The Tech Resort CIC finally is launched – 10th July

Kestrel House, EastbourneMark Hadley, Managing Director of Isis Environmental has been involved from the start with the great team of Eastbourne-based expertise that underpins this innovative Community Interest Company. It has been a long time in the making, but after the best part of 6 months since Tech Resort CIC and its directors were successful in winning a major grant in excess of £150,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund, it finally launched the Tech Resort at it’s new premises, Kestrel House on the 10th July 2015.  A full photo archive can be accessed via Avant Photographic ( a really great commercial photographer based here in our Town).

A group of entrepreneurs and digital activists wanted to make a difference to Eastbourne by creating a new space which could be used to teach children and teenagers how to ‘Code’ as well as developing their other skills,  in a fresh new Creative and Digital environment.  Our MD has been involved since 2013 with the ideas that underpin this, managing to find a small amount of seed funding through the RSA  right at the every beginning of the project, and offering assistance at all stages of the development of this remarkable organisation.

Tech Resort CIC aims to greatly enhance the resources available to young people locally, providing a wide programme of events and courses to support and encourage children to learn about coding, electronics, electronic design and 3D Printing and a range of other valuable skill sets.

Tech Resort  has already been running events for children in the Town for about 18 months based on volunteers, and with help from Aidan Delaney from the University of Brighton, and using space kindly donated by CoHub.  It now has it’s own fabulous premises, over 1000 sq. feet of space on the seafront within shoutign distance of Eastbourne’s iconic (Somewhat charred) Pier and will be running a full programme of courses between now and Christmas 2016, mostly free, a few contributory.

Makerbot - 3D printingApart from the coding activities sessions undertaken by ‘Tech Resort Teens’ Kestrel House will be used as a ‘Maker Space’ – in other words a community centre which provides technology, manufacturing equipment and educational opportunities to students and the general public, but especially for the Devonshire Ward in Eastbourne where the main project funding is needed and has subsequently been directed.

Tech Resort will also help older residents in the local area gain the skills and find support to get online, making sure they are secure when doing so and ensuring they have the same access to the internet so many of us take for granted.

Our MD at the launch EventMany community groups and local CDIT businesses have signed up to a ‘Pledge’. This was the idea of Will Callaghan the driving force behind Tech Resort  which aims to make Eastbourne a great town for digital, tech and creative people, but this will only be managed if all the stakeholders in the Town work together in a coordinated way. The ‘Pledge’ is a first step to achieving this.

Former MP for Eastbourne - Stephen Lloyd is an active supporter
Former MP for Eastbourne – Stephen Lloyd is an active supporter

It was great to see that former long-term Eastbourne MP – Stephen Lloyd and recently elected Eastbourne MP – Caroline Ansell have been wholly supportive of the aims of Tech Resort. There was recent coverage in the local Eastbourne Herald newspaper and significant publicity surrounding last weeks launch, with a broad range of local supporters present.

Local Press Coverage
Local Press Coverage

Our Company  can help start up ventures like Tech Resort by sourcing sound local service providers such as Shredded Neat (another of our Clients) and introducing suitable local, trusted expertise to such organisations, in this case in financial management (Mark Foster from Tax help Services) and digital service providers ABCOM IT Solutions for broadband connectivity and Conxserv who  are one of the few Sussex-based service providers who have total independence from the market and their own ‘dedicated’ data centres here in the County, incidentally long time friends and service providers to Isis Environmental Limited.

Why is Isis involved with this? well we want to make a difference in our own back yard, put something back into the community, having had great successes in the past in the digital arena, with businesses such as Groundsure Limited which went from a tiny idea in a tiny space in Brighton to a £40 million market sale a decade previously.

tr-logoTech Resort finally has the financial backing and premises it needs to deliver it current vision, if we can achieve what we think we can here, in our home town, we will have made a huge difference to the expectations of a whole cohort of children in the town and sown the seeds for encouraging Eastbourne to become one of the most interesting and ambitious digital communities in the United Kingdom.

 

 

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Market Access Research & Strategy – Waterblade Limited

WaterbladeMark Hadley of Isis Environmental spent some very interesting weeks between November 2014 and March 2015 providing strategic business development advice to Nigel Bamford, the brains behind this innovative product.

Brighton-based Nigel has developed a tap-fitting water saving device, that turns an inefficient stream of water into a ‘blade’ of water, reducing water consumption substantially, there is nothing similar on market, check it out  Waterblade

With the Waterblade at full working prototype stage our involvement took the form of taking a long hard look from the outside at the potential routes to market. This included the existing market for water saving devices in the UK, EU and worldwide, market size, market growth potential, distribution channel assessment, barriers to accessing the market and competitor assessment.

It was important also to look at the main market drivers for getting ‘water saving devices’ either into newly manufactured sanitary tapware or retrofitting existing taps. We rounded this off with an additional assessment of the current and emerging policies shaping this sector, and the OEMs that operate in it, plus an assessment of the potential value of B2B and B2C markets.

All the above was channelled into an outline Business plan for future action, augmented by hopefully some sound advice on upcoming opportunities to promote this fabulous product.

This was a co-operative effort bring our skills and knowledge based on 35 years in the environmental products and services sector to support the excellent environmental support provided to Waterblade via the University of Brighton –  Green Growth Platform

Planet Feed

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Isis Environment were very pleased to be introduced to an exciting and award winning new venture called ‘Planet Feed’ assisting them between January and March 2015

As a member of the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform Green Growth Platform we worked with the founder of Planet Feed, Charlie Clarke on some aspects the business’s approach to its next stage of development.

Already piloted www.planetfeed.org takes locally sourced food waste and turns it into high quality liquid fertiliser, putting this back into the community from whence it came. We came in to take a look at the work so far, review the existing business plan and examine the business model.

In the short time available to us, we worked on a funding and sponsorship strategy, developed some targets and honed together a suitable elevator pitch for the business

Our approach is increasingly taking us into areas with social enterprises such as Planet Feed where we can add value through our contacts and knowledge across a very broad range of environmental products and services.

Planet Feed Fertiliser
Planet Feed Fertiliser

£150,000 Government Funding Award for Tech Resort CIC

We are pleased to have been associated with this organisation from the very outset, with one of our Director’s Mark Hadley taking an active role in the formation of the Community Interest Company, and one of a small number of Directors who have supported Tech Resort CIC since inception.

Mark provided some very early seed funding for what was a project at that stage from the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) Regional Fund to get the ball rolling.

Tech Resort has in its first year been run on a shoestring, but managed some great achievements in the local community.

Now it has been successful in the award of a grant from the Coastal Communities Fund which was awarded on the 25th January.  The grant is the result of six months’ careful planning by Tech Resort with partners – Driving Devonshire Forward, Eastbourne Homes, Eastbourne Borough Council and the Towner Gallery. The bid team as a whole has won £1.84m which will make a massive difference to Eastbourne and put Tech Resort CIC on the map.

Tech Resort CIC will be expanding its code clubs and widening its appeal to include new disciplines such as making and electronics. It aims to start digital literacy sessions for people who’re unable to use computers and get online as well as launching a matching service for talented creative, digital and tech students and local businesses.

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