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What do you need to bring to Brighton Summit?  

As with any Brighton Chamber event, you’ll be well looked after with regular caffeine, snack and food breaks from some of the best local suppliers around (no need to pack that emergency KitKat), but there are a few things you might want to think about bringing ahead of the day, to make sure you get the most out of coming along.  

Cue your Summit Survival Kit. Everything you need to know, or bring, to the Summit on 20 October. Whether you’re new to the Summit, or a Summit aficionado, read on for your essentials list.  

We’ll start with an easy one – business cards or a virtual alternative

Bring your business cards or a virtual alternative so that you can follow up with all those great connections and new people you’ve met at the Summit.  

If you’ve gone paperless and don’t have business cards, take a screenshot of your LinkedIn QR code for easy, paperless connections. Remember who you spoke to and dazzle them with your LinkedIn prowess and mastery of technology. (Here’s a link in case you haven’t done it before.)

Plus, Summit sponsors like to do raffles and giveaways on their stands – bring some business cards, and you might win something too! There are some pretty good ones in the works for this year.  

Wear. Comfy. Shoes.

You’ll spend the day buzzing around from workshop to speaker session to lunch to networking. Some of the sessions you can choose from this year include a walk up to the University’s Rewilding Lab, seated sports, and a short jaunt away from the Attenborough Centre to see robotics in action.  

So, wear something you’ll be comfortable in all day. Maybe draw the line at slippers, though.  

Speaking of seated sports…

Don’t forget to have a look at what’s on before you get there. When you arrive, you’ll get to choose a workshop, a Being HOUR, and a speaker session.  

Have a browse through the schedule here before you arrive, and ear mark something you might like to try. We’ve also got a one-minute rundown of each session type, so you know what it all means, here.  

Go analogue, bring a pen and paper

You’ll be meeting people, learning new things, getting inspired and thinking – ah! If only I had a pen to jot that down.  

So, go old school, bring a pen and paper. You’ll leave with a notebook full of ideas, learning and inspiration. 

Brush up on your networking skills

Our theme this year is Human, so think about how you’ll connect with other humans on the day! Events like the Summit aren’t about hearing someone’s sales pitch. It’s about getting to know like-minded people and connecting over shared experiences.  

There are plenty of breaks and moments to meet new people throughout the day, and it’s so buzzy it won’t even feel like ‘networking’. Just good conversation about all the brilliant speakers and sessions you’re looking forward to, or have heard, throughout the day.  

Need some tips? Here are our five top tips to getting the most out of networking. 

Get social

Let people know you’ll be coming to Brighton Summit before the day, so you know who to keep an eye out for.

We’ll also be using #BrightonSummit on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – so remember to share photos, use the hashtag, and tag us. We’d love to see what you get up to at the Summit.

Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up

Not something to do before the Summit, but it’s worth slipping in a reminder. We’ve heard so many stories of business relationships that have gone well beyond the day itself (check out our Born at Brighton Summit blog for FOMO inspiration).

Collect those business cards, have brilliant conversations – but don’t forget the follow-up. The Chamber team usually do theirs sat in a dark room, recovering from the post-Summit adrenaline rush.

Last but certainly not least – come with an open mind

Choose something on the day that you might not normally go for. Try something outside of your comfort zone. Set yourself a challenge. Go on, surprise yourself.


PS – don’t forget to bring your re-usable coffee cup, and a waterbottle!


Hannah Jackson is Membership & Marketing Manager at Brighton Chamber. Find out more about the Chamber by heading over to

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