Cohort 2 Suffolk September – December 2023 – Advertising, Marketing & Design

20 September 2023

We would like to welcome our second programme cohort for 2023. Over the next 12 weeks we will be working with twenty businesses, supporting them through weekly masterclass sessions and workshops, and bespoke one to one support with creative industry specialists & experts.  We will be working towards getting the businesses pitch ready in order to further their success once our intensive support programme has finished. Creative East is here to support the creative industries in Norfolk, Suffolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire to achieve their growth ambitions, and we will be championing our companies throughout the programme. Here’s a run-down of the new set of advertising, marketing & design companies on the Creative East programme.

WHAT Associates
Contact: Wendy Hodgson, Partner

About us: WHAT associates is a purpose-driven creative agency in Suffolk. Our work delivers a broad mix of brand, digital, and print-based design and marketing to help clients achieve and communicate their positive ambitions. We’re committed to using our creative skills as a force for good.

Why we applied to join the Creative East programme: We are looking to grow and develop our business. We have been running successfully for ten years and now we need advice and help to move the company on to the next stage.

Lost At Sea
Contact: Matt Brown, Founder

About us: LOST AT SEA is a brand consultancy that fuses strategic thinking with creative flair to help brands avoid getting caught in the sea of sameness.

We believe in the power of creativity and authenticity to elevate brand communications and experiences. We love sport, music, travel, fashion, the outdoors and more.

In today’s fluid brand landscape, a clear strategy and exceptional content are critical elements to any business.
We work with brands and agencies on projects large and small. We bring over a decade of experience working at some most globally recognised brands in the world.

We believe in the power of a simple but clear message coupled with striking visuals to drive brand distinction.

Why we applied to join the Creative East programme: I need support and guidance to scale my business. I’m looking for help with identifying opportunities, support with pitches and how to make my business more visible to attract prospective clients. The opportunities I have been able to find and work on are with small businesses and start-ups who do not have the financial means to make employing my agency viable.

Beyond identifying and securing new business I also see a huge benefit in building a network of contacts through the program.

Dare Media
Contact: Murray Dare, Director

About us: We are a LinkedIn marketing and sales company which helps small B2B businesses to connect, communicate and scale by selling via LinkedIn.

Why we applied to join the Creative East programme: Supporting business growth.

Funky Lemon Design,
Contact: Kieron Barter, Founder & Owner

About us: We’re a small team of degree level qualified model makers creating a large variation of model types from intricate detailed architectural models to the large-scale exhibition displays and prototypes. We also offer product design services, laser cutting and engraving, alongside more stereotypical product manufacturing.

Why we applied to join the Creative East programme: Expert advice, support and direction on the route to achieving sustained growth.

Satsuma Group
Contact: Ellen Widdup, Managing Director

About us: We are a full-integrated creative agency offering PR, marketing, social media, digital marketing, website design and build and design and brand. We have grown rapidly in the last two years from two members of staff to 10 with a further five external consultants and service providers. We have also won a succession of awards for our work and our retained clients now include a number of large corporations, organisations and businesses from across the UK. Our team is fully remote and works flexibly.

Why we applied to join the Creative East programme: To get a broader input from experts in areas of business we are less familiar with. And to get advice on how we strategically place ourselves in the market.


Fully funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Delivered and managed by:

  • Anglia Ruskin University Peterborough
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Innovate UK
  • New Anglia - Local Enterprise PArtnership for Norfolk and Suffolk
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • University of East Anglia Innovation Funding
  • University of Suffolk