PLATF9RM Ideas Café Hosted By Happy Start-Up School
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

PLATF9RM Ideas Café Hosted By Happy Start-Up School

Hosted by the founders of the Happy Startup School, Laurence and Carlos, the purpose of Ideas Café is to connect likeminded entrepreneurs and experts, forge new friendships and share knowledge. Some of you may gain a new insight, some of you may solve a problem but everyone will leave feeling energised and inspired to make things happen.

Using the Lean Coffee format we help everyone who attends to participate in discussions that mean something to them and where they feel they can lend their expertise and/or experience. You will be split into groups of 6 to 8 (depending on attendance) and each group will have a facilitator to guide them through the discussions. It's fast paced, participatory and driven by the passion of the group.

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PLATF9RM Physical: Walkshop with Unknown Epic
Mar
6
8:00 AM08:00

PLATF9RM Physical: Walkshop with Unknown Epic

Each month Kim from Unknown Epic will be leading a small group of PLATF9RM members on an early morning breakfast walk to help us unplug, make ideas become clearer and our connections stronger.

Starting at 8am from secret locations, we'll be exploring a different route though the area of outstanding natural beauty that surrounds our city each month (co-ordinates revealed a few days before, all will be within 15 mins of Tower Point).

It will be two hours of walking, talking, fresh coffee and a light breakfast surrounded by nature while gazing back at our city with a fresh perspective.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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PLATF9RM Wonder Women Breakfast
Mar
8
9:00 AM09:00

PLATF9RM Wonder Women Breakfast

Each one of us has been inspired by women. So come celebrate International Women’s Day with a breakfast hailing the most important ladies in our members’ lives.

We’re asking attendees to bring a picture of the woman that’s inspired them most; it might be your mum, your teacher, your favourite author, a boss, a politician, a celebrity…

Come along, get fed, and let’s have a natter about why these women are so gr8!

(FYI: This is a VERY inclusive event. Guys– we want to hear about your fave lasses too.)

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Supper With... Toby Cackett & Ryan Hunt
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Supper With... Toby Cackett & Ryan Hunt

We’ve started hosting supper-clubs on Floor 5 & 6 and hooooo boy, they’ve been all sorts of fantastical.

The latest is hosted by Toby Cackett and Ryan Hunt. Both cut their teeth working at Silo, and are passionate about sustainable food that’ll make your tastebuds thank you in the morning.

The meal will be five vegetarian courses (each course will have a vegan option too) and you can expect the kind of culinary imagination and creativity that two ex-Silo heads would cook up.

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Be A Star @ GDPR
Mar
14
9:30 AM09:30

Be A Star @ GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May. It will affect every business in the UK…but are you prepared for it?

If your answer is no – or if you don’t know what GDPR even is – do not fear! Come join us for a special session with three PLATF9RM experts. They will demystify the process and help you create an action plan to make you GDPR compliant and stress-free with time to spare.

Speakers:

Samantha OakleySO Law

Samantha offers a professional, practical and friendly approach to legal solutions for a range of businesses. Forget the legal mumbo-jumbo and the lawyer’s aloof attitude, Samantha takes the straight-talking, friendly approach to simplify the GDPR process. She will be doing an overview of the key provisions in GDPR that relate to small businesses, including why they apply to everyone (and not just marketing companies and big businesses).

Natalie Rockall – Freelance email marketing consultant

Natalie helps businesses of all sizes boost their email marketing results, from start-ups to huge companies looking to improve those all-important conversion rates. She has over 14 years’ marketing experience with companies like MORE TH>N Insurance, EDF Energy and The Body Shop, and she’s a member of the DMA Email Council. Natalie will be telling us what we can and can’t do with our emails once GDPR begins, and cover data collection, data storage, and sending email campaigns.

