I met David a couple of years ago at a local Chamber of Commerce meeting and was immediately impressed by his enthusiasm, drive and commitment. We have, since then. worked together on a regular basis and it is now great to see all those valuable skills and attributes targeted into the Best of Eastbourne. With David at the helm the Best of Eastbourne can only go from strength to strength.
David Ruddle represents what's best about Eastbourne's "Can Do" culture. The regular Tweetups he organises aren't just great networking events but also opportunities to learn and stimulate new ideas. A tireless champion for the town and the quality local businesses. I don't know where he gets his time and energy from but they both seem limitless!
We think David is a superstar, he has really brought the Best of Eastbourne to life. His knowledge of the town is second to none, many times have i asked him "do you know anybody that ?? " and he instantly comes up with a brilliant local business. For a small business like ours he is brilliant to have an association with. Thank you David for all your help :-)
David is so positive and really makes a huge effort to keep Eastbourne Businesses supported and promoted. He has been a great source of help to me as i set up a new business.
In February 2012, Debra Jayne H said:
David is a word of mouth specialist. This means when he know something is good he will tell everyone about it. Not only through face to face contact but also through Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook and arranges get together so everyone meets and get to know each other personally and learn what we all offer locally he is well known now in the Town and very well respected by all lots of people say what he dose is not just putting Eastbourne on the map but everyone he knows he makes each of them feel very special in what they offer and in these hard times he is a tonic and a pleasure to know.
Wow what can I say about David. One of the most hard working people I think I have met. He is an excellent networker on behalf of the members of The Best Of Eastbourne and Buy Local. He seems to know EVERYONE and can quickly think of a provider for any need.
Its not just David that makes The Best Of Eastbourne work though. The testimonials are a great way for customers to feedback, the website is neat, tidy and easy to navigate and the community spirit generated by the members is great.
As a relatively new business, we've been trying out a range of different networking and promotional opportunities around Eastbourne.
I liked the concept of thebestof, and having David behind it is a massive bonus! David has an unquenchable enthusiasm and a passion for profitable business that directly benefits his members.
I recently attended my first members event and made really helpful contacts - one that could lead possibly the most significant piece of work yet.
So far, thebestof Eastbourne has been the most effective networking group I've joined!
In September 2011, Nick R said:
I searched the Web and Twitter for some personal investment advice I required but drew a blank. After spotting David Ruddle on Twitter and the Best of Eastbourne, I thought he might be able to help. I emailed David and received an almost immediate response. After a brief email exchange David assessed my needs and provided a contact with a local agency which he knew was reliable. The contact proved an excellent recommendation and David's judgement was absolutely spot on.
As a complete bonus David mentioned he had another contact who provided a service in my own Industry. Again David's assessment of fit was perfectly correct and this has the potential of multi million pound business.
I can thoroughly recommend David Ruddle as a Business to Business contact specialist who has an impressive networking portfolio.
I contacted David by email very late one evening for help with 'technical things', and was amazed when he replied instantly! Ever since then, I have realised that he not only knows everything there is to know about Eastbourne, but that he also very genuinly wants to help and support our charity to become as well established in Eastbourne as he is - no matter what time of day it is! Dave's passion and enthusiam is inspirational and above everything, he is a really nice guy. I am really looking forward to continuing to work with David and supporting him to make sure that Eastbourne really is 'The Best of all Best ofs'. And, he is one amazing tweeter....!
David is friendly, approachable, personable, committed, enthusiastic and fair-minded. But as well as all that, he puts all of these qualities and more into his job - providing 'The best of Eastbourne' for Eastbourne. Thanks David!
In July 2011, Mike P said:
David and I first met at a business networking event, where we quickly found that we share many of the same values and philosophies, both in business and in life generally. A tireless powerhouse, dedicated to building quality relationships with his clients and Members of 'TheBestOf'. I am pleased to recommend David, particularly to independent business owners who are striving to develop best-of-breed services designed to exceed their customers expectations.
David approached us to feature on the thebestof Eastbourne after receiving a recommendation for Humphrey and Co. His boundless enthusiasm for all things Eastbourne was truly inspiring. He’s a 1-man PR agency! It’s been a refreshing experience working with someone who really cares about the companies or organisations he’s helping to promote, providing links within the business community and actively promoting all that is great about our town. We look forward to working with David.
David's never ending enthusiasm carrys you along & keeps you excited about the brand "Eastbourne" & what a vibrant diverse community we live & work in. He helps tirelessly to promote the town & its business community which can only enhance its feel good factor to those that visit us. Every town should have a "David" to promote it he's certainly creating a stir in the best possible way with thebestof Eastbourne site & concept. Keep up the good work
I cannot think of a better person to be running thebestof Eastbourne. David Ruddle has great commitment and enthusiasm. This, coupled with his excellent interpersonal skills, makes David someone you can trust to support you and help you build your own great business, whilst linking with others doing the same. I feel very privileged to be part of thebestof Eastbourne and to be working with David.
In July 2011, Alan N said:
A testimonial for the owner of “The Best of Eastbourne”.
I have known Dave Ruddle for a number of years and would recommend him without hesitation. He is an honest and hardworking individual that can help you achieve the best from networking and online advertising.
Prestige Promotional Products Ltd
In July 2011, Glenn W said:
What an easy guy to get on with and a great memory too. He has a huge amount of connections and always looking to network his connections to maximise everybody's business. He is a man to know and will go out of his way to help where he can!
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: Wish we had been closer to have met up and figured a way to have worked together.
In July 2011, Sophie M said:
David has done some tele-marketing recently for my business and on our test call I bought my own service! He really is an excellent communicator with the ability to get you just the appointments you really need - where ever they are!! I plan to use his services regularly.
In July 2011, Sam M said:
David is a very smart and exciting person to work with. He has great people skills and is very supportive in the projects we work with. I am very pleased to be associated with him for now and the future.
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: You are welcome Sam, great working with you when we have the chance.
In July 2011, Paul W said:
David provided a great service to OCSL and to me personally during his time at TMC. He was able to grasp concepts and solutions quickly and articulate them effectively to our prospects to secure new business meetings. I would have no hesitation in recommending David; he would be a great asset to any team!
Paul Wemyss | OCSL HP Gold Partner of the year 2010
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: Thanks Paul, it was great to know you were following up on the appointments I was setting.
In July 2011, Ed C said:
I’ve known David Ruddle since first meeting him in 2008, from which time I have been continually impressed by his unerring entrepreneurial ability. David is not only a naturally positive businessman, he also has a true passion for networking. So whilst he’s always amongst the busiest of people, he’s also amongst the most helpful – at all times eager to assist other business owners to achieve success and reach their potential too.
David has been working with Davenport to develop our Agent and Master Agent network, and his skill in assisting us to position the company in exactly the right way has meant that potential prospects come to us with a clear idea of the benefits of investing with us. His creative thinking has been of great benefit and his suggestions and ideas always add value to our business.
I would recommend David without a second’s hesitation to any company wishing to work with an energetic and pro-active businessman who will always not only go the extra mile, he’ll also do his utmost to bring success to you and to your business.
Ed Carr | Marketing Director | Davenport Wealth Management
Reply from thebestof Eastbourne: Thanks for your kind words Ed