Speakers Arena

Three inspiring Speakers Arenas featuring six talks by local leaders in TedTalk format
Please select ONE Arena to attend on the day.

OPTIMUS ARENA

Graham Bell
World of Books

Reuse, recycle and grow
Graham will take us through the World of Books story, from the beginnings of an idea to one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses now with 900 employees – all in eleven years. There have been challenges and headwinds, inevitably, but Graham will show how management techniques and strategies have turned them into opportunities that have helped shape the group’s future.

Kathy Caton
Brighton Gin

From ‘Lightbulb Moment’ to International Business
Kathy Caton, Founder of Brighton Gin, talks about the road from having a lightbulb-moment gin-making brainwave to running a multi-award winning company whose gin is increasingly available around the globe. Boot-strapped from the start, Kathy has taken Brighton Gin through all manner of challenges that face small businesses – and that was before a global pandemic hit and she needed to change their business model virtually overnight! Genuinely hand-crafted in small batches by the friends-and-family team here in the glorious city of Brighton & Hove, Kathy is on a mission to build her ethical and sustainable business and to take the Spirit of Brighton to the world.

STELLAR ARENA

Alex Cornwell
Revolution PTS

The Most Important Coach You’ll Ever Have
Alex is the Owner of three Revolution Personal Training Studios across Sussex. Having grown his business from a standstill, combined with hundreds of hours spent on coaching high power accomplished businessmen and women, Alex has identified the single shared trait that has enabled such success professionally and personally. In his talk he will introduce the process leading to a genuine, long lasting impact and outstanding results both in and out of business.

Matt Hunt
Protein Balls

£4m in 4 Years and Growing – A 7-Step Plan to Success
After studying Business & Marketing and obtaining a first class degree this lead Matt on a journey around the World ending up in Spain in the olive capital where the idea for OLOVES was born in 2007. Having met his future wife in Barcelona, Matt and Hayley launched the very first single serve olive snack, which has sold more than 40 million bags Worldwide. Looking for the next big trends within FMCG in 2016, they launched The Protein Ball Co. – an own brand and a manufacturing business growing it to £4m turnover in just 4 years. In 2019, Matt and Hayley became co-directors in The Great British Porridge Co. one of only a few brands to receive a full house of investment offers on Dragon’s Den.

ZENITH ARENA

Camille Pierson
The Float Spa

Survival: why we put our own oxygen mask on first! 
Self-care is an idea which gets dismissed by lots of people as something woolly and new age but it’s actually an essential part of functioning to your best ability. We all see the safety advice on aeroplanes which says ‘see to your own oxygen mask before helping others’ and we know this is sensible as running out of oxygen yourself will help no one. It’s odd then that, in business and in our everyday lives, we so often put our own needs behind those of others.

Camille will be highlighting the blazingly obvious but often ignored fact that, as a business owner, if you burnout, you won’t be able to work the way you want to. By making self-care a priority, you aren’t being selfish, you aren’t being weak or lesser, you are taking an absolutely necessary step to keep you performing the way you would like to perform. No one benefits from a burnt out boss. Learn how to imbed self-care into your life to stop this happening.

Maryann Penfold
Boom Sauce

From sipping rum to BOOMing business
It came to Maryann while sipping rum with her uncle in Trinidad – the idea to recreate a pepper sauce based on her uncles own traditional recipe. After seeing how popular it was with friends and family Maryann decided to launch the award winning Boom Sauce!

Facing challenges such as last minute changes to bottles and label design 3 weeks before launch to the pandemic hitting soon after, Maryann has succeeded in a competitive market. Competition was never going to hold her back and Maryann believes that those with something different to offer, like Boom Sauce, will always have a place at the table.

Maryann has grown the business during the pandemic with a constant social media presence and by standing out. Boom Sauce now has requests to be on menus, in shops and has enviable online sales the UK and abroad.
Maryann is now on a mission to upscale from home kitchen to having a product that is supermarket shelf ready. It’s time for a Hot Sauce upgrade!

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