Daniel McNaught and Michelle TaylorInvona

Daniel is a keen IT generalist with 20 years’ experience supporting many organisations. He worked for IBM before launching his own company, Invona, in 2013. Since then, Invona have become renowned for their people-first attitude and for guiding us mortals through the minefield of IT solutions. Michelle Taylor is Invona’s IT and business co-ordinator; she’s there to bridge the gap and helping us understand the tech jargon. They will guide us through GDPR from an IT perspective, and provide some straightforward actions to ensure we’re all compliant.

Please ring buzzer 21 and take the lift to floor 5. For any more help with directions see our website.

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PLATF9RM Social: Easter Sp-egg-tacular
Mar
29
5:30 PM17:30

PLATF9RM Social: Easter Sp-egg-tacular

Come hither into the land of eggs. For March’s Social we’re going full Easter submersion and will be doing egg-painting, egg-hunts, egg-throwing (one of these is not strictly true) and all the other normal nibbles and drinks.

It will also be our first Social at Hove Town Hall which is VERY exciting and not before time. Let’s christen the fancy gal in style.

See you there! 🥚 🐣 🐤

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PLATF9RM Social: Plucky Voice
Feb
22
5:30 PM17:30

PLATF9RM Social: Plucky Voice

Unleash your inner Tay-Tay or Toto with our Singstar Social. Oh yes, there’s no surer way to make yourself known to your fellow coworkers than by belting out your best/worst version of ‘Africa’.

As well as karaoke there’ll be face-painting and the photo booth and a load of other things we’ll panic about a couple of days before. Be there or be a Singstar SQUARE.

Invitation Only

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Virgin Start Up - Screw It, Just Do It! How To Scale
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Virgin Start Up - Screw It, Just Do It! How To Scale

Want to start a business in 2018? This event is for you. Xero has scaled from a small three person startup in 2009 with annual revenues of £50k, to now having over one million subscribers, and being valued at £1.4 billion.

Fancy some of that growth? This event is for you.

If you want to scale your business in 2018, join Virgin StartUp's regional delivery partner StartUpU as we host two successful entrepreneurs as they reveal how they started and scaled their business and give tips on how you can start yours.

Members & Non-Members Welcome

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PLATF9RM Drinks: Bison Beer Presents FeBREWary
Feb
2
4:00 PM16:00

PLATF9RM Drinks: Bison Beer Presents FeBREWary

Our new neighbours and resident co-workers, Bison Beer, are here to stay in Hove, actually. If January was all about detoxing then February signals the time to start retoxing. The boys will be on hand with growlers full of fresh beer to give us a taste of what’s happening at their new bar a few doors down. Whet your whistle on some of their own brews and a selection of the best of the rest from the local brewing scene before heading to 57 Church Road for Beer O’clock this Friday.

Don’t forget PLATF9RM members get 10% off purchases to have in and takeaway simply by presenting their membership at the bar.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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PLATF9RM Power & Politics: Peter Kyle @ Hove Town Hall
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

PLATF9RM Power & Politics: Peter Kyle @ Hove Town Hall

Peter Kyle is the current MP for Hove and Portslade, and we’re genuinely chuffed to have him speak at Hove Town Hall.

Peter is a true local boy. Born in West Sussex, he moved to Brighton in 1996 and attended Sussex University. Here he gained a doctorate in community development, the seeds from which his future career as a Labour MP were sewn.

Before taking office in 2015, he co-founded the video production company Fat Sand. He also worked as an aid worker in Eastern Europe and was appointed chief executive of Working For Youth, a business-led initiative that tackles UK youth unemployment.

He’ll be reflecting on these, his personal story, and the numerous roles he’s inhabited within parliament during this hour-long talk about his life. We can’t wait!

We have the delicious Bagelman, generously providing Bagels for this event, we hear they are a favourite of Peter's.

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PLATF9RM Ideas Café Hosted By Happy Start-Up School
Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

PLATF9RM Ideas Café Hosted By Happy Start-Up School

Hosted by the founders of the Happy Startup School, Laurence and Carlos, the purpose of Ideas Café is to connect likeminded entrepreneurs and experts, forge new friendships and share knowledge. Some of you may gain a new insight, some of you may solve a problem but everyone will leave feeling energised and inspired to make things happen.

