Plan for the day – Let’s Do Business Brighton 2019

All set for 13th June? There will be lots to see and experience at the Amex Stadium when the expo comes around, so we’ve summarised some important info and things you won’t want to miss!

Not already pre-registered to visit? Visitor registration has now closed, however you can still turn up on the day and register at reception. If you’re an exhibitor and haven’t received your marketing pack or exhibitor letter, please email us. The exhibition will open to visitors at 10am and will finish at 4pm.

Seminar Schedule

Seminars will take place in the Gap Solutions Lounge on the first floor. There will be regular announcements prior to discussions and talks starting, but please get in early to avoid disappointment. The schedule for the day is as follows:

10.15-10.45 – Switchplane: The future of social media: what’s next?

11.00-12.00 – Discussion panel: Funding Innovation

12.15-12.45 – Clean Growth UK: Cleaner and greener innovation in business

13.00 – 14.00 – Discussion Panel: Accessing Innovation Support

14.15-14.45 – Showstorm: Virtual and augmented reality 101

Break out area

Exhibitors and visitors are welcome to use our break out area to work quietly, catch up with emails or take important phone calls. We ask that noise is kept to a minimum in this area to allow others to work. If you wish to arrange a meeting or catch up please visit the café area where additional seating is provided.

Innovation zone

The innovation zone will be open all day and is free to visit. You’ll have the chance to experience the latest cutting edge technologies and speak to experts in innovation and business.

In our innovation zone, you’ll find:

  • Virtual reality
  • A prototype of Quantum: the computer that could change our lives
  • Interactive discount rickshaw
  • Information on innovation in education and the workplace plus lots more!

If you need assistance on the day, please head to the reception desk where one of the team will be pleased to help.

Finally…don’t forget to tag us in your expo posts on social media; we’ll be tweeting on @letsdobusiness1 and @prgpublicity throughout the day!

The Brighton Innovation Zone, sponsored by East Sussex College Group, will offer visitors and exhibitors the chance to watch, try out and discuss some of the most exciting new developments available, as well as discover what support is available to help your business embrace innovation.

We’re pleased to announce that currently confirmed for our sold out Brighton Innovation Zone are:

Stand I1:  Brighton Innovation Zone sponsor East Sussex College Group

East Sussex College Group will be joining the Brighton innovation zone as sponsors and exhibiting on stand 11. East Sussex College Group will also be joining our afternoon panel. You can meet our Innovation Zone sponsor to hear about Industry Placements and why East Sussex College Group sees them differently; as win-win-wins for businesses, colleges and students.

Stand I3: Greenfo- introducing the interactive rickshaw

We’re pleased to welcome Greenfo to the Brighton Innovation Zone at this year’s exhibition. The leading discount company will be bringing their interactive rickshaw. The company offers advertising opportunities to Brighton businesses on the streets of the city. Member businesses offer deals to the public via this innovative method – visit owner Benjamin on stand 13 to find out more.

Stand I4 & l5: University of Sussex – the computer that could change our lives and technology you can touch and smell but not see!

We’re pleased to announce that the University of Sussex will be joining our innovation zone at this year’s Brighton exhibition. There will be a chance to get hands on with a prototype of Quantum: The computer that could change our lives. Sussex scientists have invented a ground breaking method that places the construction of a large scale Quantum computer within reach of current technology. Come and quiz their experts to find out more!

You’ll also be able to hear about technology you can touch and smell but not see – interactivity for all the senses! There will also be information available about robotics and machine learning as well as new ways to learn including Fintech courses and online distance learning. Visit the University of Sussex on stand I4 for more info!

Stand I6: Switchplane

Stand I6 will be hosted by custom software specialists Switchplane Ltd. Come and say hi to the team, and learn how their software innovations have freed up significant time for clients.  They are focused on helping medium-sized organisations scale up by building software to solve their specific business challenges.

Switchplane also offer Digital Marketing consultancy, and will be delivering the first seminar of the day at 10.15am exploring ‘The Future of Social Media’. Don’t miss speaker Garry James (Switchplane’s Digital Marketing Manager and published marketing author) uncovering how social media will change for your business in 2020 and what you should be doing in preparation.

