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INF9RMER #7

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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.


Cocoa Loco, The Silent Disco and a Brighton PR Pro


With Halloween around the corner, we this month welcome Amy Gibson to the INF9RMER as she promotes Pier 2 Pier's Beach Hallow-clean. With chocolate surprises and PR wins, PLATF9RM are once again showing their strengths.


Brighton's been finding it's feet as local designers prepare to take to the street as part of Design Brighton's 2019 October festival, brought to us by Frazer Stokes. Sophie Wilson of Tuesday Media shouted from the rooftops about their phenomenal achievement, a great win for a startup PR agency only 9 months old.

Our Social Media prayers were answered with the introduction of ContentCal into this month's edition, with Noel Agyei letting everyone know about their exciting Partnership Program. Ghouls and gals at the ready, Amy Gibson is offering out the Silent Disco headphones once again for October's Halloween Beach Clean!

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With Cocoa tasty enough to send anyone Loco, Nigel Lambe treated us all to the knowledge that not only are his decadent treats available online, but can also be found down at Infinity Foods! The gang over at Escape The City have been reassuring people that it may not ever be the perfect time for a change of career; but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the wrong move - and they are here to help.

Reaching all Nine of your Lives, Cat Duval of Nine Lives Yoga has downward doggy dipped some information about her unique yoga experiences into this month's INF9RMER - so get twisting those hips! PALA Eyewear have released their first recycled acetate frame, and you all know how stunning John Pritchard's glasses can be. Finally we finished off with a new recruit to Hove's office inhabitants, Redtangle - welcome Wesley to the PLATF9RM Community!


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 September then contact Membership Assistant Matt.

Member of the Week - Natalie Rockall

Introducing Natalie Rockall, freelance email marketing specialist and cinephile, who's longing to travel.


Hi Natalie! Can you tell us a little about yourself and Eleven11 Digital?

I'm a freelance email marketing specialist. I've lived in Hove for 6 years and I've been a member of PLATF9RM Hove since it opened. Oh... and I'm also an email geek!


What does being an email marketing specialist involve?

I help blue chip companies and small independent business owners boost their results from their email marketing. I do a mixture of contract work and project work across the UK and have a couple of clients abroad. I love training people in email marketing and helping them reach their goal quicker, easier, and with less stress.


I'm going to ask a really obvious question... How did GDPR effect you?

There was a massive amount of interest and fear around GDPR. I did a talk at Tower point with some other members to a full room so it was obviously really important for the PLATF9RM community. I spent a couple of months working on a dedicated basis with one client to work through their GDPR preparations. That was a really in-depth project. It was such a busy time that post 25th May I booked in a much needed post GDPR holiday!

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So who are you away from work?

Sadly I do still live and breath emails. I am an email geek. Outside of email, I love the cinema, I have a Cineworld membership so I go all the time. I really enjoy travelling which I want to do more and more of that now that I'm freelance.

When setting up my business I knew I needed freedom, flexibility and variety so I knew the freelance way of working would suit me down to the ground. As long as I have my laptop and wifi I can work anywhere. I did a test run in my friend's Spanish villa in the mountains and it worked a treat!


So what's coming up next for you in the world of email marketing?

I'm delivering some training for Econsultancy, judging at the Dotmailer Dotties Email Marketing Awards in October and I'm working on creating an online course for email marketing so people can take the opportunity to learn the in's and out's of email in their own time. Watch this space! Email is always changing (the technology side particularly) so I'm always looking for new ways to help people.


Tell us more about your love of travelling - where's your favourite place?

My favourite place that I've been to so far has to be the Maldives - a friend worked in the travel industry and got me an amazing deal through work. We were very fortunate to stay in a water bungalow right over the sea. Next on the wish list is to go to Japan - I've been looking at tours which go around spring time so you can see the amazing cherry blossom. My go-to destination is Barcelona, I try to go there a couple of times per year because I feel it's my second home.


Where do you get inspiration from?

If i'm looking for inspiration and to get my creative juices going there is nothing worse than staring at a blank screen at the desk in my lounge so I get myself out of the house and to the beach in Hove, or a cafe to people watch or of course to PLATF9RM! I love to mix up my work with where I feel like being on that day - this freedom to change things up means things stay energised and fresh.


Do you have a special memory from childhood you'd like to share?

So my favourite thing for my friends and I to do was to set up shop outside my house. We'd sell our old toys, biscuits (that we'd nabbed from home) and 'perfume' which was really just water with flowers stuffed in it. It's probably the start of my entrepreneurial journey.


What drew you to PLATF9RM?

I thought I wanted to work from home, but when I started to do that I realised I miss being around people and that I actually get quite a lot of energy from being around like minded people. I knew PLATF9RM Hove was opening so I waited to come along for a trial and loved it from day one! There are dogs, lots of tea and lots of people I've meet who've become friends and who I've actually done work for. It's a great source of business for me and for inspiration and new ideas.