Using the Lean Coffee format we help everyone who attends to participate in discussions that mean something to them and where they feel they can lend their expertise and/or experience. You will be split into groups of 6 to 8 (depending on attendance) and each group will have a facilitator to guide them through the discussions. It's fast paced, participatory and driven by the passion of the group.

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PLATF9RM Physical: Walkshop with Unknown Epic
Jan
30
8:00 AM08:00

PLATF9RM Physical: Walkshop with Unknown Epic

Each month Kim from Unknown Epic will be leading a small group of PLATF9RM members on an early morning breakfast walk to help us unplug, make ideas become clearer and our connections stronger.

Starting at 8am from secret locations, we'll be exploring a different route though the area of outstanding natural beauty that surrounds our city each month (co-ordinates revealed a few days before, all will be within 15 mins of Tower Point).

It will be two hours of walking, talking, fresh coffee and a light breakfast surrounded by nature while gazing back at our city with a fresh perspective.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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The first WordUp of 2018 - Gutenberg and Security Talks
Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

The first WordUp of 2018 - Gutenberg and Security Talks

Join us for the first WordUp Meetup of 2018.

Speakers:

Tammie Lister will be making a return to Brighton to talk about the current hot topic in the WP community: Gutenberg

Dave Potter will then be giving a talk on security. We'll have plenty of time for pizza, drinks and chatting all things WordPress before heading to the pub.

Agenda:

18:30 - Welcome drinks

19:00 - Gutenburg with Tammie Lister

19:45 - Security with Dave Potter

20:15 - Pizza, drinks and networking

21:00 - Pub

Please ring buzzer 21 and take the lift to floor 6

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PLATF9RM Social: Board of January
Jan
25
5:00 PM17:00

PLATF9RM Social: Board of January

We’re ringing in the end of January with another Social! Whereas our last two Socials of 2017 were brilliantly hectic affairs, for this we’re getting cozy and indulging our love of BOARD GAMES. So expect Giant Jenga, Scrabble, Risk, Cards Against Humanity and all of your faves. Please also bring your own: we want to see all those weird and wonderful games you and your family play at Christmas.

You can expect the same food and drinks sitch you’re used to, though we’ll be brewing some hot chocolate for the Dry January crew (and maybe some Irish coffees for the boozy bunch). LET THE BATTLE COMMENCE!

Invitation only.

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Virgin Start Up - How To Start A Business In 2018
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Virgin Start Up - How To Start A Business In 2018

Want to start a business in 2018? This event is for you. Join StartUp U as we host Candy Kittens founders Jamie Laing and Ed WIlliams as they reveal how they started their businesses and give tips on how you can start yours.

The fact is 2018 is the best time there has ever been to start your own business. You can do it faster than ever, for as cheap as ever with more support around to help you than ever before.

This event will focus on how you can take advantage of this opportunity. We'll be looking at everything from how to fund your business idea, how to validate your business idea, how to attract your first customers and finally what steps you need to complete to hit that launch button.

Open to members and non-members

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Cereal* Filler
Jan
16
10:00 AM10:00

Cereal* Filler

Join us every month for breakfast and quick-fire talks from PLATF9RM members.

Whether it’s sea swimming, llama-rearing, futurism or branding in the 21st century, 3 members will have 3 minutes each to present on a topic of their choice. 9 minutes total!

No matter what your passion or niche, these breakfasts will give you the chance to meet other members and maybe learn a new thing or two. And all before midday!

*Cereal will be provided.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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PLATF9RM Presents : Michael Bremner - 64 Degrees of Britishness
Dec
19
5:00 PM17:00

PLATF9RM Presents : Michael Bremner - 64 Degrees of Britishness

This isn’t strictly happening in November, but it’s around Xmas so we’re giving plenty of notice for the sake of your diaries.



