make the bold decision to start up alone, leave a job that he loved and throw himself into the unknown world of self-employment. He’ll also be covering all the highs and lows that he has experienced so far on the journey and what it has meant to him to build a strong team around him.

SeeThat is a creative video and animation production company focussing on online delivery. By utilising the power of online video, not just from an engagement point of view, but also from an SEO viewpoint, SeeThat have produced some remarkable results for a whole host of different organisations.

‘Good for the Planet, Good for Business?’ – Thursday 1st March
Panel session finale

Neil TomlinsonNeil Tomlinson, founder Just Drinking Water

Finding a simple, sustainable option for drinking water in the UK retail market drove Brighton-based entrepreneur Neil Tomlinson to launch the popular Aquapax brand in 2006, along with its parent company Just Drinking Water.

Prior to that, Neil was Director of Innovation and Growth at South East Water with 83 staff reporting to him but traditional structures didn’t suit him, as he explains:

“I spent my life climbing corporate ladders only to find that whenever I got high enough, the ladder was inevitably leaning against the wrong wall. Finally, I decided to build my own wall!’

Skye ConnellySkye Connelly, founder The Green Grocery

The Green Grocery founder Skye Connelly studied for an Environmental and Development BA at Sussex, graduating in 2003 and going on to work with global brands Ralph Lauren and Max Factor.

Life-changing events and a desire to create an environmentally-considerate business producing organic products led to the formation of The Green Grocery in 2009.

The Green Grocery is a small concern based in Battle, using traditional small batch production methods combined with scientific research, high quality ingredients and unique recipes.

Skye’s beauty and skincare products are handmade, 100% organic and beautifully presented in recyclable packaging.  Sales are via independents stores across the world, and online.

Benjamin Disney, co-founder Caydoo.com

Ben DisneyCaydoo.com (pronounced Kee-Doo) connects sustainably‐minded™ peers, groups, and companies with each other and their communities. The Caydoo network will allow parties to connect with sustainable persons, events and information, fostering a proliferation of knowledge and shared experience, bringing increased environmental stewardship and better living.

Ben hails originally from Melbourne, Australia.  He has been living in the UK for over seven years, working in management for a variety of small businesses in the hospitality and interior design sectors.  He has always been an advocate for sustainable living and has wanted to own and operate his own business for many years.

** Save the Date** 10 May – Enterprise Grand Celebration

An inspirational Keynote Speaker and a celebration of the achievements of some of our most enterprising students in this ‘supersized’ Enterprise Thursday


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