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We’re sponsoring Mile Oak U8s football team!

A few weeks back, we announced our sponsorship of Mile Oak U8’s football team, who have just started their first ever season! We’re so glad to have been offered this amazing opportunity to show support for our local community, which we’re really, really passionate about – Brighton & Hove and the people in it are the heart and soul of what we do, so this was really a no brainer for us (also, we think our logo looks amazing on the kit, but we might be a bit biased!).

So, without further ado, let us introduce you to the wonderful Mile Oak U8’s football team and their coach, Nick…

How’s the start of the season been so far?

As we’re a new team, we are a bit behind the others that have been playing for 1-2 years already! We have had a bit of a slow start but the team is improving week in week out and we’re all very hopeful for the future.

How do you get the team ready for a match? Is there a favourite warm up or game?

Warm ups are extremely important to avoid injury and boost morale. The team love to play Piggy in The Middle which is a great passing game!

What kind of skills do the children take away from being part of a team?

By being part of a team it can really help with their confidence and it teaches them to listen, work hard and show respect for eachother. They can also build really good friendships through football which really can last a lifetime.

How has sponsorship helped?

The sponsorship from The Werks Group has been fantastic. It’s allowed us to purchase a match kit which makes the kids feel part of a team, and it also helps to keep it affordable for the parents by keeping the sign up fee low.

We’ll be sharing updates on the team’s season across our social media, so do give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in the loop!

 


Cafe Werks Official Launch Celebrations

Last Thursday was the much celebrated 25 year mark for us – we decided that it was the perfect opportunity to do something to salute our clients and all that they do. After all, we do have some amazing people in our buildings, and it fills us with pride to see them doing such amazing things.

After some struggles with the balloon blowing, a few back and forth trips (that may have included lots of prosecco) we managed to pull off a wonderful night. We thank everybody who came, everybody who loved our space that we put so much heart and soul into, and of course, every last person in the community we have managed to build over the past years.
If we could, we’d give all of our clients an award. We love seeing all the fantastic projects and ideas people are coming out with, but we decided it was best to narrow it down to three winners:
Not For Profit – Ditch The Label
One of the largest anti-bullying charities in the world, working endlessly to end bullying and to support young people aged 12-25.
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Digital Business – Ithaca
An award winning creative audio visual studio and production hub working across TV and radio advertising, film and live events. Ithaca make music, design sounds, remix video and design and build interactive sound and light installations.
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Creator/Maker – Jon Dawes, Liquidstructures
Based at Printwerks
Jon is an artist trained as a goldsmith and setter – he designs and makes bespoke pieces for individuals, gallery masters and shops in the trade that want unique ranges. From fine jewellery to sculptures, Jon uses a wide range of materials from precious metals, wood, stone, resins and more. 
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Last but not least, we’d like to thank our sponsor, Audinate – Lisa and Kieran were a huge help in making the night a success, and we’re so very appreciative for all of the help and support they have put in!
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Here’s hoping the next event and all that follow it are as wonderful as our opening event was! Thanks again to everybody involved in the making of Cafewerks, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Cafe Werks Official Launch & Innovation Awards

On 13th July 2017 we’re celebrating the official launch of Cafewerks and holding the first ever Innovation Awards. We’re inviting some of Brighton & Hove’s top creatives as well as members of both universities and the city council – why, you ask?

After 25 years, we’ve had some amazing and inspirational clients through our doors, and we want to share some of the great things we’ve managed to achieve with the help of our team, yourself, and the city of Brighton & Hove.

From top of the chart DJs to motorcycle restorers, we’ve had all kinds of people working with us – so it’s only right we give multiple awards:

Not for profit

Digital

Maker/Creator 

Through thick and thin, we’ve had our ups and downs and we’re proud of where we are now, and look forward to seeing where we go in the future. Our team is forever expanding, along with our buildings and opportunities and we can’t wait to share them with you. This event will be a great networking event for any kind of business in Brighton & Hove, so if you’d like to get involved, give us a shout on info@werksgroup.org.uk.

The Innovation Awards will be held on the 13th July from 4pm – 7pm at Werks Central, 15-17 Middle Street, BN1 1AL.

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Cafe Werks Q&A Sessions with Caroline Lucas

Werks Central had the pleasure of hosting a Q&A session with Caroline Lucas this week in our brand new café and events space on Middle Street.

Here is a little summary of one of the many points she made during our conversation.

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“At the very least we should have a fund to support smaller businesses who are suddenly facing a hike in business rates. That’s certainly the case with some of the leisure facilities; The Pier for example is suddenly going to have its business rates increased by about 17%.

Yes I want to see an increase in corporation tax but not for the smaller businesses, I think bigger businesses should be paying more so the smaller businesses can pay less.

I think we need to have a legislative framework, which catches up with the fact that the world of work now is very different from the 20th century world of work.

In other words people are setting up businesses just with a mobile phone, and quite a lot of the legislation just doesn’t quite catch up with the idea that people’s business, lives and work, look very different from the kind of 9 to 5, employer, employee type static structure.

I think that there is a lot of excitement about more innovative and pioneering ways of working but the legal structures that we have to go alongside that need to catch up with it. The green party has long been calling for maternity pay and sickness pay, all of those things for the self-employed, just as you get for an employee. That’s just one example of the way we need to have a catch up and recognise that so many people now are either self employed or in very small businesses.”

We heard a few ‘hear hear’s in the crowd at this point. Werks Group host a number of offices filled with self employed people and small businesses and with a growing number of people using our new co-working space at Café Werks, we are sure some of our members would be pleased to hear this being raised first.

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Caroline went on to discuss issues to do with Brexit, climate change and the legislations that surround it, funding for schools as well as housing prices and the state of emergency accommodation available.

All in all a very insightful talk and we are thankful to her for taking the time to listen to our views and respond to them so eloquently.

We plan to host many more events like these in the near future, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter for updates on upcoming events or alternatively you can sign up to our mailing list, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

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More Werks news coming soon!


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