Bexhill Events

Bexhill Roaring 20s

The Bexhill Roaring 20s is 1066 Country’s flagship annual event. Originally the brainchild of Roger Crouch, Alastair came on board as the main sponsor from the beginning. He has continued to assist the Roaring 20s with not only funding, but also his expertise in marketing and strategy.

The Bexhill Roaring 20s has successfully generated many hundreds of thousands of pounds of yearly income for Bexhill’s visitor economy.

The first Bexhill Roaring 20s took place in July 2014 and has become Bexhill’s most prestigious event since the Bexhill 100 Festival of Motoring ended in 2002. From stunt fights to dancing acts, live music, performers, vintage cars, exhibition stalls, F1 cars and more, the Bexhill Roaring 20s has brought immense fun and entertainment to all ages and involved local dance schools and community groups.

Over the years, The Bexhill Roaring 20s has been privileged to witness air displays from the Brightling Wing Walkers, the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Dakota, Spitfire and Hurricane (amongst many others).

During the 2015 event, Bexhill made history by breaking the Guinness world record for the largest Charleston dance.

Bexhill Roaring 20s 2015

Bexhill Festival of the Sea

The Bexhill Festival of the Sea has been referred to as one of the best sea festivals in the UK and promotes a message that Alastair believes is very important for a seaside town – marine conservation. Staggeringly, a recent Sky Ocean Rescue campaign suggested that the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic goes into the world’s oceans every single minute.

The Bexhill Festival of the Sea is organised by Carole Green, with the help of a small committee. Alastair regards the Bexhill Festival of the Sea as the cherry on the cake of Bexhill’s summer and has assisted the event with both sponsorship and marketing since its inception in 2013.

At the 2017 event, Alastair assisted Carole Green with Bexhill’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of Mermaids. Needing 300 mermaids to set a record, 325 were clicked through and gathered on the beach for an amazing spectacle.

Other funding

In addition to the above events, Alastair has also financially supported Bexhill’s Christmas lights, bonfire and firework events, charity triathlons and other community events.

Medical News Today

MNT Website Screenshot

Bringing together a team of dedicated writers, content developers, marketing and administration staff, Alastair led Medical News Today to become one of the top 10 health websites in the world.

Ranked in the top 360 websites in the United States and top 120 websites in the United Kingdom (according to Quantcast), Medical News Today reached more than 10 million unique monthly visitors, serving over 15 million pages.

Taking his company from a tiny seed to one generating a multi-million dollar annual turnover required Alastair to use strategic business and leadership skills. By surrounding himself with talented people who shared his energy and philosophy, Alastair was able to ensure that quality of content – the core strength of the business – was maintained at all times and that the company was not just keeping up with existing trends, but setting new ones.

Although the company only had 15 members of staff, with efficient strategy Medical News Today was able to compete with some of the biggest names in internet health media, achieving search engine rankings and domain authority (88 /100) that belied its organisation size.

In April 2016, the Medical News Today website and brand, along with sister website MediLexicon, were acquired by Healthline Media – the second largest health media network on the internet. This move bolstered Healthline’s digital health reach to 61 million unique visitors per month.

Throughout his time as head of the company, Alastair chose to support causes close to his heart, providing funding to help treat children with medical illnesses and disabilities. One such child was Daniel Pretty, a young boy living with cerebral palsy. You can read the story of his treatment in this article.

Alastair believes in the philosophy that as a founder, you strive to build a company that makes an impact. Medical News Today exemplified this.