The Best Of websites allow us as a college to work closely with other groups within the community. It celebrates the best of local and allows us to support and create links with independent businesses. For example, a previous retailer of the year on this website became our go-to source on A-Level results day for decorations/balloons/helium etc. Our Employment team has great links with many of the top restaurants and hotels listed here, providing ample opportunities for our students when it comes to industry placements and apprenticeships. We have also made great contacts with accident repair companies and sports companies who come in and showcase their industry to students. The what's on guide helps us tie in with community events such as Airbourne, Beach Life and fundraising days, and also lets us reach a wider audience when it comes to promoting our own college events. A useful website with essential contacts and links,.
Reply from David Ruddle: Very pleased to continue to support the college and loving seeing your local content being added :)
In October 2019, Creative Force said:
Another excellent evening at the launch of thebestof awards. One of the things I love about being involved with thebestof Eastbourne is getting to meet lots of amazing, local people. I'm more inclined to get things done if I know, with confidence, that I have someone reliable to do the job / training that I need. So far I've changed my dentist to The Dental Barn, had training through Ditzy Media and collaborated with Mugshots Cafe to deliver a presentation about Marianne North. All excellent things that have happened within the last 6 months. There are far more contacts out there I will be using soon too. Thanks for making this such an important component of what you do, David!
Reply from David Ruddle: Thanks for coming along Teri, always great to put our creative heads together :)
In October 2019, Jr. L said:
Working with David has been fantastic, always encouraging and very knowledgeable!
Reply from David Ruddle: Thanks Josh, I do like to give a good pep talk and remind business owners what to focus on :)
In September 2019, Jan H said:
Myself and two colleagues did a training session with David and he was brilliant! He gave us so many ideas and pointers to help us in our business that we're now bursting to get stuck in!
David is hugely knowledgeable and is extremely generous with his time. Anyone who knows him knows about his caring attitude, he genuinely likes to help his business members on thebestof Eastbourne as well as others like us who are not even in the area.
I have attended countless courses over the years but few compare with David's lovely approach and his great sense of humour. I recommend any business owner to speak to him as thebestof Eastbourne provides fantastic marketing advice at a relatively low cost.
Thank you David!
In September 2019, Rod K said:
Always a professional service and very helpful, thank you
Reply from David Ruddle: Always lots of interest in Halland Car Boot sale. Thanks for listing it with my website :)
In September 2019, Mia N said:
Thank you David for my marketing MOT!! I knew i had gaps but you helped me see the little things I missed!
Definitely highly recommend this service 🙂it can save you a lot of money
Reply from David Ruddle: It was great to spend time with you and give you some new ideas on your marketing. The very best of luck :)
In August 2019, Harry P said:
Whenever David's name comes up, it is always spoken with affection. People like dealing with the best of, they like your principles, they like the way you do business.
Well done, keep it up, sometimes you must wonder what you have done right, or wrong. Just keep on doing it.
Reply from David Ruddle: Thanks Harry, I always appreciate positive feedback :)
In August 2019, EHA Reviews said:
David is a pure inspiration... Nothing is too much trouble and he is a great person to call on when you get a little stuck! David supports all EHA members, so give him a call!
Reply from David Ruddle: A pleasure to help the EHA :)
In August 2019, Suzanne - Positive Placements Coordinator said:
Really helpful advice and support from David when promoting volunteering opportunities and adding a blog. Instant responses and updated everything straight away. A great website.
Reply from David Ruddle: So pleased to see you sharing content via thebestof Eastbourne :)
In August 2019, Eastbourne Bonfire Society said:
Fantastic support to get our society on the site!! We are a self funded society so to feature means so much as it will give us more exposure to our community which in turn supports us to collect the vital funds we need to put on our annual event. I can’t thank David enough for all his guidance and suggestions especially I managed to create two accounts by mistake! Thank you, you’ve been amazing!
Reply from David Ruddle: So pleased to be working with you as Bonfire is one of my favourite events in the year.
