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INF9RMER #10

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The INF9RMER Newsletter is matt-iculously crafted, lovingly nurtured, marinated in enthusiasm and cooked at 200℃ for 15 minutes, by PLATF9RM's Membership Assistant Matt. If you have any exciting upcoming projects within your company, would like to let everyone know how your business is progressing in some way, or have a future event coming up - then feel free to email Matt, drop him a message on Slack or come find him in person for a quick chat.


Screenwriting, Sustainable Beer and Sneak Peak Soirees


Starting the year off with some classy editions - January's INF9RMER kicked off with Rachael Taylor from The Jewellery Cut Live telling us all about their goal to improve the jewellery element during London Fashion Week. Next up we travelled far out of Brighton to hear from Mike Shreeve, Helix HR as he filled us in on the recent educational improvement mission he was involved in over in Ethopia.


Beer, beer... tasty beer - now I've got your attention, Chris Drummond from Good Things Brewing has announced that they are opening the world's first fully sustainable off-grid brewery in the next few weeks - exciting stuff! He's promised a trip up for PLATF9RM Members when all is up and running. Usually seen sauntering around PLATF9RM Hove with an amazingly colourful array of clothes, Rebecca Manley treated us to the inside scoop of her current work in progress, screenwriting for the BBC.

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With their main attribute hidden in the name of their Company, the Think Productive team are hosting a party celebrating their tenth anniversary, alongside the fifth anniversary of Founder Graham Allcott's best-selling book How to be a Productivity Ninja. Delving straight back in to the Den of the Dragons with January's INF9RMER, this month Hazel Reynolds from Gamely told us all What Happened Next following her trip into BBC's Dragons' Den.


Sophie Wilson and the Tuesday Media team celebrated a great first year along with an exciting array of new clients and PLATF9RM Hove welcomed Equal Experts with open arms, Hove's biggest office team to date. We finished off this year's opening INF9RMER with a sneak peak into Hove's Ground Floor, of which we are now arranging tours. If you would like to book in for a tour of the Ground Floor space, contact Jessica - exciting stuff!


Thank you to everyone who put in the time to offer news for this month's INF9RMER, if you have something you would like to include for February then contact Membership Assistant Matt.

INF9RMER #9

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The INF9RMER Newsletter is matt-iculously crafted, lovingly nurtured, marinated in enthusiasm and cooked at 200℃ for 15 minutes, by PLATF9RM's Membership Assistant Matt. If you have any exciting upcoming projects within your company, would like to let everyone know how your business is progressing in some way, or have a future event coming up - then feel free to email Matt, drop him a message on Slack or come find him in person for a quick chat.


Easy Tigers, Dragons' Den and Snail Spotting


Creative content strategist, freelance writer and all round boss-lady, Lana Burgess, is looking for speakers for Brighton Digital Women events in 2019. Yes/No Publishing have unveiled their political follow-ups to last year’s satirical sellout hits, this year includes Unofficial Annuals from the likes of both Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump. The PLATF9RM team's talented portrait photographer Emma Croman has given members an opportunity to get involved in her newest project VALID.


Brighton's beloved Matcha Tea company OMGTea told us all about Katherine Swift's experience on Dragon's Den. 23Digital treated us to a video they created for the Martlets Hospice Snail's in an attempt to help fundraise for their charity.

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Wildheart Media's content queen, Hannah Moss, has written an essential Christmas stocking filler for all the PLATF9RM yoga enthusiasts. The Pond gang along with Nick, Jack and Simon treated us to some insider information on their new set up over at Easy Tiger @ The Hampton, teasing us all with a sneak peak at the Indian Street Food they now have on offer.


Hove's PR wizards FUGU have ended 2018 on a bang by winning three awards at the South England PRide Awards this month and My Hotel finished off 2018's final INF9RMER with some extremely exciting PLATF9RM Member only discounts on rooms and at their hotel bar Merkaba.


Thank you to everyone who put in the time to offer news for this month's INF9RMER, if you have something you would like to include for January then contact Membership Assistant Matt.

Seb Royle's Letter to Members

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Hey everyone,

Welcome to my first PLATF9RM members letter.


One of my favourite things about PLATF9RM is the interest our members take in the business and I’m often asked about what I’m up to. Sadly, I don’t always have the time to answer as fully as I’d like, so the idea is I’ll address something happening in PLATF9RM, give a peek into the nuts and bolts of the business, and introduce some of our collaborators. We’d welcome any feedback you have, as we’d like this to be the first members letter of many!


