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Announcing Brighton Summit’s opening keynote

Announcing Brighton Summit’s opening keynote

Brighton Summit’s opening keynote is Hannah Dawson, founder of Brighton based global business Futrli

Hannah owned and ran a successful pub in Devon before turning her hand to create a tech company that offers tools to help businesses take control of their finances, and ultimately, succeed. Futrli has taken the accounting world by storm. With 40,000 clients and now in over 130 countries we are keen to hear how she’s done it in just five years.

Two more speaker sessions have also been added:

Keeping afloat in challenging times

Chan, Dashal and Ezda Beevers are siblings and the co-founders of BeFries a business that originated in the family’s childhoods eating Belgian fries in Amsterdam. The three will talk about the development of their business and the introduction of new revenue streams – BeSaucy launched this summer to keep afloat in these challenging times.

The Rise of the Planet Z: How young people are changing things forever

You’ll find Lizzie Hodgson and Brandon Relph – the hosts of the popular podcast The ZX Spectrum, in conversation with two trailblazers aged under 25 will explore how the workplace will change with the emergence of a blended workforce of four generations, all with vastly different experiences and expectations.

With just one month to go – now is the absolutely the time to get your ticket (while still on general release),and join 100s of other for a this exciting day of networking, learning and inspiration.

“The Brighton Summit provides a unique combination of high-octane brainfood and low-intensity networking. It’s the best day you can spend out of the office all year, a great investment of time that always leaves me fizzing with new ideas and new collaborators to explore them with. To be strongly recommended.”

Sam Knowles, Insight Agents

You can book your ticket here

High growth business event – the future of sales, marketing and influencers is here

High growth business event – the future of sales, marketing and influencers is here

The focus of Brighton Chamber’s next event for high growth businesses will be marketing

We’ve all seen them. Brilliant people launching brilliant products or services that the customers absolutely need/want. And then in a year or so - or sometimes months - they disappear. Why?

Mostly it’s lack of cash. This lack of cash may be from lack of investment, but often that lack of investment has been caused by the same thing.

Regardless of how much you invest in fancy people, business plans, offices, shiny brands, unless customers buy what you’re marketing to them you’re dead.

This is the problem. In a lot of organisations sales and marketing is seen as either a poor relation, a block box of opaqueness that magically produces clients or two siloed divisions that are overpaid or spend too much money.

Our panel has been pulled together as a team of experts successfully driving forward their businesses with superlative marketing and sales. They’ve taken the old models and shaken them up into something that’s often scarcely recognisable.

Join us to:

• understand what a sophisticated marketing and sales ecosystem looks and feels like

• see how content marketing creates relationships both in advance of - and for a long time after the initial sales transaction

• learn how the age of influencer marketing is very much upon us - if not already evolving into something else

• establish what metrics, measures and analytics are vital to judge the effectiveness of the sales and marketing function

• understand the importance of organizational mission and purpose in sales and marketing

• marvel at the array of channels that must be pushed to drive total sales and marketing effectiveness

And there’ll be time for discussion and questions, facilitated by Si Conroy from Scarlet Monday.

Our panellists include:

• Dr Dave Nicol, Founder of VetX

• Marlon Bouman, Head of Creative at All Conditions Media

• Myles Anderson, CEO and Co-founder of Bright Local

• Bethanie Mardon, Marketing Director at RocketMill

Join the discussion about what the future of sales and marketing looks like, and what this means for resourcing these roles. And consider with our panel whether Seth Godin’s assertion, ‘Marketing is the act of making change happen. Making is insufficient. You haven’t made an impact until you’ve changed someone’ is true.

Date: 19 September

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Barclays Eagle Labs, BN1 4QU


A new website and branding for Brighton Chamber

A new website and branding for Brighton Chamber

Brighton Chamber has just launched a new website and new brand.

CEO Sarah Springford said ‘It’s been six months in the making and after everyone’s hard work, we are very happy with the results. Members are telling us that they love the new services and products that we have created for them. The new website and brand better reflects who we are now, what we do and how we do it’

Take a look here.

The identity of Brighton Chamber is special – because Brighton itself is special – and we wanted our brand to reflect that. Designers REBORN worked closely with us to explore what we needed from the rebrand, and we called on Sam Knowles from Insight Agents to workshop all the many aspects of the Chamber and tease out the key stories we needed to tell. We involved our members at every stage.

Andrew Thomas, director at REBORN, said: "The time was right for a rebrand for Brighton Chamber. The public facing image needed to be aligned with the energy and enthusiasm of the Chamber culture. Typographically, we went for something friendly and sophisticated. Brighton Chamber is a professional organisation but it’s also warm and vibrant, so the colour palette is fun but the monogram logo is more serious to reflect the nature of their work."

