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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.

Good Rebels and PLATF9RM’s Most Influential Of 2018

How do you measure influence?


Many rely on metrics like followers or engagement when quantifying the effectiveness of an online Influencer. But Good Rebels, the PLATF9RM-based digital and creative agency, take a simpler view.

“True influence is trust. The way you trust a friend telling you something at the kitchen table. That trust can then be used to drive action,” says Mark Ralphs, Partner at Good Rebels. “Think of each online person as a node; the bigger the node, the bigger their ability to connect people and make things happen.”

Take a popular music blogger. They can be the bridge between a community that includes fan, artist, record store, record label and venue, all of which leads to the music.

Brighton is blessed with an abundance of talented and trustworthy Influencers, so Good Rebels and PLATF9RM wanted to hail the city’s best. Here’s Brighton’s Most Influential for 2018. Follow them!

Food and drink

Foodie Eshé

Eshé is a food blogger, graphic designer and photographer, who’s been featured by Hairy Bikers. Her food blog is an insider's guide on where to eat across Brighton & Hove, with a focus on independent restaurants. If there’s a new joint opening in town, Eshé’s on the list.


 

The Graphic Foodie

The Graphic Foodie was launched in 2008 by Fran, a branding designer and freelance writer. Fran’s blog lists frequently updated Brighton restaurant reviews and news, along with family recipes from her Abruzzo region of Italy. Check out her ‘Best Of Brighton’ page for everything that’s good in town.


 

 

Digital

Rachel Finch

Rachel Finch is a director – along with PLATF9RM members Lana Burgess and Allegra Chapman – of Brighton Digital Women. They connect Brighton’s female digital workers and provide a nurturing, collaborative community. Rachel works at local agency Site Visibility and is an all-round champion of local ladies in those digital businesses that are still – for the moment – guy-dominated.


 

Tom Bourlet

Tom is a Brighton-based blogger and author of the e-book, The Spaghetti Traveller Guide On How To Blog: From Blogger To Brand. He started his Spaghetti Traveller blog five years ago and has been featured everywhere from Forbes to The Daily Mail. When Tom’s not chatting about his many travels he’s also the co-owner of DrinksPal: an app that lets users find the perfect bar, restaurant, coffee shop, or events venue.


 

Local politics

Caroline Lucas

No introduction necessary. Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, is the UK’s only Green Party MP and the perfect manifestation of our city’s progressive, caring attitude. A mum to two sons and general advocate of human and environmental rights, she’s a true local hero.


 

Peter Kyle

Peter Kyle is the Labour MP for Hove and Portslade and beloved by his constituents. With a past that includes a doctorate in community development to a spell working as an aid worker in the Balkans, he brings an unbiased social conscience to everything he does.


 

Artists and Makers

Lois O’Hara

Lois O’Hara is an artist and designer well-known for her fluorescent, wave-inspired artwork. You can see her designs and murals all over the city, from the seafront, to the venue Patterns, to an entire basketball court in Saunders Park.


 

Natalie Edge

Liverpool-born Natalie Edge is a Brighton-based blogger, artist and event designer. Her blog Nat’s Life gives a peek into the nuts and bolts of her life, whilst she’s also a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and mental health issues.

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