Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce

Brighton Summit: Crack on – a quarter of total tickets already sold out

Brighton Summit: Crack on – a quarter of total tickets already sold out

Brighton Chamber has launched Brighton Summit, the seventh annual conference for everyone in and around Brighton who wants to evolve and grow their business. Super Earlybird tickets sold out in record time and a quarter of the total available tickets have already been snapped up for the event, due to be held on Friday 11 October.

The theme this year is ‘Crack on’. It’s all too easy to carry on doing things the same way you always have, to hesitate and make excuses for putting things off. It’s harder to drive forward, and, if necessary, make changes, especially in such uncertain times. But success in business often means overcoming your doubts, ignoring the “what ifs” and just cracking on and doing it.

What “it” is depends on you, your business and your aims. It might be radical or it might be subtle. It could mean taking risks; it could equally mean sticking to your principles. It could be about having a vision; it could be about focusing on people. You can fill in the blanks, but the Summit should give you the motivation to make it happen.

Whatever your interpretation, the determination to get on and make things happen is what makes a business stand out, survive and thrive.

This year’s Brighton Summit: Crack On, is about taking your business, or work, by the scruff of its neck, deciding what you want and going for it.

At the 2017 Brighton Summit, attendees faced uncertainty and ‘Embraced the Unknown’. Last year it was about exploring new ways of working and choosing to ‘Look Up’. In 2019 get inspired to Crack on, step up and get your business moving.

What is Brighton Summit?

Bringing together 400 businesses and entrepreneurs from the city’s diverse business community, it’s a day for strengthening relationships and forging new ones. You’ll get inspiring speakers, expert-led workshops and energising discussions, with plenty of time for networking built in at every turn.

Brighton Summit, which is hosted by Brighton Chamber, celebrates the spirit of our open-minded, quirky city which makes it such a dynamic region to live, work and do business in.

Who is Brighton Summit for?

Brighton Summit is for everyone in and around Brighton who wants to evolve and grow their business. Whether you’re a big business CEO, a not-for-profit, an entrepreneur or an employee, Brighton Summit is for you.

What will I get from Brighton Summit?

Fresh perspectives. New approaches and ways of working. Skills and techniques to help your company thrive. The tools, confidence and inspiration to do things differently. It’s a day for building connections, entertaining new ideas and leaving your comfort zone. It’s the most productive and beneficial day out of the office all year.

Book your place today: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-summit-crack-on-tickets-58435858225

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500 employers have signed up to pay the Living Wage in Brighton

500 employers have signed up to pay the Living Wage in Brighton

This week the Brighton & Hove Living Wage campaign reached the milestone of 500 Living Wage employers in the city. The 500th employer to sign up was Emma Cleary, founder of Flexibility Matters. Emma said:

“We believe that in work and life a balance creates a happier, more engaged work force who not only like their work environment but are better retained, more engaged and more productive. Everyone wins! We were keen to join the Living Wage campaign because it is the right way to employ great people and ensure they stay with you. Employee engagement, work and life balance and being aware that you get better results from happier staff.”

To celebrate reaching 500 Living Wage employers in the city Brighton Chamber is hosting a special coffee morning at BrewDog on Wednesday 8 May, so if you're signed up to the campaign you can RSVP here. Meet other Living Wage employers and enjoy cakes from Infinity Foods.

Launched in 2012, the local Living Wage campaign provides an opportunity for employers to show their commitment to paying fair wages. The purpose of the campaign is to position the real Living Wage as the normal accepted minimum for wages in the city. We want everybody to be able to afford a good quality of life instead of just surviving.

Of the 500+ Living Wage employers currently signed up to the Brighton & Hove Living Wage campaign, over 60 sectors are represented. 53 employers are third sector organisations, 44 are retail businesses, 30 are media agencies and 19 are in the hospitality and catering sector. The biggest sector in the local Living Wage campaign is digital, with 65 digital employers signed up to the campaign.

If you pay all your employees over 18 at least £9 per hour you can join the campaign today! It's free to sign up and only takes a minute. Find out more at:

https://www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/BrightonLivingWage

http://twitter.com/bhlivingwage

High growth businesses with an alternative approach to finance: 3 April

High growth businesses with an alternative approach to finance, 3 April

Brighton Chamber’s next event in the series for High Growth businesses is The real fundamentals of finance!

It’s on Wednesday 3 April at Barclays Eagle Labs.

One of the signals that you’re on the path to high growth is when you suddenly start to find business finance sexy. Not all aspects, granted, but this session and its highly experienced panelists will help you understand the areas of focus that will help you fly into the future.

Panellists are:

• Seb Royle, Founder of PLATF9RM

• Hannah Dawson, Founder and CEO at Futrli

• David Biggs, CFO Farewill

• Jonathan Grant, Partner at DMH Stallard

Asking the questions will be Si Conroy from Scarlet Monday

We’ll be discussing:

• Finance for all: It’s when all the members of your team start to embrace the financial fundamentals that you know things are starting to shift

• Sales and finance: Seemingly strange bedfellows, when you get a finance team that can talk the language of sales and then take it to the next level, all manner of magic can happen

• What’s key? Those who have ‘been there and got the t-shirt’ know that the real fundamentals of finance that matter aren’t necessarily what you’d expect

• Looking to sell your business? Gain an understanding of what drives valuations.

