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Brighton business mentoring comes in with the Tide


A business mentoring project in Brighton has just launched with the support of new challenger bank, Tide.

The brainchild of Michelle Ovens MBE, Director of the popular ‘Small Business Saturday’ campaign, the scheme aims to help small business start-ups by linking them with experienced business people in the City.

Michelle, pictured centre right with Valentine Hutchings, Head of Community at Tide (right), has chosen Brighton as a pilot because of the sheer number of new businesses that form in the area and its vibrant entrepreneurial culture. “Businesses can discuss anything with their mentor from marketing to accounts, social media or staffing,” said Michelle. The scheme starts with a needs assessment to give focus to the conversation.

The launch event was held at the Vine Club on Vine Street in the North Laine area. An exciting new workspace members’ club, The Vine Club, officially opened its doors at the end of January.

The Club is owned and hosted by husband and wife team, Carl and Helen Rush (pictured left). Their businesses, ‘Crush Creative’ and illustration agency ‘Agency Rush’ occupy the floors above.

The Vine Club has a unique Brighton history. Most recently a kickboxing club, the Victorian building was originally home to a coffin making business - the ground floor space provided garaging for the horses when they came to collect the coffins.

Now Helen and Carl have redesigned the space, creating a sophisticated interior aesthetic, which certainly proved just perfect for the launch of this new business Mentoring Scheme.