Did you miss the 2016 Convention? Catch up with this 2 minute video.

Nowhere can you get so many local decision makers in one room

16 May 2017, 12.00-19.00, Grand Hotel, Brighton

Sit down lunch with wine, outstanding speakers, a choice of two workshops out of five, networking opportunities with 300 decision makers, live entertainment and other surprises along the way, all spiced up with a touch of Acumen magic!

This event sells out every year so book your place now!



The best business event out there! It’s in my diary before holiday

Speakers for 2017

Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

Hollly Tucker

My journey through big and small business, how I did it once, and what inspired me to do it again.
How to Build a Beautiful Business in the Age of Machines

Tim Leberecht

Tim Leberecht, author of the international bestseller The Business Romantic and adviser to organisations worldwide, argues that we are entering a new romantic era in response to big data and hyper-connectivity. Digital technology has allowed us to scale efficiency, but Tim believes that in the future companies rich with imagination and emotion will have an unfair advantage.
The Future and What to do about it

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson, ‘reluctant futurist' and award-winning author of the best-selling An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and We Do Things Differently is expert on global trends and innovation. In this talk he’ll give us a whistle stop tour of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the next 20 years and why business as usual is a recipe for disaster. We’re in for a rocky ride, but future-literate organisations have a shot at greatness.
Keep it emotional!

Penina Shepherd

Brand for business is what location is for property! The value of your brand is phenomenal. It is because of your brand that someone makes a decision to work with you. They choose you because of your brand, what it stands for and the emotional experience it entails.

Jonas Kjellberg

Founder, Skype

"Gear up for business creation"

Rob Forkan

Founder, Gandys

"Gandys - Building more than a brand"

Sanderson Jones

Founder, Sunday Assembly

"Outlook, Beliefs and Values"

Penina Shepherd

Founder, Acumen Business Law

"The Business of Happiness"



Workshops give so much valuable information in less than an hour


Don’t let the cat out of the bag!
Preventing workers and contacts from stealing the secrets to your business’ success
A business’ data, including customer lists, supplier and contact lists, as well as internal processes and product information, is often the lifeblood of the business and can have a significant detrimental affect on the business if unlawfully taken by others to compete. This session looks at what rights businesses have to prevent others using its data to compete with them and what other measures can be put in place to provide more robust protection to retain its commercial value.
I got 99 problems but a breach ain’t one!
Intellectual property and data in the GDPR era
In today’s world, your intellectual property is your business’ most important asset! This session will highlight three common intellectual property issues and disputes, including dealing with new regulations such as the GDPR, with top tips to equip you with the tools you need to protect this so very important business asset.
Take the money and run?
The best way for me to get paid when I sell my business
When considering the sale and purchase of a company, it might be great having the certainty of a “clean break” and there being a fixed sale price on the day of completion, but it’s always wise to weigh up the relative advantages and disadvantages of a potentially more lucrative earn-out arrangement. This session looks at the “who”, “what”, “why”, “when” and “where” involved in considering whether to “Take the Money and Run”.
When lease gives you lemons – make lemonade
Top tips to getting the best deal on your lease!
Whether you are a seasoned business person or taking the first step in your next business adventure, it is undeniable that taking a property is a big commitment. This session will look at the practical tips that will prove handy for getting the best deal for your business property.
“You can’t say that!”
What employers should know about discrimination
This session will give you a ‘snapshot overview’ of what may be regarded as ‘discrimination’ in the workplace. We will cover disability, sex, age, and race discrimination as well as some lesser known characteristics and learn how to avoid inadvertently discriminating against employees.

Don’t let the cat out of the bag!

Preventing workers and contacts from stealing the secrets to your business’ success...READ MORE

I got 99 problems but a breach ain’t one!

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Take the money and run?

Scenarios around getting paid for your business and avoiding a claim...READ MORE

When lease gives you lemons – make lemonade

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“You can’t say that!”

What employers should know about discrimination...READ MORE




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