Growing your business with the help of likeminded people.
This year, we were lucky enough to play an integral role in the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce annual Brighton Summit. Vicki Hughes, our founder and MD, took part in two panel debates and we also flexed our twitter muscles, live-tweeting the conversations and interviews for all those who couldn’t make it.
Designed to help guests grow their businesses, more than 300 business minds gathered to listen over 20 different sessions from local expert speakers. Sessions tackled all aspects of growth, from adapting your behaviour, to taking on new staff and managing your reputation.
Also appearing with Vicki, discussing how new business owners can grow and manage their reputation, were Miranda Birch, owner of Miranda Birch Media, SiteVisibility, CEO, Jason Woodford and Steve Bustin, media and communications
One key question was: What is reputation? All agreed reputation is what everybody is saying about you. In order to best manage it, make sure you define your message, what it is that makes you special – then hone your message and be consistent.
The discussion also led to some practical tips for the audience in what they could do to build their business brand after leaving the summit. Steve recommended setting up Google alerts or using mention to monitor your business and competitor brand mentions. Vicki focused on the importance of looking after your customers and the value in them acting as your ambassadors.
Later in the day, Small Batch Coffee Company executive chairman, Nigel Lambe, shared his experiences, in another enlightening session ‘No regrets’, with Arjo Ghosh and Nigel Berman.
Lambe spoke about taking a leap of faith when he left his corporate job and started working for a company that he soon realised was losing a quarter of a million. But he insisted that even if you make mistakes with money and make some bad decisions, you have to be driven by your ideas. The entrepreneur said: “If you have a good idea and are passionate, the money will take care of itself.”
Arjo focused on the importance of constantly breaking rules in business and learning from your mistakes, he said; “I wish I had carried on breaking rules like I did when I started out.”
There was so much to take from the day and from the wealth of speakers involved in the Summit. But the most significant thing I learnt from the day was just how many commercial minds we have in Brighton, doing great things for business in the city.
For more information on the Brighton Summit talks, speakers, and growing your business go to www.businessinbrighton.org.uk/events/brighton-summit.
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