Madison Web Solutions have delivered a beautiful, functional and slick new website which not only looks great but provides effective new services for members and practical solutions for the team behind the scenes. Judy Yorke from The Sentence Works crafted our website copy and a team of members helped us with testing and feedback throughout the project.

Not only does the site have a completely fresh look, but it delivers new services and features too. Here’s a few things you’ll notice about the new site:

Member Hour - The Member Hour is an opportunity to get free, personal help or advice from another Brighton Chamber member. It helps members connect directly with people in the membership who want their services. Equally, if members have an expertise that they want to showcase and share then it’s an excellent way to promote their services and give something back.

A strong on-line presence for members - The profile pages have been transformed. Using the custom-built Profile Wizard, members can create a profile page to be proud of. New functionality enables customized pages with images, a cover photo and video media. So it’s great for SEO.

We hope you enjoy browsing and if you’d like to be part of the Brighton Chamber business community and would like to find out more get in touch with Amy Lishman at

New Board members join Brighton Chamber

New Board members join Brighton Chamber

At Brighton Chamber’s AGM last week, four new Board members were elected by the members.

Thy were Sam Knowles from Insight Agents, Andrew Thomas from REBORN, Jo Crease from Brighton & Hove Impetus and Sara Bassett from Shoreham Port


Sam Knowles, Insight Agents

A communicator in his 30th year of practice, Sam Knowles is the Founder & MD of Lewes-based storytelling consultancy Insight Agents. Sam specialises in using numbers, data, and statistics as the foundation stones of powerful, purposeful, and above all impactful stories. Originally a Classicist, he holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from Sussex, the source of his understanding of human motivation and behaviour and his love of working with data.

Sam’s purpose is to help businesses sound like people and talk in that rarest and most refined of corporate dialects: Human. In 2018, Routledge published his first book for business: Narrative by Numbers to critical acclaim. It will be followed in 2020 by the sequel How To Be Insightful, also from Routledge. Sam is a sought-after trainer, keynote speaker, facilitator, and podcaster. He is co-founder and co-host of the Small Data Forum podcast.

Brighton Chamber has shattered Sam’s lifelong skepticism about chambers of commerce. A member since 2017, Sam has run Bite-size Learning sessions for the Chamber and was one of the curators of the Brighton Summit in 2018. There he ran a 120-strong workshop on telling stories with data. Sam joined the board in January 2019 and is a passionate supporter of the Chamber, talking it up to everyone who’ll listen.

Andrew Thomas, REBORN

Andrew has a lifelong passion for design and how it can improve people’s lives. He is a founder and Creative Director of Brighton based creative agency REBORN. The company formed in 2016 and has a sister agency based in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to this he worked for 10 years in various creative agencies in Bristol, London and Sydney. He also has experience in working in-house for global companies helping them build design teams of their own.

Outside of work he enjoys staying active and preforms stand up comedy. He’s already very involved in the Chamber having worked on projects such as Ride the Wave and The Summit 2018. Also REBORN are currently developing a new brand for the Chamber which is set to launch later on this year.

Andrew told us: “Being part of the Chamber has helped introduce me to Brighton and many business owners that work here. I’m looking forward to being on the board and offering assistance and insight where I can.”

Jo Crease, Brighton & Hove Impetus

Jo has been CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus since 2012, an award-winning loneliness and isolation charity that creates connections that change lives through befriending, social prescribing and volunteering services in Brighton, Hove and beyond, and by sharing ideas and expertise nationally. Prior to that she worked in charities and Government in both the UK and Australia.

Jo sees the charity as a social business, investing in its people and the raw ingredients to do their job, but creating change rather than a product or a service. As a business, Impetus faces many of the same challenges as commercial businesses, and she has had the happy experience of working with many brilliant Brighton & Hove businesses to share knowledge about meeting those challenges.

Outside of work she is experiencing the joys and woes of being a first time allotment holder this year, loves sewing and making, exploring wild outdoor places and can often be seen running or cycling along the seafront (the only way to commute).

Jo said: “We’ve been a member of the Chamber for 5 years, and I always find the connections and inspiration I need. I’m looking forward to joining the Board and helping lead the Chamber in the future.”

Sara Bassett, Shoreham Port

Sara is Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Shoreham Port. Prior to joining the Port she gained over 12 years’ experience working within financial services and commercial accountancy for companies such as LloydsTSB, American Express, Cytyc UK Limited and Independent Growth Finance.

