BLOG: Uniting at the Brighton Summit

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?

Latest posts
NEWS: Modern Slavery in Sussex – new webinar series
NEWS: Modern Slavery in Sussex – new webinar series

NEWS: Modern Slavery in Sussex webinar series Changing the Conversation around anti-modern slavery  In a continuation of our stakeholder communities work with The University of Sussex we bring you a new series of 5 Changing the Conversation webinars on Modern...

read more
NEWS: We’re hiring – Project Officer 2x job vacancies
NEWS: We’re hiring – Project Officer 2x job vacancies

NEWS: We're hiring! Project Officer (x2) Come and join an award-winning teamProject Officer Contract details: 2x positions - one full time, one part time 30 hours per weekLocation: Home based, with some meetings in Sussex.Salary: £25,000 - £27,540 pa, pro rata +...

read more
CASE STUDY: Recover & Rise Digital Accelerator
CASE STUDY: Recover & Rise Digital Accelerator

Case Study: Events, Engagement & FacilitationWSCC Recover & Rise Digital Accelerator  ContextAs part of West Sussex County Council’s (WSCC) Economy Reset Plan 2020-2024. The Recover and Rise programme was introduced to find an engaging approach to...

read more
NEWS: UKRIO has launched 4 year strategy
NEWS: UKRIO has launched 4 year strategy

NEWS: UKRIO launches 4-year strategyFollowing a 6-month project with always possible, the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) have launched their new 4-year strategy. UKRIO is an impressive and well-respected national charity. Their work underpins high quality...

read more
PODCAST: 5 Big Questions – CAROLYNN BAIN
PODCAST: 5 Big Questions – CAROLYNN BAIN

5 Big Questions: CAROLYNN BAIN  Why will intentionality change the world? How do we challenge word of mouth book recommendations?  And what is the difference between not-racism and anti-racism? In this week’s 5 Big Questions interview we talk to book shop owner,...

read more