Stand I7: Showstorm – Exclusively revealing All Senses Immersion!

Leading virtual and augmented reality company Showstorm will be exhibiting. You can visit Showstorm on stand 17. Managing Director Mark Bellinger will be on hand to exclusively reveal a new innovation – the launch of Showstorm’s unique ASI™ (All Senses Immersion) Virtual Reality Experience.

Mark is inviting exhibitors and visitors to try out the new experience. He says “”There is no point trying to explain VR to people, they simply have to experience it for themselves, it’s a bit like taking the Red Pill in the Matrix, it is the only way to understand the truth and power of Virtual Reality.” Mark will also be giving a seminar at the exhibition at 2pm entitled “Virtual & Augmented Reality 101′ – Everything your business needs to know & how to take an unfair advantage over your competition”. This is one not to be missed!

Stand I8: Green Growth Platform

University led initiative Clean Growth UK is launching in Brighton, exclusively at Let’s Do Business 2019. The Brighton Innovation Zone will play host to the launch where advisors will be on hand to discuss how businesses can help tackle a very timely issue; climate change. The initiative is made up of three Universities; Brighton, Portsmouth and Liverpool John Moores.

Zoe Osmond, Director of Green Growth Platform will also be speaking at 3pm at the exhibition. The team from Clean Growth UK will be on stand I8 throughout the day to discuss what support is available for innovation, plus how businesses can help tackle climate change. They will also be joined by some other exciting innovators including Bamford’s waterblade, PowerQuad, Yandiya Technologies and Giga Turbines.

Stand I11 & Stand I12: West End

West End is an innovative UK business with local roots and a global reach. They are a company of forty uniquely skilled individuals in the event and production industry, making one formidable team. They have evolved with their predominantly pharmaceutical-based clients over the last forty years to establish a first-class studio facility of nearly 4,000 sqm in Eastbourne. If events, production and media are part of your business, be sure to visit them on Stand I11-12 and make an appointment to tour their studios!

Their offices are home to experienced project managers and technicians for events, creative designers and writers, dedicated edit suites, a world class animation and motion graphics department, graphic design and large format digital print studios, print finishing, set fabrication including modular aluminium, composites, joinery, spray shop, engineering and electronics, not to mention one of the largest green screen film studios south of London.

West End also have a comprehensive AV dry-hire business with a vast array of modern stock including HD projection, vision mixing consoles, LED lighting, LED walls, large 4K touch screens, high-powered graphic PCs, PAs, mics, and sound desks. And all under one roof… it’s an astonishing place!

As part of the Innovation Zone, the team will be discussing their development lab working in VR, AR, MR, mobile and web-based solutions, as well as showcasing their cutting-edge RFID wristbands.

D1 & D2: Ram Peripherals

RAM Peripherals will be joining our Brighton Innovation Zone on stands d1 & D2. They will be bringing their CraftBot Plus which has won several awards for its ease of use, print and build quality. It is a machine that schools/universities favour as its reasonable price allows them to purchase good technology within their budget. Recently, CraftBot have partnered with PrintLab curriculum, which means that the machine is available with a curriculum that teachers can use to integrate 3D printing into their lesson plans with greater ease and support.

The CraftBot 3 is the first dual extruder machine in the range, and is geared towards universities and the professional market. It is an open source machine, giving the flexibility to use other whatever filament you desire. Once again, this machine has been priced to allow affordability.

You can also find out more about the dddrop 3D printer is a professional machine marketed towards the professional market. This is a state of the art professional desktop printer capable of high volume high precision prints and / or rapid printing with layer height of up to 750micron.

Also in the innovation zone are:

Stand I2: Enterprise Europe Network

Stand I9: Sussex Innovation Centre

Stand I10: 3D Media Solutions

Fancy visiting the innovation zone for FREE on June 13th? Pre-register for speedy access today!

One of the highlights of our B2B expos has always been our exhibition speakers and seminars. Over the years we’ve had high profile business leaders including Dragon’s Den stars Levi Roots and Trunki founder Rob Law talk about their rise to business success.