• Crystal balls and binoculars: Cash is king for a reason. Without it your business does. Get insights on the importance of future-gazing and forecasting.

Find out more and book your tickets here

Photograph thanks to Simon Callaghan photography. Thanks to the event sponsors Plus Accounting and Barclays Eagle Labs

Help for charities and social enterprises looking at crowdfunding

Help for charities and social enterprises looking at crowdfunding

Brighton Chamber has teamed up with Crowdfunder to host a session on crowdfunding aimed at charities and social enterprises wanting to start raising funds in this way and wanting to know what a successful campaign looks like.

The session is on Wednesday 13 March and will focus on rewards-based crowdfunding – what it is, how you can use it to raise funds and grow your network, and the tips and tricks to creating a successful campaign for your charity or social enterprise.

Crowdfunding is creating social, economical and community-led impacts across the UK, not only allowing communities and charities to raise funds, but also raising awareness and support to help make great ideas happen.

The session is led by Jason Nuttall from Crowdfunder. Jason has spent several years securing grants and contracts for charities and social enterprises, and at Crowdfunder he now develops partnerships with match funders.

Crowdfunder’s mission is to tackle society’s challenges by making ideas happen, and is the UK’s #1 community crowdfunding platform, having raised over £58million for projects across the UK.

Jason Nuttall said “Crowdfunding has a range of benefits for charities and social enterprises, of course it's a great way of raising funds, but it also provides an opportunity to learn new skills, reach new audiences and grow networks. We have some great examples of local organisations which have used crowdfunding effectively, and I'm looking forward to supporting more Brighton & Hove organisations to follow in their footsteps.”

During this session, two local projects - Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse and Jess from Brighton & Hove Food Partnership – will speak about their experience using crowdfunding.

Attendees will take part in some interactive exercises to really get to grips with creating a crowdfunding project, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. There will also be an exciting opportunity to win £1000 towards your first crowdfunding campaign, supported by CriSeren Foundation.

Book now and take the first step towards your crowdfunding project!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crowdfunding-for-charities-and-social-enterprises-tickets-55515141282

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Photo thanks to Simon Callaghan photography

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The International Women's Day Pop-up Breakfast with Brighton Chamber and Lewes FC

The International Women's Day Pop-up Breakfast with Brighton Chamber and Lewes FC

Karen Dobres was never ambivalent about football – in fact, she hated it.

So how was it that she came to be so actively involved in the beautiful game?

A former model, manager and counsellor, Karen is not a typical football club press officer. But then Lewes is not a typical football club. Owned by the community, it’s the first UK club to pay its male and female players equally.

At Brighton Chamber’s special International Women’s Day Pop-up Breakfast, she’ll be talking about the history of the club and of women’s football, and her own football journey.

“It actually annoys me that we're having to battle for equality in football or any other business. To not be discriminated against for your innate characteristics is a basic human right, and I'm - carefully - angry about fighting for it! I'm looking forward to explaining why, given the opportunity, there is no reason that women's football can't reach the same heights as men's.” – Karen Dobres.

Join the Chamber on Wednesday 6 March for a delicious Bagelman breakfast at PLATF9RM, and hear how both Karen and Lewes FC are working hard to even the playing field for women.

Book your place here

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The Big Debate: 'Do Brighton's businesses give back enough?'

 

In Brighton, there are a growing number of businesses involved in ‘giving back’ to their local community. And often, the scale of their contribution is significant compared to their core business activity.

Most people who think about corporate and social responsibility (CSR) normally think "big business". These days, however, the concept of CSR is breaking out beyond the walls of big corporates.

Whether it’s being a governor at their kids' school, fundraising for a close-to-their-heart charity, mentoring other businesses, volunteering expertise or providing work experience opportunities – it all counts towards creating a huge bank of support which benefits our economy in so many ways.  

So, what is driving this movement? How do business owners and their employees get involved in these non-cash making activities? What are the results of this social conscience and desire to share skills and experience for good? Does it help the businesses who are doing it and make for happier employees? Can we map what’s happening and work out how to build on? Indeed, can we even quantify its impact?
 

With funding cuts affecting public sector organisations and reducing support services, and the same cuts hitting charities and the community sector, it is more important than ever to find ways to fill these gaps. We know a lot of businesses are giving back and many more are thinking about it. How can we support these businesses who, together, make an important and vital contribution to the city?

Here in Brighton there is something good going on, but is it the job of business and are they doing enough?

Join our panel to answer these questions at the Big Debate on 20 November, 4:30pm-7pm at the MET.
 

Our panel includes:

Sascha Koeler, General Manager at Hilton Brighton Metropole
Jo Crease, CEO at Brighton & Hove Impetus
Fiona Martin, Director and Head of Employment Law at Martin Searle Solicitors
 

Our chair:

Richard Freeman, CEO always possible

To book click here.



