The Chamber and your business in the next six months
Updated 4 March
Now that we can see a path out of lockdown, we can also take stock of just how far we have adapted our businesses over the last twelve months, and how we want to live and work going forwards.
Brighton Chamber has been at full speed for twelve months and has a packed programme scheduled for the next six plus.
Since March, we’ve run 40 expert-led sessions on everything from Bounce Back Loans, Furlough, cashflow, contract and commercial law. These are continuing and upcoming Q&As including March’s Budget and the new rules on IR35. These sessions are open to all businesses in the city and free to attend.
We are running 12 - 15 regular virtual events each month and attendees frequently tell us this online training and networking is working well for them. We’ve taken the decision to continue with a selection of online events as a permanent feature, and we are planning to start some physical events from July.
For something unique and special, we are hosting a second Brighton Base Camp in April. Affectionately known as Brighton Summit’s younger sibling, this online event with its inspiring speakers, workshops and networking sessions will leave you feeling motivated and empowered for the year ahead.
A firm favourite, our networking breakfasts are suitable for everyone. We build in plenty of time for making valuable connections, and recent applauded speakers include Neil Witten and Eugenie Teasley.
Our next Big Debate, in May, asks ‘Could this be the best time to start or build a business in Brighton?’
You can browse the whole calendar here.
For exporters and businesses dealing with EU transition the From Brighton with Love programme continues until July and is free to take part.
We are partnering with the Business & IP Centre and always possible to deliver Reset. Restart - a series of free workshops each month until the end of May. Based on the Business Model Canvas they are designed to help businesses impacted by Covid to adapt.
Right now, a challenge for us all is to spread the word about how and where businesses can get the help they need. We have a page of available support here for you to share with friends and colleagues.
Being Brighton, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of examples of business owners and professionals in the Chamber and other networks who are generously offering advice.
We’re in regular contact with Brighton Council and Coast to Capital, enabling us to share timely news and information with members about grants and funding and get answers to your questions about what support is available, and who is eligible.
We’ll be providing an update on the business community, the economy and the city at our next Brighton Chamber and Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership City Event in June.
The Chamber team make introductions and referrals and signpost to support and advice. We’ll be introducing new ways for you to do this via our website over the next few months.
We’d like to hear how you are doing and if you’re seeking support or you have help and expertise you’d like to share, please do get in touch.