Given the current economic climate and uncertainty around BREXIT, this year’s seminars will focus on ways to futureproof your business’ offering as well as the overall Brighton expo theme of innovation. New for 2019 are our lively panel discussions where you will not only hear from industry experts but you can pick their brains too in the panel Q & As.

Our exhibition speakers for 2019

This year, we want to give businesses of all sizes their say about business in the South East. Here’s the full list of exhibition speakers for our Brighton exhibition this year:

10.15-10.45 – Switchplane: The future of social media, what’s next?

With the recent news that Lush is removing their business from social media, despite millions of followers across their platforms, social media and its usage have come under scrutiny recently. We’ll hear from marketing gurus Switchplane who will discuss the future of social media and ask what’s next? One you won’t want to miss!

11.00-12.00 – Discussion Panel: Funding Innovation

Brand new for 2019 are our discussion panels, aimed at encouraging audience participation and engagement. The funding innovation session includes five experts on hand including:

  • Lorraine Bell from Green Growth Platform, University of Brighton. Lorraine will be joining the panel to discuss access to University funding

 

  • Simon Bulteel Director of Cooden Tax Consulting will be joining us for the discussion which will include expert comment on R & D Tax Credits. Simon will be covering the basics of Research and Development Tax Credits and exploring how it interacts with the funding offerings of his fellow panellists

 

  • Dr Bryan Hanley, a specialist at Knowledge Transfer Network. The Role of KTN is to help business to create value from innovation. Their scope is broad and KTN work particularly at sectoral interfaces to maximise benefits, including The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which provides funding and support to UK businesses and is part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years

 

  • Rupert Rawcliffe, Founder of SRC Corporate Finance. Rupert is one of the region’s active tech investors and dealmakers, based in Brighton but with an international black book of contacts and track record

 

  • Phil Coutanche, a Business Finance Specialist from the Let’s do Business Group. Phil is an expert in his field working with SME’s to find them the right type of finance to make their business ambitions achievable.

 

The discussion will be chaired by Quantuma’s Director of Corporate Finance Adrian Howells and will centre on how you can fund business innovation. Adrian works closely with both corporate clients as well as private equity houses, and focuses on deals within the lower and mid-markets. As a corporate finance specialist, his expertise includes assisting business owners and management teams in their buy and builds strategy, as well as providing debt advice.

12.15-12.45 – Clean Growth UK: Cleaner and greener innovation in business

Dr David Greenfield FCIWM, FRSA, CEnv of Social, Environmental & Economic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd will be speaking on behalf of Clean Growth UK. Dr Greenfield will be discussing how adopting clean and green business innovation can drive your business forward. Dr Greenfield is a government, public and private sector research and innovation advisor on Circular Economy, Waste & Resource management and Energy.

13.00-14.00 – Discussion Panel: Accessing Innovation Support

The second of our discussion panels will focus on accessing innovation support around the South East. The panel includes the following exhibition speakers:

  • Lou Williams, Growth Manager at Coast to Capital. Lou Is part of the Escalator programme, which is a Peer to Peer group programme for scaling businesses. The programme has been developed to enable business leaders to discuss and develop practical ways of unlocking barriers to growth. This programme will address the issues identified by the members including BREXIT.

 

  • Zoe Osmond, Director at Clean Growth UK. Zoe is part of the University of Brighton’s Clean Growth UK initiative. Clean Growth UK is a national business innovation network delivered via three regional hubs, including Green Growth Platform/University of Brighton.

 

  • Shirley Mansfield, Innovation Adviser at Enterprise Europe Network. Scared about innovation? Don’t be. Every business has it. But you might need help to uncover and monetise it. Come and find out more with Shirley on 13th

 

  • Simon Chuter, Innovation advisor from The Sussex Innovation Centre. Simon will be joining us to fill in the gaps on the why, the how and the what of the Sussex Innovation Centre.