For this first post we’re looking at Hove Town Hall: specifically the Ground Floor, which we started work on just over a month ago. For everyone in the PLATF9RM team this was a moment of deep excitement…and relief! I first saw the Ground Floor way back in April 2016, so it’s been a long journey for me. Back then it was an office for the Citizens Advice Bureau. It looked so different: a real old school office, with a suspended ceiling masking this huge, beautiful concrete shell. It reminded me of London’s Southbank, but in Hove. I loved it immediately.


The Ground Floor is going to herald a new chapter for PLATF9RM. It will combine coworking space for 200 people, meeting rooms, a lecture and event space for 120 people, with cafe, bar and supper club areas. Everything will, of course, be delivered in the PLATF9RM style that people expect. It’s going to complement our current space in the old Theatre in Hove Town Hall, and we’ll be able to use the outdoor area near the Juggler statue. It’s going to look dramatic and the fact it’s on the Ground Floor is important: it will connect us with the high street and Hove community in a way we haven’t been before.


Personally, I’m really excited about the chance to further regenerate Hove and Hove Town Hall. The high street can sometimes feel a little unloved and, though architecture fans will talk about the building as a Brutalist masterpiece, for many it’s perhaps a bit grey! We’re hoping that PLATF9RM – and its colourful members – will help change that perception.

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Photographs by Emma Croman

Photographs by Emma Croman

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We worked with Rich Brett of Hove based agency WeLikeToday for the design of the space. Rich has been involved with PLATF9RM since before we opened our first location in Brighton. He helped us conceive the brand and the unique design-led space people associate with PLATF9RM . We're also very happy to welcome honorary Brighton and Hove contractors S&G (they’re from Peterborough but we think of them as Brightonians!). They have built the majority of our spaces to date and Sean and his team are doing a great job.


There’s a long way to go with this build yet: we’re scheduled to open spring 2019 and no doubt there’ll be plenty of bumps between now and then. Personally, I feel like this project is taking me out of my comfort zone more than anything else I’ve done. But that’s what makes it so exciting! I am very lucky to have an amazing team at PLATF9RM who not only do a great job in their own right, but keep me focused and protect me when I need it. They are wonderful and I couldn’t do anything without them.


Thanks for reading,

Seb

Member of the Week - Gintare Matuzaite

Introducing Gintare Matuzaite; founder of Amberoot, seeker of sustainability and all round lovely lady.

 

You’re the creator of Amberoot, the sustainable and ethical online store for fashion and home, can you tell us a bit about the inception of Amberoot and your products?

I love nature and I come from quite an analytic background, so I looked into what areas are overlooked in terms of climate change and fashion really was; it’s one of the most polluting industries, really very unethical. I thought everyone should know, so that’s why we have both a blog as well as selling menswear, womenswear and homeware that's organic, fairtrade, ethical and environmentally friendly.


You previously worked in banking, how did you get from there to Amberoot?

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I studied business, after this I got into banking. I was changing between lots of roles and I felt a big lack of meaning; what was I contributing? So I decided to do something more meaningful.

I think with my background, analysing how things are and how they could be, I felt frustrated and I wanted to do better.

For example the largest source of plastic pollution in seas is from our synthetic clothing. Not many people now about it, so they don’t know what is better - mainly natural fabrics. Which is why we are all natural fabrics - no plastic.


Who sources your products?

Me! Ask me who does anything for Amberoot and that’s mainly the answer.


I’m aware that you’ve co-worked before, what, in your experience, makes PLATF9RM different?

I worked somewhere else in Brighton, but it wasn’t the same, I really like being here; mainly because of the staff, super welcoming and friendly. You have wonderful music, greenery and good people. The teas are wonderful and the space is cosy. I have no criticisms, everything is good!


Have you met any PLATF9RM pals yet?

You! And lots of other people - plus lots of dog friends.


Before coming to the UK, you spent time in Lithuania, the USA, Canada, Sweden and Denmark. Where has been your favourite place to live and why?

I really love Canada, they’re such friendly people and I learned a lot. In general it was such a lovely place. I love the UK, lots of friendly people and lots of opportunities.


Have you got any new year's resolutions?

Lots of plans, but no resolutions yet.


What’s your favourite book you’ve read this year?

What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming by Per Espen Stoknes and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans De Waal


If you want to be a member at our space, get in touch for a tour and trial