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Brighton Business Expo 2020

  • Thursday 22nd October 2020
    10am - 3pm
  • Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Sussex, BN2 9XZ
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You can attend any of the event's keynote speakers or business seminars for free, when you pre-register for free tickets for the business show online. Don't miss the UK’s top business speakers and leading industry experts as they talk and discuss everything you need to know and offer you their invaluable experiences, tips and secrets to help you start or grow a business.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
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Breakfast Networking with Network My Club

Hosted by Network My Club


8:00 am

10:00 am

Breakfast Networking

Join Network my Club at Brighton Racecourse for the pre Brighton Business Expo networking breakfast! Enjoy the chance to make new contacts with exhibitors and visitors, all before an opportunity to visit the Brighton Business Expo which will open following the breakfast! We anticipate this breakfast will be very popular as exhibitors & visitors will be networking before the Expo starts so book early… Book your place on the breakfast networking (£20 + VAT per person, plus booking fee)

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
LIVE PANEL DEBATE

Lester Pratt

There’s no such thing as a stupid question.


10:35 am

10:55 am

Seminar

Seminar Room

As MD of Pratt Digital Lester is an experienced digital marketing professional with a focus on paid search and paid social. He has always been passionate about making sure SMEs get access to the same level of expertise afforded to those with bigger budgets. Pratt Digital was set up to help local businesses get the most out of their marketing budget and avoid the common pitfalls that are easy to fall into. As a certified Google Partner agency they are always up to date with the latest developments in this fast paced industry. There has never been a more exciting time for marketers. An increasing number of digital channels, targeting options, ad formats and technologies and it’s not slowing down any time soon. How do you know whether you are getting the most out of your digital campaigns? Whether you outsource to a digital agency or you manage it in house, knowing the right questions to ask can be tricky. Come along to this seminar and Lester will share a few agency insider secrets with you - the questions they love to be asked and why you should be asking them too.

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
LIVE PANEL DEBATE

Sally Gunnell OBE

Sally’s leading triumphs and incentives to keep pushing forward


11:00 am

11:30 am

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Theatre

Sally is a British former track and field athlete who won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 400m hurdles. She is the only female British athlete to have won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles, and still holds the British record over 25 years later. Since retiring from professional athletics, Sally has worked as a television presenter, predominantly for the BBC and is an active patron for a number of charities. Sally delivers talks on corporate health and wellbeing programmes sharing her athletics career to inspire and empower others. The synergy between sport and business has allowed Sally to get people to believe in their own ability and become the very best that they can be. In this talk Sally will tell her story as a professional athlete, and how she realised that the skills that helped her become an Olympic champion are just as relevant in helping her succeed as a business woman. Sally will explore the fundamental traits of winning, particularly focusing on mental attitude and goal setting. Learning how to emotionally perform at a high level does not come overnight, but by sharing her own experiences the audience will be able to translate them into their own lives.

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
LIVE PANEL DEBATE

Anna Golawski

Mental Health in the workplace - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure


11:35 am

11:55 pm

Seminar

Seminar Room

Anna Golawski is a leading Mental Health consultant and has over 20 years’ experience working for large corporates (including Harrods, IBM and Rolls Royce) and brings with her strong HR and commercial experience. Anna is particularly interested in helping corporate organisations and their employees to better manage stress and performance in the workplace. This session will look at the importance of good mental health in the workplace, why there is still so much stigma and discrimination around mental illness and what to say when you think someone maybe struggling.

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
LIVE PANEL DEBATE

Speed Networking

Slo-mo Networking


12:00 pm

12:30 pm

Speed Networking

Keynote Theatre

Do you like the concept of speed networking but find it a bit too, well…speedy? Join us for Slo-mo networking, a structured and business-focused event designed by Brighton Chamber. There’ll be small groups and you’ll move around answering key questions to help you create meaningful connections. It’s perfect if you want to build your network efficiently and spend your networking time productively.

