Start this year with a boost 🚀 with insights and tips from innovation experts

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a restful break and are feeling fully recharged for the year ahead.

Take a look at the exciting workshops and events we have scheduled for this January, designed to give your business a boost as you begin 2023.

All are completely free for members and eligible SMEs.


Inequalities in healthcare and the hidden populations

11 January, 10:15am-12:15pm Online – BOOK YOUR SPOT

This webinar will explore the stark inequalities that exist in the health care system and how unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour affect health outcomes.

It will look at recent research on how a range of social factors affect adult health behaviours and how the biases we all hold, including those of healthcare professionals, can impact health outcomes.

STEPS to Innovation

Starts 17 January, 9:30am-12pm

Freedom Works, Crawley – TAKE YOUR FIRST STEP

A practical, immersive, and interactive journey into the real world of business innovation, this series of five workshops focuses on how to successfully realise innovation in your business.

How do you turn promising ideas into realisable products and services in ways that are responsible, responsive and ultimately successful?

Attract more customers and staff – equality, diversity and inclusivity

19 January, 10am-12pm

Aldingbourne Country Centre – FIND OUT MORE

This masterclass will explore the business benefits of understanding and appealing to a truly diverse audience of customers, suppliers, partners, and other stakeholders.

Looking at this both from within an organisation and the people you recruit and work with, as well as the many other business relationships you have, this masterclass will support you in understanding the links between diversity and inclusion, innovation, and business growth.

Becoming a more sustainable business

19 January, 1pm-4pm

Aldingbourne Country Centre – BOOK YOUR PLACE

This masterclass will unpack the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and consider how these can improve your business operations, efficiency, and brand.

It will also explore the challenges and practical actions you can take towards embedding sustainability in your business, including managing waste and resources.

Terms Burgess Hill Means Business

20 January, 10am-3pm

The Kings Centre, Burgess Hill – COME AND SAY HELLO

Come and say hello 👋 to the team on Stand 27 to learn more about RISE and network with other businesses in this growing business district.

Find out how you can access fully-funded specialist support and expertise to help you innovate and grow your business.

Innovation Clinics

24 January, 60min slots available between 9:30am-4:30pm

Business & IP Centre, Crawley Library – BOOK YOUR FREE 1 HOUR SLOT

Free 60 minute session with a RISE Innovation advisor to explore new ideas, whether it is a new product, service, process or business model.

+ Introduction on how to manage innovation ideas from concept to value

+ Deep dive into your businesses needs and objectives

+ Explore opportunities

+ Develop a workable and effective action plan

+ How to access Innovation funding

Open Innovation through co-creation in healthcare

26 January, 1pm-3pm


This workshop explores how communities and businesses collaborate in the co-creation and co-production of healthcare products and services.

Using examples from recent and current research projects, the session will explore how health innovation can be driven by, in, and for the communities they serve.

RISE and Shine Club 

27 January, 9:30am-12pm

Tilgate Barn, Tilgate Park – FIND OUT MORE

Join the RISE community of active innovators for a monthly infusion of idea sharing, problem solving, collaboration, and best practises as we launch our RISE and Shine Innovators Club.

Each month we will meet at venues across West Sussex for 3 hours – we promise this will be enormously valuable as we combine the chance to network face-to-face with fellow RISE members, support each other with innovation challenges and opportunities, and get to learn from “Innovation in Action” showcase businesses from across the region who have successfully innovated in these challenging times.

Hope you can join us!

Lorraine, Zoe and Mark

RISE team