We end this series with Vanessa O’Shea, another University of Brighton alumna and author of the book ‘Shaping your Workplace Culture: A practical guide’. Vanessa joins us to discuss how to create a healthy culture in your startup from day one, avoiding the kinds of problems that impact morale, performance and, ultimately, organisational success. Vanessa can be found at Culture Shapers. beepurple is the University of Brighton's entrepreneurship support service.
Kelvin Newman joins us for episode five to talk about the rise of legendary digital marketing conference Brighton SEO. This free event runs twice a year in 5,000-capacity Brighton Centre, but famously started in a room above a pub in the city centre. Kelvin shares his journey and explains the business model that has enabled his team to grow what is perhaps the biggest search engine optimisation event in the world. beepurple is the University of Brighton's entrepreneurship support service.
Rosie Sherry of Brighton-based Ministry of Testing is the guest in episode four, explaining how she built a software testing community that has become a £1m revenue business in a little over ten years. Rosie’s success has been achieved while juggling, with her partner, the responsibilities of home-schooling her children. beepurple is the University of Brighton's entrepreneurship support service.
Lancia Consult's Group Managing Director Jeff Cronkshaw joins us in episode three to share his founder story. Jeff is another Brighton graduate who built his own business after several years in industry, in this case working for Fortune Global 500 company Accenture. Lancia Consult is a multinational IT consultancy with staff in Singapore, Hamburg, Hong Kong and the UK. Discover how he made the leap and the lessons he has learned so far, on everything from leadership to recruitment. beepurple is the University of Brighton's entrepreneurship support service.
In episode two of Founder Chats with beepurple we meet Kerry Watkins, a social media business expert and founder of training company Social Brighton. Kerry is a University of Brighton alumnus who spent 20 years working in the hospitality industry before going it alone. She now helps big brands use social media for maximum results with bespoke, cost-effective strategies. Kerry employs an experienced team of social media strategists, consultants and trainers to help deliver training and talks to us about how she’s grown since starting up. beepurple is the University of Brighton's entrepreneurship support service.
First up in this new series of Founder Chats from beepurple, the University of Brighton's entrepreneurship support service, is Darren Fell of Crunch Accounting. In 2000, having already had success with his email marketing startup Pure360, entrepreneur Darren Fell created a fairly priced, all-inclusive accountancy service for freelancers, contractors and small businesses. It united easy-to-use software with unlimited in-house support. Today Crunch is a top 100 accountancy firm and employs over 140 people from its headquarters in Brighton.