Michael Bremner is Brighton’s best known chef and will be coming to PLATF9RM to tell his story. You might know him as the owner of 64 Degrees and Murmur, or as a two-times finalist on The Great British Menu, but his is a tale of a life lived through food. We’re chuffed to have him down, especially during the peak Christmas season, and it promises to be a evening of revelations and salivations. 



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PLATF9RM Christmas Social
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

PLATF9RM Christmas Social

The last social before we hit 2018 and it's promised to be a festive get together before everyone puts their feet up for the Christmas holidays. Think gluhwein (that's mulled wine), wreaths and a different take on Secret Santa/

More details to be announced.

Invitation only.

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Cereal* Filler
Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

Cereal* Filler

Join us every month for breakfast and quick-fire talks from PLATF9RM members.

Whether it’s sea swimming, llama-rearing, futurism or branding in the 21st century, 3 members will have 3 minutes each to present on a topic of their choice. 9 minutes total!

No matter what your passion or niche, these breakfasts will give you the chance to meet other members and maybe learn a new thing or two. And all before midday!

*Cereal will be provided.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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Bluebird Christmas Tea Tasting
Dec
4
10:00 AM10:00

Bluebird Christmas Tea Tasting

Festive drinks doesn’t have to mean mulled wine or Buck’s Fizz! We’re delighted to welcome Bluebird to Hove Town Hall for a morning of Christmas tea blends. Our favourite tea wizards will also bring mince pies and festive snacks, plus gifts so you can get a jump on that Christmas shopping.


See you there!

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PLATF9RM Social: Happy 1st Birthday To Us
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

PLATF9RM Social: Happy 1st Birthday To Us

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday to u-uuuuuuuuuuuuuss, happy birthday to us!

Yes yes, PLATF9RM is approaching its first birthday and we’re going to celebrate in true old school party style. Think games, birthday cake, jelly (with vodka in it, obvs)… it’ll be like all the best parties of your childhood, except more boozy and with absolutely no crying kids.

We'll be up on Floor 6, so come hang with us! You don’t even have to bring a present

Invitation only.

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Modern Brighton and Hove
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Modern Brighton and Hove

Earlier this year Modern Brighton and Hove launched a map of Brighton & Hove's Modern Architecture and ever since we've been asked the question "Why didn't you include this building?" and "What's that one doing in the map?". Join us on 29th November at PLATF9RM inside Hove Town Hall for a lively evening of discussion around the buidlings included and those that weren't.

Before the discussion (panelists TBA), there will also be a series of short talks on some of Brighton's less considered architecture from Alf Le Floic (who is currently researching a book on Brighton's architectural follies), photographer Rob Ochard (who spent a year documenting every pub in the city), fellow photographer Kevin Meredith (who gained incredible access to the construction of the i360) and designer Claire Potter (who transformed a former public toilet in Hove into her studio).

Open to members and non-members

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Virgin Start Up - How to Build (And Keep) A Team
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Virgin Start Up - How to Build (And Keep) A Team

Any successful business lives or dies by the people it employs and the team it builds. We spend so much of our professional life at work it’s crucial that, as early- stage business owners, we not only find ways to create a productive and inspiring environment but also nurture and develop our teams so they blossom and remain loyal.

But finding and hiring the right talent and keeping them is a very real challenge that can profoundly affect your businesses chance of success. So, if you are a solopreneur looking to make your first hire or a larger business trying to scale your team for growth, this is definitely the talk for you.

Open to members and non-members

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PLATF9RM Presents : How To Build A Community That People Love
Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

PLATF9RM Presents : How To Build A Community That People Love

Meaning is an annual Brighton conference that explores how business can shape the future of a troubled planet. Through a series of talks, workshops and fringe events it’ll be knocking together the best business minds from across the world.

We’re delighted to hold a Meaning Fringe event on Floor 5, with a panel of inspirational speakers comprising of Jenni Lloyd of PurposeLab, Laurence McCahill and Carlos Saba of The Happy Startup School, and Lizzie Hodgson of ThinkNation.

