David - I wanted to say thanks for such a superb event at the Afton Hotel the other day - the Tweetup with Steve Hewlett (and Arthur Lager etc...) It was brilliant! Steve is a genuinely nice guy, and hilariously funny, a really gifted ventriloquist. Also, the fact that he was there shows the influence 'Thebestof' has now, and is a great testament to you and your business. So well done for all you're doing in supporting all that's good about business in Eastbourne, and for the invite. Wishing you great success as you move forward. Kind regards, Ian Lucas
Reply from David Ruddle: Thank you Ian, giving back to Eastbourne is something I love doing. The bigger thebestof Eastbourne gets the more I can help local businesses and of course do more for the town also.
In July 2013, Sandra C said:
David is so supportive of all things Eastbourne. He bring the community together
In July 2013, William T said:
Through The Best Of Eastbourne, David Ruddle continues to use his unending reserves of enthusiasm and positivity to bring the people and business of this town together and promote everything that’s great about Eastbourne. His latest coup of getting (the rather fantastic) ventriloquist Steve Hewlett to perform at the most recent tweetup shows how he is determined to keep things fresh even after 3 years. It’s always a pleasure to be involved with one of David’s projects and his network and recommendations are a priceless resource for businesses, consumers and community groups throughout the town.
Reply from David Ruddle: You have been a great supporter of our events and a pleasure to help as part of the community hub.
In July 2013, Sarah L said:
Many thanks to the Best of Eastbourne for providing a fantastc networking event with Steve Hewlett too - funny funny funny!!
In June 2013, Andy C said:
David is doing a fantastic job of promoting buy local week which in turn helps all the local independent businesses.
In May 2013, BPE Business Connections said:
BPE are delighted to be members of the Best of Eastbourne & hadve greatly benefited from it by gaining new clients & business & and in promoting our business/services to the local community. David (Ruddle) is a great ambassador & works tirelessly for his members & we are proud to be associated with thebest of.
Joy A BPE Business Connections
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: Thank you, you are a pleasure to promote and you look after my members and I so well at our evening with events.
In April 2013, RBER said:
Had a great night networking last night, made some great contacts and met some lovely people. Thank you for organising it David. We are looking forward to the next one :o) Mel & Julie from Rainbow Bridge Equine Rescue.
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: Great to have you along and I hope your information in the Community Hub helps :)
Reply from David Ruddle: Hosting the Tweetup is very rewarding for me. Being able to connect so many people in person. I do love Twitter and all things social media but coming together in person always makes the difference and so many possibilities :) I look forward to seeing you again at the next one.
In February 2013, Emma R said:
As a Sole Trader, marketing my business is an ongoing challenge. David's enthusiasm is infectious and he is great to brinstorm with. His commitment to helping Eastbourne businesses like mine thrive & grow is amazing. I appreciate all the help he gives me, both face to face, via social media and through The Best Of Website.
In February 2013, Digital Fuse said:
David has been fantastic in promoting our business within the local community. He has also helped to put us in touch with people who can help us, and who we can help. We look forward to working with David for many years to come.
In February 2013, Mandy B said:
David is the whirling dervish of all things Eastbourne he promotes our business in so many ways its makes my head spin from social media to face to face networking it’s like having another member of staff tirelessly working on your behalf.. 24/7! Now that's commitment to us & to the town. Great job thank you
Reply from David Ruddle: It has been a pleasure working with such a proactive business like Recruitment South East. Not only you Mandy but your team are fantastic. You really are a recruitment company with a difference.
In February 2013, Sandra W said:
Great recommendation for a new venue (Afton Hotel) to hold the monthly First Friday business network meeting. Thank you.
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: Happy to recommend the Afton they have looked after my events for a long time and have never let me down.
In January 2013, Tracey B said:
When you run a business it can often be difficult to fit in the marketing of it during day to day management. The Best Of Eastbourne allows businesses to advertise to local people and other businesses with the added knowledge that David is tirelessly active on social media and on the website to ensure those businesses are being talked about.
This helps with your reach... the more people and businesses get to know who you are and what it is that you do, the better.
I have helped David on an adhoc basis with bio write-ups for businesses who do not have the time, so I have got to know him over a few hot chocolates. He is a great advocate to have and a friendly person who will help you out whenever he can. So please do not hesitate to contact him to find out what he can do for you.
I am sure this guy is running on Duracell batteries because he is always on the go.....all for the benefit of local businesses. Make yours one of them!
In December 2012, Ruth S said:
A great bite size workshop making twitter & social media manageable and available to me and my business.
In December 2012, Niki C said:
Hugely beneficial workshop on the functionality of Twitter, would highly recommend David for offering advice or guidance on Twitter.
In November 2012, Andy C said:
Excellent event. Good speakers and networking. Great venue.
In November 2012, Sue C said:
Really interesting evening with really relevant speakers. Fantastic venue!
In November 2012, Grayham S said:
Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Great to meet some new people and share the passion.
In November 2012, Lesley J said:
Really enjoyed the event, excellent venue, fabulous food. Welcoming people, great speakers. Looking forward to the next one.
In November 2012, Carol S said:
Interesting and varied evening. Looking forward to the next one.
In October 2012, Sophie M said:
I've known David for a few years now and I think he is the perfect person for this business. His passion, commitment, focus and drive are all part of why the Best of Eastbourne will be the very Best Best of!! It's great working with him, as he does what he says and delivers on time, if not before time! Look out Eastbourne and look out 2012! David has arrived.
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: I do love this review and any time the sun is not shining and feeling low I read it and my faith is restored!
In October 2012, Amina B said:
First EBtweetup I have been able to make and SO glad that I could today. Also first time I've been to Will's Restaurant and I'll definitely be going back. Great to meet the lovely people behind the avatars. Fantastic atmosphere. Thanks, I will definitely go again.
In October 2012, Sandra C said:
Just went to my first EBtweetup. Great couple of hours spent at @WillsRestaurant, meeting some lovely Twitter people I have been tweeting with for some time. I'll certainly be attending in the future.
In September 2012, Andy C said:
I have just attended my first EBtweetup. Both David Ruddle & the Afton Hotel are very welcoming and, after some introductions from David and the relaxed atmosphere, I quickly found myself chatting to like minded people over some nibbles and a pint!
It is a good opportunity to network, meet new people, find out more about other local businesses and hopefully let others know about our own business.
I will definitely be attending again and would recommend to anyone thinking of going.
In September 2012, Brian B said:
Eastbourne 'EBtweetup' took place last night (2/8/2012) at the Afton Hotel. I have just moved to Eastbourne and had an invitation to join the EBtweetup organised through thebestof Eastbourne founder David Ruddle.
An interesting mix of business and social conversations and nibbles, meeting other new and established members in a friendly atmosphere.
Being new to Eastbourne, this provided me with an opportunity to network and get a feel for what's going on in the town with a possibility to join up with like minded individuals who wish to contribute positively to maintain Eastbourne as a great place to live or visit.
Thanks. I recommend this event and will be a regular participant.
In May 2012, Mandy B said:
David is an excellent ambassador for the best of members he works tirelessly promoting us all via networking social media and just generally out and about in the community. Sceptical at first about the cost and viability of such a site I now know I worried without reason, he fights our corner, promotes us at ever opportunity and is our biggest advocate at all times. Thoroughly recommended and valued as a business partner. Keep up the good work and thank you for helping us raise our profile & promoting our business at all times locally