In July 2019, Creative Force said:
Another excellent morning with David Ruddle and the group. So many useful bits of information, not to mention meeting up with people I've not had the pleasure of meeting before. Altogether a great experience!
Reply from David Ruddle: Loving the creative sharing we have going on :)
In July 2019, Alison T said:
David is always there to help, support and gives great advice for my business. He markets my practice when I’m unable to. He my marketing secret weapon.
Reply from David Ruddle: Love hearing such great things about The Dental Barn :)
In July 2019, Tony L said:
I really enjoyed the Best of Eastbourne Marketing workshop. I liked the relaxed atmosphere and sharing of ideas between a diverse spread of business people. I got so much from this workshop. Not only from David Ruddle, who's enthusiasm and passion are infectious and ensured we never had a dull moment. It's such a relief not to get 'death by powerpoint' and actually engage with everyone at the workshop. Which was a great help as I got some great advice from the other business people on pitching my consultation service to clients without it sounding like a sales trap.
All in all, it was a marvellous workshop and I am looking forward to the next.
Reply from David Ruddle: Great to have you at the session and to be able to share my knowledge with you.
In July 2019, Fiona M said:
Hi David - just wanted to say what a brilliant job you’re doing with your ‘Best of Eastbourne’. I’ve only been in Eastbourne for three years but I love it! It’s really great to see all the good stuff that’s happening here.
Thank you - FM 👍
In June 2019, Vicky K said:
What an amazing business! Created for the local community and visitors and supporting local businesses (especially the independent ones). David is doing a superb job and his passion shine through every initiative he takes on. Thank you for everything David and keep up the excellent work :)
In May 2019, Judith B said:
David is such a good help, if ever I get stuck, I know I can call on him and if he can't help, he knows a man that can! He really is "the best of Eastbourne!"
In May 2019, Gordana G. said:
I am taking this opportunity to leave a (long overdue) review for the Best of Eastbourne and David Ruddle who runs it. David, you are always welcoming, open for new ideas, and share your knowledge. Your passion to help, share the know-how, connect and to innovate, support and promote the independent local businesses and charities is contagious. Your networking is informative, relaxing informal chat and attract great people in the local business community.
Many thanks David!
In April 2019, AirS said:
Amazingly prompt and friendly service and assistance. The uptake for our Networking Meetings promoted by David (thebestofEastbourne) increased dramatically. Thank you so much.
Action in rural Sussex
In April 2019, Katie J said:
Hi David, thanks for your recent recommendation. Job done same day so very satisfied.
Home Staging SOS
In April 2019, Copylink Digital Ltd said:
What a great business, i attended the ebtweetup meeting last week, and met some lovely people from the local area, we have been in business for 30 + years so was lovely to meet new faces and also speak to people that have been in business locally for a while too. wonderfully organised by David.
Reply from David Ruddle: Always nice to see you Helen, glad your business supports our members when you can :)
In March 2019, tonylavelle said:
Thanks, David for inviting me to the marvellous networking meeting at Mugshots. Getting to have a relaxing informal chat with some wonderful people in the local business community in the lovely Mugshots cafe was brilliant.
Reply from David Ruddle: Great to see you there Tony, a tester to see if a morning networking event would encourage new visitors along. So glad we had a lovely turn out :)
In March 2019, RSE Group said:
David is an incredibly helpful individual, who wants you to get the best out of your business. He's very patient and understanding with a thirst for getting the best results for you.
Reply from David Ruddle: Having worked with RSE for many years now I love seeing how the business has grown and has embarrassed business excellence :)
In February 2019, Voices Choir said:
Probably one of the most innovative and helpful businesses around. Goes far and beyond what is normally expected.
Reply from David Ruddle: Thanks for being persistent with adding your events, happy that I was able to help get over the technical barrier.
In February 2019, Yvonne W said:
A wonderful service. David has been very helpful to me as a one person small business
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