Each has been at the helm of a progressive operation and they’ll be exploring what community is, why it's so important in business, and discussing how Brighton can innovate harder than the rest. Each speaker will share their story and then the floor will be open for a Q + A. It promises to be an awesome evening and we hope to see you there!

Open to members and non-members

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PLATF9RM : How To Run Workshop
Nov
14
12:30 PM12:30

PLATF9RM : How To Run Workshop

Did you know that the way that you swing your arms or hold your head as you run could contribute or prevent you getting injured as you run? Moreover, if you get your technique right – and it does take practise – you could improve your pace, particularly over long distance events of half marathon and above.

If you want to learn how you could improve your running technique to prevent injury and improve your speed, join us for this special PLATF9RM workshop with Rachael Woolston, founder of www.girlsruntheworld.co.uk

Working in pairs, you’ll video each other and we’ll then go over your videos so that you can assess your own style. Seeing firsthand how you run is one of the most effective ways of ensuring you make changes.

Rachael has coached and mentored hundreds of runners from beginners through to marathon in the last nine years. When she's not running or coaching or mentoring, she's writing about running and fitness for the national media or creating digital content for for brands.

Please bring a phone to video yourselves and the event is weather dependant.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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Cereal* Filler
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Cereal* Filler

Join us every month for breakfast and quick-fire talks from PLATF9RM members.

Whether it’s sea swimming, llama-rearing, futurism or branding in the 21st century, 3 members will have 3 minutes each to present on a topic of their choice. 9 minutes total!

No matter what your passion or niche, these breakfasts will give you the chance to meet other members and maybe learn a new thing or two. And all before midday!

*Cereal will be provided.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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WordUp Brighton
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

WordUp Brighton

WordUp Brighton is a monthly WordPress meetup which takes place on the last Monday of every month. As an open source platform, WordPress relies on contributions from professionals, users and hobbyists alike, and anyone interested in WordPress is encouraged to come along. This is a great opportunity to learn, exchange knowledge and discuss ideas in a safe and inclusive environment.

After the meetup, we carry on the conversation and networking at a local pub.

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PLATF9RM Spooktacular Social
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

PLATF9RM Spooktacular Social

After the brain-tweezing success of our September ‘Let’s Get Quizzical’ Social, October sees us embracing Halloween in spooktacular style. It’s fancy dress, obviously. We want to see you in your freakiest outfits and we’ll be giving out a prize for best costume.

There’ll be mini pumpkin carving, face painting and potion-inspired drinks. We’ll probably end up in The Pond afterwards, assuming they don’t kick us out for being too gruuuuuuesome.

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Virgin Start Up - How To Tell (Sell) Your Story
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Virgin Start Up - How To Tell (Sell) Your Story

“The greatest tool of communication given to us by Mother Nature is the power of storytelling. And telling is selling!”

So what does storytelling have to do with your business? Everything. If you can’t convey a story then your products or services are not going to appeal to your audience. Our brains value stories over anything else.

Having a great business idea alone is no longer enough. People now want to know the story behind the business, what it stands for, why they should care and why they should buy it. It’s why so many of the most successful new businesses are putting story telling front and centre of what they do.

Join us at PLATF9RM on Thursday 19 October where we will have an amazing selection of guest speakers sharing their invaluable experiences and knowledge that will help you tell your story so people listen and sell your product so people will buy!

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Cereal* Filler
Oct
10
10:00 AM10:00

Cereal* Filler

Join us every month for breakfast and quick-fire talks from PLATF9RM members.

Whether it’s sea swimming, llama-rearing, futurism or branding in the 21st century, 3 members will have 3 minutes each to present on a topic of their choice. 9 minutes total!

No matter what your passion or niche, these breakfasts will give you the chance to meet other members and maybe learn a new thing or two. And all before midday!

*Cereal will be provided.

PLATF9RM Members Only

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