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
LIVE PANEL DEBATE

Kristina Pereckaite

Why most businesses fail, and how to make sure you succeed


12:35 pm

12:55 pm

Seminar

Seminar Room

Why do so many startups fail? Is it luck? In some cases, perhaps. However, after working with 100s of businesses at different stages all at the brink of ‘making it’, Kristina has seen some key trends that correlate with failure or success of a new business. Based on this data, she will share her learnings with you around the 3 most common reasons business fail, and how you can avoid them. Kristina has worked with hundreds of innovators, disruptors and ambitious entrepreneurs from a range of industries supporting them to accelerate the growth of their business and to develop themselves as leaders. She has delivered workshops to startups both in the UK and internationally with the aim of helping them bridge the gap between ‘good idea’ and ‘sound business model’, and to develop a pitch that stands out. For the past few years, Kristina has been managing the NatWest Accelerator in Brighton (a fully funded programme for startups) and also frequently speaks at universities and schools to encourage young people into entrepreneurship. She is very passionate about supporting people to think bigger and take action.

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
LIVE PANEL DEBATE

Emma Pearce

SEO Masterclass - Demystify Search Engine Optimisation


1:00 pm

1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Theatre

This session will give you practical insights into local search engine optimisation (SEO). Learn about the essential steps required for your business to appear high in Google search results. If you don’t know where to start with your own SEO, or what to check if an outsourced SEO company is doing their job properly, you need to come along! Does your website appear on page 1 of Google if someone searches for the products/services you provide in the geographic area you serve? If not, your website investment has been largely wasted - it’s invisible. Your website should be bringing you in new leads. Most business owners do not know how to find out if their SEO has been done or not. But you will after this masterclass. Emma Pearce from Pearce Marketing will demystify SEO so you can feel confident moving forward. Emma is an experienced marketing consultant and has been running her marketing agency for over 10 years. SME business clients benefit from flexible, targeted and measurable marketing support. She has an excellent reputation as a speaker to business audiences on topics such as digital and traditional marketing, marketing planning, social media advertising and GDPR

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
LIVE PANEL DEBATE

Sandra Murphy

Success made simple - 10 Steps for business growth


1:35 pm

1:55 pm

Seminar

Seminar Room

Would you like to know how to quickly and clearly assess where your business is right now against where you want to be? Would you like to understand what steps you need to take to achieve breakthrough business growth and success. At the seminar you will learn how to: • Get clarity on your business vision and its effectiveness • Maximise your business capabilities • Stand out from the crowd • Find and exploit your competitive edge • Focus your marketing on the right customers • Manage and support the best people for your business • Understand the big picture and future proof your business Suitable for either start-ups, young or established businesses looking for growth, with our ten practical steps to success, you will waste no time in realising your full potential. Sandra Murphy spends her days helping SME’s to grow and thrive. With 25 years’ experience of setting up and successfully running small businesses, she has specific experience in Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations. She understands the challenges commonly faced by SME owners. “You rarely have the luxury of in-house specialist expertise, so can end up feeling that they have to do everything. And that makes for a lonely place. The challenge is not just finding time to stand back and take stock of where you are now and what you want to achieve, it’s also about how you’re going to get there.”

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
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Kerry Watkins

8 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy


2:00 pm

2:30 pm

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Theatre

Kerry's talk will take you through her tried and tested 8 steps to developing a social media strategy. You'll learn the key stages you need to think about to develop a strategy for your business and leave with a lot of tips and new ideas to make social media work for your business. Kerry Watkins is the founder and managing director of Social Brighton, a social media strategy, training & consultancy company that helps businesses use social for good. Kerry and her team develop organic and paid social media strategies for a range of clients from new business launches to household brands; local businesses to global organisations. Social Brighton are well known for their brilliant training courses and bespoke workshops as well as being very active on social media (obviously!)

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
PRE-EXPO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
FOCUS SEMINAR
SPEED NETWORKING
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Alison Kuhn

Leadership of the future


2:35 pm

2:55 pm

Seminar

Seminar Room

Alison specialises in sustainable behavioural change and change management. As an experienced speaker and facilitator Alison has successfully engaged with the heads of the UK construction industry and SAACI where she helps industry, organisations and individuals to realise their potential in the future's changing-landscape. Join Alison to learn how to develop your leadership skills so that you can navigate your organisation successfully and sustainably through the future’s changing landscape.

Please Note: You do not need to register for each seminar. All seminars and speed networking sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: If you would like to attend this session, you will need to register and buy tickets online in advance. Additional fees will apply.