Eastbourne DigiFest: Celebrating all that’s digital in East Sussex
We attended the first annual Eastbourne DigiFest on Friday 22nd September, and joined in the festivities finding out all that Eastbourne has to offer, and celebrated how the digital sphere in the town has come on leaps and bounds in recent years.
In attendance were local MP’s, some of the towns most prominent and innovative businesses, and local people who are thinking about changing to or starting a career in digital.
DigiFest, held at the Welcome Building in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Quarter, is an all-day event hosting exhibitions from businesses and local organisations, speakers and workshops on current topics on everything from available support, sustainable marketing, website best practice and more.
Put together by Chalk Eastbourne, a local community for the digital sector, DigiFest is part of a wider initiative to change the perception of Eastbourne – showcasing innovative and game-changing local businesses, entrepreneurs, and supporting young talent.
Exhibitors at this years DigiFest included:
- Bexhill 6th Form College
- Birchwood Group
- Bluebell Marketing
- Calibre Marketing
- DV8 Sussex
- East Sussex College
- Kurt J Lesker
- PRG Marketing Communications
- Pearce Marketing
- And more!
Brett Pearson, Director of Services for Locate East Sussex, spoke on the main stage in The Shackleton Hall on the support to businesses in East Sussex and how Locate East Sussex is an available resource to any and all creative businesses in the county looking to scale up or relocate. His talk followed on from Phil Jones, Wired Sussex, who presented the findings of our recent Creative, Digital and Technology Sector report and explained its implications for the future of the Creative and Digital sector in Eastbourne and wider Sussex.
The Locate East Sussex teams attended several of the bitesize talks on offer throughout the day, which covered a wide span of topics ranging from recruitment and AI, to the power of community and mindset.
There was also a well attended session from Adam at PRG Marketing Communications on sustainable marketing and communicating your business’ efforts to your customers – a hot topic on the mind of many businesses in the current climate, and included thought provoking content on why its important that even small enterprises make a change.
Another workshop on offer was from Fiona, owner of FAT Promotions, a web and design specialist based in Hastings. The topic was creating websites that truly served customers and elevated business success – and showed participants the importance of a well functioning and user-experience optimised website.