As Finance Director, Sara is responsible for setting the financial strategy of the Port, managing the Port’s finance team and working with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure the Port’s assets are fully utilized and maximizing revenue streams.

Sara is also Company Secretary to Sussex Port Forwarding Limited, The Port of Shoreham Trustee Company Limited and Shoreham Port Developments and Investments Limited. Sara is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Chamber Ambassador too.

Sara commented: “Sitting on the Board of Shoreham Port Authority has given me a wealth of experience, which I look forward to sharing with the Chamber Board. The Chamber is an exciting organisation and I look forward to working with the other Board Members in driving the Chamber forward.”

The Chamber’s CEO Sarah Springford explains that ‘The members of the Board are critical to the success of the Chamber. They generously give their time, skills and contacts. They are busy people running their own businesses which makes what they do for their business community even more impressive’.

Standing down and thanked were Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust, Chris Ford form Brighton & Hove Bus Co and Frances Duncan from the Clock Tower Sanctuary.

To find out more about Brighton Chamber, the Board and what’s coming up in the year ahead, see their website here

First Base announces partnership with Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce

First Base announces partnership with Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce

Mixed-use property developer First Base, owners of Edward Street Quarter, the £120m redevelopment of the ex-AMEX HQ, has today announced a partnership with Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.

The two organisations will collaborate on a series of breakfast discussion events with local business representatives invited to share ideas and discuss how businesses in Brighton can be better supported in their quest for growth.

The first in the series will be held on Thursday 25 July, focused on the tech sector. Future events will include design and the leisure, tourism, culture and food sectors.

Liam Ronan-Chlond commented: “we’re delighted to announce our partnership with the Brighton Chamber. We’re looking forward to hearing from a variety of representatives from different business sectors to discuss what support they need to grow their business in the city.”

“Brighton is gaining a reputation as the Silicon Beach of the UK. In order to keep that, the many small tech businesses in the city will need to grow and develop. We’re hoping to be able to support that growth – not only with additional workspace – and we’d love to know what that could look like.”

Sarah Springford, CEO of the Brighton Chamber explained: “We’re excited to see what comes out of these breakfasts. We know there are challenges to growing a business in Brighton, but there are also a multitude of opportunities. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with First Base who are clearly keen to invest in the city.”

Edward Street Quarter is the largest commercial development in central Brighton in 25 years, with 110,000 sq ft of commercial space, 39,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units,168 new residential homes and three new public spaces.

For more information, please visit

Chamber Event - High Growth - the dream of digital products and services

High Growth - the dream of digital products and services

Brighton Chamber’s next event in the series for High Growth businesses is the dream of digital products and services

It’s on Tuesday 25 June at Barclays Eagle Lab.

It’s been the dream of entrepreneurs through the ages: create something and then sit back and count the money it earns you. From apps to SaaS and beyond, the modern software money makers have a lure that continually draw people to try and monetise their niche expertise.

But is all that glitters gold? Our panellists will take you through their experiences and you will leave far more realistic about how to achieve the dream.

Our panel includes:

Annabel Dunstan, Founder and CEO of Question and Retain

Rachel King, Marketing Director at Breathe HR

Rebecca Kimber, CEO of

Chris Palk, Managing Director of dabapps

We’ll be discussing:

• How to identify what will work and what will fail

• The digital journey: a realistic roadmap from niche expertise to successful digital product

• The reality: rarely do we see inside successful digital product businesses. How different are they from ‘normal businesses?’

• Software funding. We are led to believe that with a good idea, a capable developer and a bit of luck we can start to journey down the digital goldmine. What’s missing? Cash, and lots of it.

• SaaS Sales & Marketing: prepare to meet one of the most rapidly evolving creatures in the business jungle, but don't necessarily expect to be able to recognise it as anything you've already experienced.

• Reboot. It’s important to stand back and consider the bigger picture. There are some interesting arguments against going down the Digital Products and Services route. Prepare to shift your perspectives....

Asking the questions will be Si Conroy from Scarlet Monday

Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion with great networking, drinks and canapés thrown in. We expect you to come away from the event both challenged and with a clear implementable action list to take back to your business.

Thank you to our sponsors Plus Accounting and Barclays Eagle Lab Brighton and photo by Sarah Bennett

Find out more and book your tickets here

You can join Brighton Chamber’s mailing list here

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:

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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:

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!

To make sure you don’t miss the Chamber’s next event, join the mailing list here:

Photo thanks to Simon Callaghan photography


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

You can join Brighton Chamber’s mailing list here

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


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

‘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:
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