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It’s been a tumultuous few years for businesses in Brighton and beyond. But, teaming up and collaborating with each other epitomises everything that the Brighton business community is about. 

In 2018, the Summit explored new ways of working and challenged you to Look up. In 2019, we dared you to Crack on, step up and just get on with it. 

When Covid happened, we adapted, filling the gap with a virtual Base Camp Bananas and Base Camp En Route. Now we’re back in person, we’re looking at how we can Unite. How we can motivate, be inspired, talk and listen – and link together to improve everything really – our businesses, our lives and those of others. 

Who’s the Summit for? 
Brighton Summit is a day for everyone in and around Brighton who wants to evolve and grow their business. Whether you’re a big business CEO, a not-for-profit, an entrepreneur or an employee, the Summit is for you. 

And, we’re bringing you the Summit from a new venue 
Brighton Summit: Unite is at a new venue this year, the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Sussex. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre on campus, and focus on getting the most out of the day at an amazing venue. 

What to expect 
As always, the Summit will offer unrivalled opportunities to connect, communicate and combine with like-minded businesses.

With over 300 businesses and entrepreneurs from across our city’s diverse business community, there’s plenty of time built in for networking at every turn. 

We’ve also got a line-up of inspiring speakers, expert-led workshops and energising discussions (plus plenty of snacks, food and caffeine to keep you energised!) throughout the day. 

Speaking of which we have announced our first keynote speaker as…

Baroness Floella Benjamin: No half measures 

You’d be hard-pressed to think of anyone who embodies the word ‘Unite’ more than Baroness Floella Benjamin. 

She’s a dame, author, actress, politician, campaigner, and former Playschool presenter, on a mission to make a better world. Arriving in the UK from Trinidad in 1960, she found Britain bleak and unwelcoming. At 16, her parents couldn’t afford to keep her on for A Levels, so she had to leave school and get a bank job. She dreamed of becoming Britain’s first black female bank manager – but 50 years on that’s about the only thing she hasn’t achieved. 

Floella has been a member of the House of Lords since 2010, speaking out about diversity, equality and women’s issues, advocating for the wellbeing, care and education of children across the globe. And, this year she’s also celebrating 51 years in the entertainment industry. 

At Brighton Summit: Unite, Floella will share her story of coming to Britain as a schoolgirl, the huge culture shock she experienced, and how her resilience, humour, social conscience, and Playschool, have helped her to become one of the most influential women in the UK. 

With thanks to our headline sponsor Cardens Accountants, our sustainability sponsor Paper Round, and to our event sponsors: A-plan Insurance, EMW Law, EQ Investors, Ingenio Technologies, Psydro and University of Sussex.  

With thanks also to The Sentence Works for copy, illustration by Sandra Staufer, graphic design by Visual Function, website my Madison and print by Lollipop and to Platinum Media Group as our media sponsor.

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