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Base Camp is a virtual event packed with inspiring speakers, great networking, and fascinating workshops that will change the way you think. Although you’ll be joining remotely, you’ll be part of something exciting, intriguing, and welcoming.

Run by Brighton Chamber, Brighton Base Camp will replace this year’s Brighton Summit (which has moved to Oct 2021).

‘Why the bananas?’ Says CEO at Brighton Chamber Sarah Springford ‘Because we have all had a Covid-19 shaped banana thrown into our businesses this year. Brighton Base Camp will help you take stock, breathe new life into your businesses and prepare for what comes next’.

The Chamber is delighted to announce its first keynote speaker, Adam Joolia, chief executive of AudioActive, a groundbreaking, highly influential music organisation which specialises in technology and contemporary youth culture. Adam will be interviewed by event MC James Dempster, and this session certainly promises to be lively and engaging.

Adam is a man who dislikes the conventional and actively thrives on difficult situations, which is just as well as he forged his career in Nottingham, working in alternative education and youth music projects during the emergence of the Grime scene. It was a difficult period for the city, rife with gun and gang violence. Engaging with young people there meant devising approaches that were both creative and innovative.

It’s a way of working that’s been crucial to his role at AudioActive. Successful projects include the Electric Youth Ensemble as well as the child-to-parent violence intervention Break4Change, which Adam designed with RISE and Brighton & Hove City Council.

AudioActive is now establishing the UK’s first Centre of Excellence to develop talent in marginalised and underrepresented young artists, with Adam firmly at the helm.

Lockdown for Audio Active has resulted in all employees being retained on full hours, with new staff recruited too. Turnover has almost tripled in the last two years.

Adam will talk about how the success he’s achieved with AudioActive will shape its future. He’ll give an insight into how the company has inspired local businesses with shared values of community to collaborate in creating a better future through music.

If you’re a local comedy fan, you’ll know all about Stephen Grant, the resident compere at the Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club.

Stephen is one of the UK’s funniest, hardest working and most respected comedians, and a regular headliner at The Comedy Store in London’s Leicester Square. But there’s much more to Stephen than telling jokes. He’s equally at home as an MC, hosting corporate events and awards nights. He also voices animations, warms up TV audiences and presents radio shows. He even finds time to write for programmes ranging from Mock the Week to Stand Up For The Week, as well as a few other shows that don’t have week in the title.

As a keynote speaker at Brighton Base Camp, Stephen will tell us about his route into the comedy industry - how he reached the top and stayed there.

In a talk that promises to be surprising, serious, insightful and entertaining, Stephen will explain how diversifying has helped him protect himself in this unpredictable industry.

Comedy can be a cruel and volatile business with erratic fluctuations at the best of times - and that’s even when there isn’t a global pandemic raging. He’ll give us an insight into how current business approaches apply to a world that has its own rules.

Book your place here


A huge thank you to:
Media partners
Platinum Business Magazine
and Chimera Communications. Sponsors; Cardens Accountants, Shoreham Port, Cognitive Law , Let’s Do Business Group, Ingenio Technologies. Branding by Visual Function and Sandra Staufer, copy by The Sentence Works.

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