 

  • Dan Shelley Executive Director: Strategic Partnerships and Engagement. Our Innovation Zone sponsor, East Sussex College Group, will be joining our afternoon panel to discuss industry Placements. East Sussex College Group sees them differently; as win-win-wins for businesses, colleges and students – let’s see if you agree!

The chair of this session will be Philip Johnson Director at Locate East Sussex. Philip’s extensive innovation experience has come through work at Black&Decker, 3M, Wilson Sporting Goods, Design Council, Patent Office and Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

14.15 – 14.45 Showstorm: Virtual and augmented reality 101

Mark Bellinger of leading VR and augmented reality providers Showstorm. Hear the Brighton based company talk about how to improve your customer experience and enhance sales via the use of cutting edge technology. Mark will be speaking at 2.15pm in his seminar titled “Virtual & Augmented Reality 101’’. You’ll also be able to get a live demo from Showstorm in our Innovation Zone. Visit them on stand 17 for more details.

Don’t forget all of our seminars are free to attend for both exhibitors and visitors alike. There’s no need to book but as ever, the sessions look set to fill up fast, so don’t forget to get in early if you’d like to attend and hear our exhibition speakers!

If you still haven’t registered to come along you can pre-register to visit the exhibition here . 

You can also read more about our speakers here.

Innovation is at the heart of every great business, and it’s also at the heart of what we all need to do tackle climate change. The need to find new ways of doing things has never been more pressing.

There’s a massive opportunity for businesses to be the drivers of environmental change. As a business owner, you’re in a unique position where the actions you take can have far-reaching influence.

Eco innovation

Innovation is defined as any new idea, device or method. It’s the ability to foresee a solution to a problem that nobody else has thought of. Eco innovation focuses on new ideas and concepts that address environmental impact, and deliver goals of sustainable and equitable societies and economies.

For a business, embracing eco innovation means taking a fresh look at everything the business does and thinking how it could be done differently.

This includes approaches that use natural resources more efficiently and responsibly, tackle the effects of climate change or reduce carbon emissions.

It’s not just about products

Innovation doesn’t just cover new products; it includes processes, services and business models as well. Airbnb is one of the most innovative business of recent years, but they didn’t invent homestays. They invented a business model and a process.

Embedding an innovation culture in your business

Integrating innovation into your business can be a challenge – just running on a business-as-usual basis can take up all of your time. How do you find space to experiment with new things? By its very nature, innovation is a risk. You’re putting time and resources into something that you’ve not done before.

Identify what type of innovation you want to foster

Depending on the type of business you have, you may be more suited to innovating around your products, services, processes or business model. Take the time to identify where you could do things differently, and in what area you could have the biggest impact.

Embracing innovation throughout the business means employees who aren’t in product development or customer facing roles can be empowered to think innovatively too. You might find opportunities to operate more efficiently where you least expect them.

Empower all employees

Try to empower individuals to embrace innovation and step outside the box. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all employees have the freedom to express ideas and the opportunity to present them to senior staff at the business.

It’s often the employees on the ground who have the insight into the changes that could have the biggest impact. Most of us will have heard the story of the Swan Vesta employee who suggested putting sandpaper on just one side of the match boxes, saving the company millions in manufacturing costs.

Incentivise

Traditional business models incentivise employees to perform well and deliver value for the company. If you want to innovate, you may have to forego some of your KPIs for a certain period of time.

Provide air to those willing to challenge traditional models and try out different ways of doing thigs. You could, for example, commit 10% of resources to innovation, and adjust your performance forecasts accordingly.

Enable as well as empower

For an idea to get off the ground, people need to have the tools to take it from a concept to something that will actually be put into practice.

If you really want to get your business innovating, you could provide training for staff on how to pitch their ideas, how to prepare a business case and how to consider the impact of ideas on all areas of the business.

Collaborate, and make use knowledge around you

There’s a wealth of resources out there for businesses that want to innovate, particularly through eco innovation. Collaborating with other businesses in other industries can open up new ways of doing things that you’d not have thought of before.

Clean Growth UK is a national business network that brings together three university-led business accelerators and R&D hubs at the Universities of Brighton and Portsmouth and Liverpool John Moores University, all working to catalyse clean and green business growth and innovation across the UK.

