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Brighton Summit: Unite – back in-person, and bigger than before

Brighton Summit is probably our favourite event in the business calendar (apart from ones where we win awards :insert wink emoji:).

We were particularly excited about this one as it was the first in-person Summit since 2019 and the theme Unite – about coming together and collaborating – is fundamental to our mission as a company. In fact, what does better collaboration look like? is one of our 5 Big Questions.

Our CEO Richard Freeman and Associate Emma Mills-Sheffield are involved in the creation and curation of the Summit each year. This year Richard gave an inspired keynote speaker suggestion – Baroness Floella Benjamin – who the Chamber secured.

The room of more than 300 businesses and entrepreneurs were rapturous when Floella (and former Play School companion Humpty) took to the stage. Her powerful talk took the audience on a journey from Trinidad via Beckenham and the BBC to the House of Lords, the Queen and Barack Obama.

Love and childhood were the big themes of her headlining keynote. Floella has dedicated her TV and later political life to looking after children and trying to make life better for them.

For a full recap of this inspirational and emotional keynote read the Chamber blog from Barney Durrant, Director of Bluebell Digital.

Between the keynotes from Baroness Benjamin, Rachel Watkyn – Tiny Box Company and Mike Adams – Purple, there was a mind-boggling array of workshops on offer. Our Events & Engagement Lead, Steph, enjoyed workshops with Insight Agents’ Sam Knowles and Jack Maddalena of Naurt. She also learnt to circle dance!

“This was my first time attending a Brighton Summit, what a unique event it is. How many business events feature meditation, crocheting, circle dancing and exploring kindness in the workplace?!”

Stephanie Danvers, always possible

Check out some of the 2022 highlights below (the eagle-eyed among you might spot our Steph). We’re not sure that this one can be topped (I think we say this every year) but we’re very much looking forward to what Brighton Summit 2023 will bring.

Do any of these questions resonate with you?

The 5 Big Questions:

Measuring change How do you measure the impact of what you do?

Ready for anything - future proofingHow should people/businesses be preparing for the future?

Skills, talent & opportunityHow do we build the workforce we need for that future?

Embedded innovationHow do you use creativity to solve problems?

Bold connections, collaborationHow do you collaborate?