Supporting local East Sussex companies to grow their business

Fine Marketing is proud to be one of the specialists delivering a range of business support to East Sussex companies. Under the direction of Digital Islands, run by Gavin McWhirter, we are working with start-ups, early-stage and established small and medium-sized companies who are looking to grow their business. 

The project which falls under the South East Business Boost, East Sussex, has a range of specialists which includes HR, Leadership, Marketing, Digital, Sales, Web Design, Branding, Design, Exporting, Finance, Product Development, Sales and Crowdfunding.

Businesses in East Sussex

If you run a business in East Sussex and are looking at ways to grow but do not have the business knowledge to reach the next step, we have three programmes.

Ready to grow

This is for companies in the first few years of trading who may need advice and information across a range of subjects.

Big Ambitions

This programme is for ambitious companies who are focused and ready to grow their business over the next few years.


Breakthrough is a programme for businesses that haven’t engaged with support before.

The challenges of running a business

Free business support is available from experienced business specialists who want to help you take your business to the next level. We know what the challenges are – our experts run their own businesses and their support could make a world of difference to yours.

The programmes are fully funded, and especially in the current climate of change, the opportunities to gain new skills and learn from experienced professionals is one not to be missed. They include:

  • What do you need to know to run your business?
  • Your business growth plan 
  • An introduction to marketing
  • The importance of understanding costs & margins 
  • Creating a great website
  • Key Steps in creating a results-focused marketing plan
  • Recruiting and retaining great people 
  • Delivering high impact products that the customer wants, needs or is asking for
  • Creating a brand that stands out from the crowd
  • Creating a sustainable, repeatable sales process

In addition, there is a range of Masterclasses available to any business on the programme that would like to sign up. 

As part of this programme, you can fill in a Business Strategy Assessment which is a toolkit that generates an individual report for your business. Please watch the South-East Business Boost Video to find out more. 

Feedback received from today’s Intro to Marketing Workshop

Many thanks for such a great session today, and for the attachments. I found the PESO framework (which was new to me) really helpful in becoming more focussed on where to spend my time and energy, but I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that by far the most important piece of information I’ve seen in a long time was the simple Persona template with the accompanying generation breakdown summaries. My target population is succinctly described (namely the Boomers), and I’ve got a few pointers now on how to reach & appeal to them. Thank you!

Dr Lorraine Gailey, Director, Hearing Partners.