The network helps ambitious, environmentally focused businesses access university R&D expertise and facilities, business commercialisation advice and coaching, and get investor ready.

Find out more at www.clean-growth.uk

Robb Cunningham leads the marketing for Clean Growth UK and its South East hub, the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

Quantuma is an independent advisory firm which helps organisations and individuals overcome a range of operational and financial challenges. Established in 2013, we have over 170 employees across the UK and Cyprus.

When it comes to maximising the value of your business, there’s a lot more to consider than meets the eye. An uncertain market creates the opportunity for businesses to review their strategic options with a view to unlocking embedded value and accelerating growth.

Whether your proposed actions includes investment, or making an acquisition or disposal, in all cases your desired outcome is likely to be the same – achieving the maximum return possible.

We would be delighted to guide you through our six-step approach to maximising the value of your or your client’s business, which is based on common questions our clients often ask us.

1. How might I value my business?
Business valuation is a tricky area, particularly for smaller firms, where there may be customer dependency, key-person dependency within the management structure or turbulent trading patterns.

Our team can guide you through this minefield and help you determine a robust and defensible market valuation for your business, realising a good return for you, whilst being attractive to buyers.

2. Who might buy it?
There is a wide pool of customers who may be interested in acquiring part or all of your business – ranging from your competitors, companies expanding into new markets or even professional investment firms.

Finding the right buyer for your business is critical to maximising the value you are able to realise and ensuring on deliverability of a transaction. We have a wealth of experience in successfully selling small and medium-sized businesses and can help identify the best buyers for you.

3. What might I do to increase the value of my business?
If you are considering selling your business in a few months or years’ time, rather than right away, there is a great deal you can be doing now in order to increase the value of your business at the point of sale.

Our team is able to guide owners and advisers on simple strategies that can pay dividends down the line.

4. How long will the process take?
We have transacted hundreds of deals over the years and each takes a different amount of time, largely depending upon the complexity of the business being sold, the complexity of the transaction and also drivers to the disposal process.

We would be happy to talk about your business with you and form a judgement on how long it may take to process a transaction.

5. How much tax might I pay?
Getting your tax structure right can make a real difference to your personal outcome when you choose to exit your business.

We are able to walk you through the various options and support you in identifying common pitfalls to help you maximise your returns.

6. How can Quantuma help me?
Come and find us on Stand S2 at the Let’s Do Business Brighton Expo 2019 to discuss yours or your client’s business. We would be happy to share our wealth of deal-doing experience with you and work with you to achieve yours or your client’s desired outcomes.

Adrian Howells, Director, Corporate Finance at Quantuma

In the meantime, you can also contact Quantuma here.

Following the announcement that Quantuma and CGUK are to be our headline sponsors for this year’s expo, we’re pleased to announce the other businesses supporting us for 2019.

With a select few sponsorship packages available for 2019, businesses have snapped up the opportunity to promote their wares across the South East. In this post we’ll be introducing you to our Brighton B2B expo sponsors for this year’s event…

Innovation Zone sponsor

Our brand new innovation zone has been introduced especially for the 2019 expo. The zone, which will feature products, services and institutions offering innovation to the county, is being sponsored by East Sussex College Group.  East Sussex College works with the next generation of innovators ensuring that innovation starts in the education sector. You can visit East Sussex College at the exhibition on stand l1.

Seminar and bag sponsor

We’re pleased to announce our seminar and bag sponsor for 2019 is Switchplane. Our Brighton B2B expo seminars are always a favourite with exhibitors and visitors alike. While we’re remaining tight lipped for now on the identity of our speakers, we’re thrilled to be able to confirm Switchplane will be sponsoring two key areas of our expo this June.

Switchplane is a digital agency based in Eastbourne specialising in apps and e-commerce. Offering innovative services to help SMEs enhance their business, they’re the perfect fit for our Brighton B2B expo! Speak to Switchplane on stand l5 to find out more about how their team of experts can help your business.

