Refugee Support Europe To Speak at Summit

In this time of change and uncertainty, you can confidently stick one thing in your diary – Brighton Summit. A unique conference which brings together the city’s distinctive business community and is the highlight of Brighton Chamber’s events programme.

The theme this year is ‘Embracing the unknown’ and this year Paul Hutchings will be telling his story of collaboration in challenging situations. Paul provided refugee aid in Greece through a company he founded ‘Refugee Support Europe’

The Summit will be held on Friday 13 October at The Clarendon Centre in central Brighton. 

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Attendees listening to keynote speaker Camilla Stephens, Higgidy, at the 2016 Brighton Summit conference Simon Callaghan Photography











The general 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 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 10 am!

How did it all begin? 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. It was a huge success and it has become an annual fixture – although each one is unique…

What happens at the event? There are top quality speakers (previous speakers include Sam Roddick, Gandy’s Flip Flops, Luke Johnson and Higgidy). There 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 as always, there will be delicious food and drinks throughout the day.

Who will be there this year? The event is for anyone with an eye on the future, looking to improve and grow their business. Attendees of the previous four years include entrepreneurs, CEOs, freelancers, managers and employees from all different sectors and size businesses. Over 100 business people have already booked their ticket – without any speakers or workshops announced!

Earlybird tickets are now on sale .
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Attendee and sponsor Cardens Accountants Partner, Victoria Mason said, Cardens have sponsored all five Brighton Summits and for good reason. It is a superb event for businesses of all sizes and an event we look forward to each year.”