I'm also lucky to be part of the community and to work with PLATF9RM on their email marketing and business plans. It's such an interesting business to have a bit of sight behind the scenes!


Now for the serious question: who's your favourite dog?

KIPPER!! But they are all soooo cute. I do get withdrawal symptoms when I'm not in for a few days.


Thank you Natalie!

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

Member Of The Week - Cleo Barbour

This week we chat to PLATF9RM member Cleo Barbour, a fashion guru turned digital artist.

Hi Cleo! You’re a lady of many trades: design, illustration, photography, and all through a colourful lens. Could you tell us a bit more about what you make and who your clients are?

It’s all quite new to me, I used to be a shoe designer. Now I do colourful digital illustrations which become prints and artwork. Half the work I do at PLATF9RM is digital, it’s how I design most things. Once I’ve printed it, I will then hand embellish them, which will be a clean design.

I transform digital into artworks with extra-special embellishments, which I keep accessible and affordable. I love embroidery, machine, hand and stitching. So this way I can combine my passions.

I also carry out commissions - my current is for a ladies stables, which is like an art deco landscape with horses on.


You have a unique style, colourful, playful and striking. What drew you to creating in this way?

I previously had my own shoe design company, so built up a signature style through that. Now I apply it to everything I do, signature colours and finishes recognisable as mine. People recognise it now, even after I’ve moved into another area creatively and it’s really useful to have built that up, it’s like a brand in a way. I've been really into colour and art from a very young age. I would go round and visit artists with my parents; the art was always really colourful, so I was influenced by that. I am also inspired by interior designers, so there's been a lot of things along the way.


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As mentioned, you’re a lady of many trades, which came first?

I’d wanted to be a shoe designer since I was 16, so I went and studied footwear design and then created my company when I was 23. I also did loads of apprenticeships and stuff. It’s fair to say shoes were life until I was 29/30. However, I decided there were better, or more, things in life and I also wanted to get out of the fashion industry. I just didn’t feel like it’s values aligned with me anymore, so that’s how I began my art.


What was it that drew you to PLATF9RM? Has it lived up to expectations?

It’s the community aspect, being part of something, that’s the biggest thing… People, basically. I’ve worked at home alone a lot, and until recently I’d been working in a studio where there’s two of us, which felt too isolated. It’s nice to be around people doing things, it’s what I miss about London. And that’s what PLATF9RM is all about, combining a social-life with work-life. Plus there’s the fact that you love dogs here!


We’ve got loads of events at PLATF9RM, are there any that have caught your eye?

The Walkshop was fabulous and even included fresh coffee cooked up on top of the South Downs. I also got to meet some other PLATF9RM characters who I look forward to working with on future projects.


What has been your greatest adventure to date?

I went travelling on my own last year, around Australia the Cook Islands and Bali. I drove down the Great Ocean Road on my own, which was really good. I also went to Lagoon Island on my own and it was really stormy, which was pretty scary... I thought I was going to get wiped out by a typhoon!


If we were to catch you bedroom dancing, what would you be dancing to?

Spice Girls and the Pet Shop Boys, I’ve been listening to synth pop a lot recently…


Which of the Spice Girls do most closely relate to?

Probably Posh Spice, definitely not scary. I don’t wanna be posh though, so maybe baby, but i’m not innocent enough. I’ve secretly been Posh for a while though. On the end of school trip age 11, the boys performed as a boy band, and the girls performed as the Spice Girls and I was Posh.


Thanks Cleo!

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

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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.


Berlin Beats, Bison Eats and Holiday Retreats


September came through strong, with Bison Beer X Humble Plates food you can't go wrong. With brand new ski resorts and events of all sorts, take a gander into this month's INF9RMER.


With smiles and green concotions, OMGTea starts this months production, helping us indulge into Matcha Green Tea's health-kick secrets. Berlin-Brighton beats emanating through The North Laines, Markus Saarländer informs us on the upcoming techno night with EINMUSIK and the growing interest it gains. Next up was Lauren Pope and her fascinating upcoming event the Curio Conference, building up the well deserved curiosity.

This week beloved member Maddy, stepped into the limelight, her recently freelance Graphic Designs skills on offer, she gave us an insight. Bison Beer and Humble Plates have started cooking up a storm, their new lunch menu burgers I can tell you are on top form.

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The travel guru himself, Jesse Sharp the Travel Councellor, is offering 10% off travel over September, and will fly you off to somewhere spectacular. Altitude Ski and Snowboard school this month open their doors, to not their first, not their second but their third resort Gstaad, all equally as exciting as the last of course.

Fiona Bugler has brought Driven Women all the way down from London to Brighton, so the women of the south can rejoice in a supportive energetic event, of which the mind it will strengthen and enlighten. The School of the Wild's September event will yep, you guess it, be out in the Sussex countryside, networking, story-telling and all whilst helping the Green economy thrive!


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 September then contact Membership Assistant Matt.