Last Thursday we held a meetup! Invitations went out to all Creaters and we were so pleased to meet those who attended. Holding events and hearing from like minded and inspirational people is a great way to share knowledge, experience and learn from speakers - we certainly did! If you couldn’t make it this time, we have a run down of how the evening went below and the opportunity to sign up and come along to our next one!
Create turns 14 today and just like any birthday, we're celebrating and reminiscing over the last 14 years. From when our first customer built their very own website to hosting those of thousands of businesses in recent years. It has been a journey that we're honoured to have been able to share with you.
The Great Create Egg Hunt 2015 was egg-cellant and our biggest yet! With more hiders and a host of new players, this was the one day of the year when putting all of your eggs in one basket pays off.
Hundreds of people used our #egghunt, thousands of Tweets were sent and which were seen by over 3.5 million users. Most egg-citingly, we saw hundreds of you getting out of your shell and making some wonderful connections.
There’s been a buzz in the Create office recently. That’s right, it’s almost time for 'The Great Create Egg Hunt' 2015!
It's been a wild year for the women of Create! Firstly, Managing Director Rebecca and Customer Services Leader Lauren were finalists in two categories of The Venus Women Awards, and now Rebecca has been named a finalist for Business Woman of the Year in the JP Events Sussex Woman of the Year Awards! Create has also been selected as a finalist in the Online Business category!
We're particularly proud of these achievements as a company that celebrates and encourages the role of women in the burgeoning web technology industry.
Create is pleased to support the annual Mumpreneur Conference by sponsoring the Best Online Business Award for the fourth fantastic year running. It's always inspirational to see so many parents sharing their success stories and hearing their business advice.
Not only does Create sponsor this annual celebration of ingenuity, innovation and invention but we also popped along with a little creation of our own that got hundreds of people online in an instant.
The automated Create Booth took snaps of makers, families, kids and various other curious Faire-goers and automatically uploaded the photographs to the Create Twitter feed with the hashtag #BMMF2013 so that they could go online and retrieve their image later.
This is the second year of our partnership with this amazing showcase of creativity, invention and ingenuity. Last year we cut our teeth demoing the Create platform to a wide range of people, but this year we've got something a bit special up our MASSIVE SLEEVES.
We've built a fun Photo Booth for folks at the Faire (Sept 7th, Brighton Dome & Corn Exchange) to get themselves snapped in! Take a look at the construction process in the pics below.
We're pleased to announce that Create is a judges' finalist in not one, not two, not three... oh, no, it is actually three, but still... THREE categories in the JP Events Business Matters Awards 2013.
We've been selected in the categories Employer of the Year, Medium Business of the Year (that's 'medium-sized business', not 'enterprising psychic') and the award for Customer Service.
We're really chuffed to be nominated and to get through to the finals in three categories, so thanks go to the judges for recognising our achievements. And thanks to our users - without your amazing feedback it wouldn't be as easy to show the world just what a great service we provide!
I presented the prize to Maria at the University of Brighton School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics' Prize Giving Ceremony, which saw students from across the discplines of the school receive a multitude of awards for their significant efforts.
For the second year running Create is proud to sponsor Brighton Mini Maker Faire (Sept 7th/8th).
This annual showcase of incredibly innovative invention is a great way to spend a day on the coast.
Immerse yourself in a world of craft, creativity and fun and learn the practices behind the exhibits.
Held at Brighton Dome and the adjacent Corn Exchange, the Faire brings together engineers, inventors and craftpersons united in a common goal: to make you say 'WOW!', be that with a game of One-Dimensional Pong, a ride on a people-powered Scalextric track or even a humanoid robot that knits.
Voting has now closed, and thanks to your votes both Rebecca and Lauren have got through to the finals! Thank you so much!
The awards ceremony will be held at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on Friday 27th September, where we'll find out who has won the coveted Venus Awards. For more information visit the Brighton Venus Awards website.
Last night we attended the awards ceremony for the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Awards 2013 where Create sponsored the award for Most Entrepreneurial Service. Create would like to offer a hearty well done to all of the winners and nominees! Find out more about the programme and the innovative winning projects here.
Last weekend Create took a chunk of Brighton's Silicon Beach to Silicon Roundabout at the Silicon Milkroundabout recruitment event in Shoreditch.
The theme of this year's event was 'pirates' (the nautical kind, obviously) so we naturally took along a branded beach hut, a windbreaker, a buoy, a deckchair and loads of everyone's favourite seafront teeth-destroyer, Brighton rock, in our company colours.
The purpose-built stand (made in-house by our incredible design team) fit in nicely among the unseasonal palm trees that covered East London's Old Truman Brewery venue.
Recently, we were thrilled to be recognised as one of the 10 hottest businesses on Silicon Beach in a feature on Venture Village. This weekend we’ll be doing our bit to bring the beach to Silicon Roundabout at the Silicon Milkroundabout recruitment event in Shoreditch on Sunday 12th May.
I'm excited to announce that Create has hit a huge milestone: we now host over 10,000 websites and online businesses built with our tools!
From its humble beginnings in my back room over a decade ago, Create is now a dedicated team of nearly twenty awesome people helping thousands of businesses get their products and services online.
Thanks to everyone who signed up to Create's online shop workshops at Super+Super this month. You'll be happy to hear that thanks to you we raised over £200 for Carousel, the charity at the forefront of Brighton's learning disability arts scene!
Carousel supports artists with learning disabilities, helping them to produce films and make music, and enabling them to showcase their work through outlets like the award-winning Oska Bright Film Festival, the 'Shut Up and Listen' radio station and the regular Blue Camel Club.
We're pleased to announce our first website-building workshops of 2013!
If you're in the East Sussex area and you're either just getting started with Create or you're thinking of jumping in, then check out the website-building workshops we're holding at Brighton's creative hub Super+Super.
When we heard that Brighton Mini Maker Faire co-organiser and BuildBrighton founding member Mike Pountney was going to speak at our next Create Event, we knew we were in for a techy treat. And thanks to an array of unique gadgets and a hilarious talk, he didn't disappoint!
Our Customer Services Team Leader Lauren and I packed the car with our fab new stand and took our place in the Heart of England Conference Centre. We met a lot of business people, shook a lot of hands and made a lot of new connections. We'd like to say a big hello to everyone who popped by our stand!
There's less than a week to go before Mumpreneur UK Conference 2012! Create is really proud to be sponsoring the 'Best Online Business' Award, which celebrates parents which use the web to build their business successes.
Brighton Mini Maker Faire is a hugely entertaining, vibrant and educational showcase of the most exciting developments in homemade electronics, robotics, music, crafts and technology. We went along last year and it really was a blast.
Celebrating and showcasing makers throughout the UK, Brighton's annual Mini Maker Faire is now in its second year and Create is incredibly pleased to be sponsoring it.
If you use your skills, your brain and your hands to build something new then you're a maker!
We like to drag ourselves out of the office every once in a while, and so when the weather was recently decidedly reasonable we set off to Hawthbush Farm in East Sussex for a lovely team-building day in the sun.
The awards are being held in Birmingham on the 25th September 2011 and we are very excited to be attending to celebrate the achievements of so many enterprising mums, and dads!