Brighton Chamber Publish Full Summit Rundown

Brighton Summit – your guide to the big day

It’s just under two weeks to go until this year’s Brighton Summit on 12 October. Brighton Summit is a conference that brings together our city’s diverse business community for a day of inspiring talks, practical workshops and new experiences.

This year’s theme is Look Up. Look Up means finding opportunities where others see problems. It means engaging with the world – next door, the next community, over the sea – not closing ourselves off.

Brighton Chamber has curated a brilliant line-up to help you get a fresh perspective on your business. With over 360+ attendees, Brighton Summit 2018 is a day well spent away from the office.

Three keynote speakers

Claire Mason Founder and CEO of the award-winning Man Bites Dog and her session ‘Look Up, scale up!’

Misha Glenny global expert and author of McMafia will answer the questions ‘How the hell did we get here? And how do we get out!

Katherine Courtney former CEO of UK Space Agency in 2017 will share how she was ‘Bitten by the Space Bug’

Five expert workshops

What does it mean to lead a 21st century business? Led by Nicole Bradfield.
Powerful and purposeful storytelling for businesses Led by Sam Knowles.
The secret of getting your price right  Led by Julia Chanteray.
How to navigate the MarTech maze Led by James Dempster.
Problem thinking, problem solving Led by Chrissy Totty.

Four speaker sessions

Stephen Boobyer CEO at circular economy and tech business World of Books.

Andy Winter CEO of Brighton Housing Trust.

Rosy and Ed  from Lewes FC.

Neil Gibb consultant, writer, speaker and social advocate.

Eight Event Horizon hours - inspiring sessions that will challenge your perspective, change your view or make you look anew.

Where will the rhythm take you?

The big knowledge share networking session

Come and be herd

vrLAB

Find the magic in the mundane

Believe that

Mix, blend and taste

The Lego® Serious Play® Challenge: 3D modelling to evoke new ideas

Explore the full programme at http://brightonsummit.com/

‘Look at me now’ at Brighton Summit

Andy Winter, CEO at Brighton Housing Trust, will be leading one of our afternoon speaker sessions at Brighton Summit on 12 October. 

Andy’s talk is called Look at me now

Belinda started using heroin when she was 13.  At the age of 48, after recovery and eight years’ abstinence, she got her first ever job. The day she got her first wage packet was one of the best of her life.

It’s easy to easy to dismiss people with alcohol and drug problems, without considering their causes and the possibility of complete recovery. Would you ever consider employing someone in recovery from addiction or mental health problems?

In this session you will hear first-hand about the extraordinary achievements of four impressive women who have overcome adversities that most of us cannot imagine. You will hear about the work of Brighton Housing Trust, how it combats homelessness, creates opportunities and promotes change in preparing people for work. Andy Winter will be joined by Sonia, a recovering addict now in employment. Together they will challenge common perceptions and show just what can be achieved.

Who’s the Brighton Summit for?

Brighton Summit is for anyone in and around Brighton who wants to evolve and grow their business. It’s relevant for all kinds of enterprise: from SMEs to start-ups; from multinationals to social enterprises and charities. Whether you’re a business owner, a CEO, or a manager. And whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee.

What will I get from the Brighton Summit?

Fresh perspective. Approaches and ways of working that are genuinely new to you. Skills and techniques that will help your organisation thrive. The tools and confidence to do things differently. Permission to take risks – sensible risks. Low-impact, high-return networking with liked-minded business people. And the most productive and beneficial day out of the office all year.

The Summit is a conference that brings together our city’s diverse business community for a day of inspiring talks, practical workshops and new experiences.

Tickets and more information:

https://brightonsummit.com/
Friday 12 October - 8:30 am-6:00 pm
The Clarendon Centre, 47 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ

Three stellar keynotes announced for Brighton Summit in October

Three stellar keynotes announced for Brighton Summit in October

Brighton Summit – Look Up is on 12 October, 8.30am-6pm at The Clarendon Centre.

Brighton Summit is for anyone who wants to evolve and grow their business. It’s relevant for all kinds of enterprise: from growing businesses to start-ups; from multinationals to social enterprises and charities. Whether you’re a business owner, a CEO, or a manager. And whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee.

This year’s exciting speakers include:

Claire Mason Founder and CEO of award-winning strategic ideas company, Man Bites Dog, and pioneer of gender #SayGap movement. 

Misha Glenny British journalist, author of the hit BBC TV series, McMafia, and expert in global organised crime and cybersecurity. Misha’s talk is ‘How the hell did we get here? And how do we get out!

Katherine Courtney Former CEO of UK Space Agency. Katherine talk ‘Bitten by the Space Bug’ explores what she calls New Space.

Our speakers also include Stephen Boobyer CEO at circular economy and tech business World of Books.

And there are expert workshops with Insight Agents and more…

For tickets and to find out more head to http://brightonsummit.com/