Summit will help businesses to face the future

Following a tumultuous 2016 Brighton Chamber of Commerce hopes to help the city's businesses prepare for the future at The Brighton Summit.

Saturday, 29th April 2017, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 4:49 am
Camilla Stephens from Higgidy shared her business journey at the Brighton Summit

The theme this year’s event is Embracing the Unknown and it will be held on Friday 13 October at The Clarendon Centre.

The focus is on helping businesses deal with the unfamiliar, seize new opportunities and take advantage of the altering landscape.

Sarah Springford, director of Brighton Chamber, said, “We work hard on our businesses to make them what we want them to be.

“Now more than ever we need to be agile and seize opportunities to achieve our goals.

“This year’s Brighton Summit will give delegates the tools and contacts to help them do just that.

“We’ve designed a programme to inspire and challenge and to get people thinking in different ways.”

The Chamber has said the main benefits attendees gave for taking part in last year’s Summit were the quality of the networking, speakers and workshops, food and drink and the surprise factor – now a firmly established ingredient of the event. With 350 attendees, the 2016 Summit featured three keynote speakers, four expert workshops, eight Desire Hour sessions and four thought-provoking panels.

Six venues were used, 1050 cups of coffee were consumed and the event started trending on Twitter by 10am!

The first Brighton Summit was held five years ago in 2013 to celebrate the Chamber’s centenary year.

The daughter of a local philanthropic entrepreneur asked the Chamber to help remember her father.

He’d been well known for his investment and support in the city. Seed funding enabled Brighton Chamber to take the plunge and put on a really big event, bigger and more ambitious than anything it had done before. Brighton Summit was born.

The event features top quality speakers (previous speakers include Sam Roddick, Gandy’s Flip Flops, Luke Johnson and Higgidy) and are expert workshops and panel discussions (this year includes one on Fake News).

There will be an Unknown Hour – where attendees get to try something completely different.

And there will be delicious food and drinks throughout the day.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale, visit

The Headline Sponsors of the event are Cardens Accountants.