We’re also pleased to announce that our second bag sponsor and print supporter for the 2019 Brighton exhibition is Print Matters! Print Matters is the one stop shop for all your printing needs including display, vehicle signage and shop frontage. You can visit Print Matters on stand c14 on 13th June.

Lanyard sponsor

Our lanyard sponsor for 2019 is long time expo supporter Writeaway! The Sussex based business offers branded and promotional items for businesses of all sizes. As well as offering a catalogue of promotional items, the friendly team also offer bespoke solutions. Discuss your branded item requirements with the team on 13th June at The Amex Stadium. You can say hi on stand B6.

Expo guide sponsor

And the expo guide sponsor is…. (drumroll please!) Cooden Tax Consulting! Our expo guide is produced for each exhibition offering a run-down of exhibitors and key contacts. The guide offers visitors a handy takeaway to keep post expo. We’d like to thank our confirmed guide sponsor Cooden Tax Consulting – you can find out more about what they offer in our show guide or on stand C2.

Brighton B2B expo sponsors and supporters

We’re also pleased to have a number of supporters on board for this year’s Brighton B2B expo. These include Platinum Publishing, our media supporter.  Also in support of the event is Coast to Capital, Gatwick Diamond Business, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce. The Brighton Chamber will be running a pre-show breakfast prior to the event at The Amex Stadium. You can visit the Chamber on stand B4 to find out about business in Brighton.

If you are interested in sponsorship or promotional opportunities for your business, please contact us here to discuss how we can help. To book your stand at the exhibition, please visit our floor plan page to view availability. Interested in the innovation zone? You can find out more on our dedicated innovation zone page or by emailing us.

Our headline sponsor line up is now complete for our 2019 Sussex expo – we’re pleased to today announce we have Clean Growth UK on board!

Clean Growth UK is a university network that helps businesses develop and commercialise clean and green products and services. It’s delivered by the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform and partners at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Portsmouth.

Given that this year’s expo theme is innovation, Clean Growth UK fits the bill nicely as the ideal headline sponsor – their mission is to help businesses transform innovative ideas to tackle climate change into commercialised products and services.

The Sussex expo will connect Clean Growth UK with businesses from across the South East keen to be involved in the initiative. As well as offering access to university expertise, the network also offers workshops, webinars and 1-2-1 coaching on commercialising innovations and getting your business investment ready.

As the true impact of climate change begins to hit home, it’s becoming increasingly important to understand the impact your business has on society.

You’ll find Clean Growth UK on stand S3 at Let’s Do Business Brighton on 13th June. The team will be there to discuss your clean and green innovative ideas, and advise on routes to commercialisation and getting the right investment.

Remember, we’ll be featuring a guest blog from a Clean Growth UK expert in the lead up to our 2019 Sussex expo so keep your eyes on our news page and social media feed to find out more!

We’re pleased to announce we can now reveal our Brighton expo headline sponsor is Quantuma! The Leading business advisory firm is the perfect fit for our June exhibition thanks to their range of business services and years of expertise.

The company will be on stand S2 on the day and you can visit them to discuss a range of strategic business advisory matters. Quantuma is looking to capitalise on their already strong presence in the South East by meeting business owners and decision makers from across Sussex and beyond at the event.

You can read about some of headline sponsor Quantuma’s latest case studies here, including  recent completed transactions and advisory assignments. Their blog is also regularly updated with the team’s expert predictions on everything from Brexit to hospitality.

The experts at Quantuma have experience in providing business services for companies in a wealth of industries including retail, hospitality and leisure, real estate, media, and professional services. They have a number of offices across the UK including two in the South East in Eastbourne and Brighton.

Just some of Quantuma’s business services include corporate finance, forensic accounting and investigations, restructuring and insolvency.

Be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels and news page for more from our headline sponsor Quantuma in the lead up to the expo. We’ll also be featuring a guest blog from a Quantuma business expert so look out for it here!

If you are interested in headline sponsorship, please contact us or you can register to visit the event here.

Following the launch of our innovation zone earlier this week, our expo team’s thoughts have turned to business innovation in Sussex. It’s no secret that innovation plays a key role in ensuring business success, and importantly, in uncertain business times can help to ensure your company is futureproofing.

Here, ahead of our June expo, our business experts discuss ways your business can encourage and promote innovation among your employees and beyond…

Employee innovation

Understandably, businesses need to operate productively. It also goes without saying that you don’t want staff being distracted if they’re busy. Think short term regularly though, and you could be missing out on bigger opportunities. Allowing employees to work on projects outside of their usual remit and based on their interests in your business can bring out the best in your team and your company.

Solutions for customers

You know your customers and their needs, but think about the people in your team who speak to them on a regular basis. They can offer valuable insight in to their thoughts, problems and lifestyles helping you to build a clearer picture. This can help you identify gaps in the market that you may be able to utilise.

Create productive teams

Some people can innovate alone; others work better as part of a team. Listen to your employees- encouraging a positive working environment where teams feel valued and all working towards the same goal will help encourage innovation.  By all means assign projects an owner, but allow collaboration.

Innovation in Sussex

Some of the key innovators in the Sussex region are our learning establishments and universities. Promoting business innovation in Sussex starts at education level and should follow through to the workplace. Innovation in Sussex is alive and thriving, and in uncertain times encouraging everyone in your business to innovate is important, no matter what level of job role they’re in. More junior members of the team and newer members of staff may have a different perspective to those who have been with the company years; these can all be beneficial.

Invest in technologies

Understandably, new technologies such as VR and augmented reality are expensive. Investing in a new tech needn’t be in the form of cash though. Spend time getting to understand these technologies; how they work and what is currently in development for the future. Think about how these could help your business when they become more accessible. If you would like to understand more about what business innovation in Sussex looks like in 2019, our innovation zone at our Brighton exhibition is a good place to start, and visiting is free.

See the bigger picture

When we think of innovation, it’s often physical products that spring to mind. However, creating innovative processes or services can also help your business grow, become more profitable or be positioned as innovation leaders. Think about current trends and how external, lifestyle and political factors are likely to impact these. Predicting a problem can help you to find a solution.

To find out more about exhibiting in the innovation zone at our 2019 Brighton expo please contact us.

Following months of exciting discussions, our Brighton innovation zone for the Let’s Do Business 2019 exhibition has launched! The zone will feature innovative businesses from Sussex and beyond and is being proudly sponsored by East Sussex College Group.

There will be exciting technologies on display in the zone which will also give businesses the opportunity to discuss futureproofing their offering. The dedicated innovation area was inspired by exciting technologies from the last few years such as Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality and 5G, and there will be interactive demos of cutting edge developments for visitors on the day. There will also be representatives from local colleges and universities in the zone to discuss how the education sector is inspiring a new generation of innovators and inventors, as well as how businesses can engage with the fresh talent within these institutions.

The innovation theme follows 2018’s successful Enterprise zone, which offered visitors the chance to speak face to face with key business support services from Sussex, Kent and the South East. It isn’t just the Brighton innovation zone that will offer visitors the chance to hear about why innovation is a key component to business success in 2019, as the theme will be a focus for the event’s seminars too. With a fascinating range of expert speakers to be named shortly, be sure to keep an eye on our news page or Twitter to be among the first to know who will be speaking at the event.

The zone will feature a variety of businesses from different sectors to demonstrate the diversity of innovation across the South East. Brighton itself is no stranger to hitting the headlines thanks to its innovative business community, something that our pre event breakfast organisers Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce would no doubt testify.

Sean Dennis, Deputy Chief Executive at the Let’s Do Business Group and part of the 2019 expo team says ‘We’ve seen a strong commitment to innovation from businesses throughout Sussex, Gatwick and the surrounding areas over the last year.

We are thrilled to be launching an innovation zone at this year’s exhibition. It will not only give exhibitors the opportunity to show how forward thinking the county is, but it will also educate business owners on what technologies are available to streamline processes and improve business in 2019.’

Spaces for the innovation zone are limited and already going fast, so if your business prides itself on innovation and you’d like to discuss promotional opportunities at the expo, please contact us today!