Lively, topical, challenging, the Big Debates are held at City College and attract around 100 businesses and local organisations. There’s no better place to meet people from a wide range of businesses, charities and organisations in the city. Have your say, and be part of an influential audience.

It’s your chance to hear our expert panel address topical motions, give their opinions– and maybe influence them with your own - in an evening of lively, entertaining and enlightening debate.

Make yourself heard and chime in or choose to sit back and listen, as attendees and guests speak from the floor when we open the debate to the audience.

Each motion is chosen to inspire lively discussions and many topics are put forward by our members. Recent questions under the microscope have been whether Brighton should adopt the Living Wage; whether the night time economy is damaging the city’s brand; and whether Brighton & Hove should split up.

With ample opportunity for everyone who wants to voice their opinion, these events enable the Chamber to become more informed about what our members think, helping us to represent you better in the city.

Our biggest debate State of the City offers a once-a-year chance for local business people to meet the movers and shakers of Brighton & Hove – and to have your say about the big issues. It’s also an opportunity to meet your peers and discuss the issues that affect you and your business.

"The State of the City event last night, yet again, demonstrated that the big debate organised the  Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce was a big hit as the room was full on a hot sunny evening to 8.30 pm and beyond!  So many interesting ideas about the important issues for the City,  knowledge and skill-gaps, highly skilled labour, jobs  young people and transition into the labour market, planning, transportation, innovation, business start-up, visions for the city, do we work hard enough and smart enough to really grow the City and deliver the jobs and economic growth for our prosperity.  What an amazing event!  Thank you Brighton and Hove Chamber for being the trendsetters and zeitgeisters for the business community!" 
Linda Buckham, Careers and Employability Centre, University of Sussex

All businesses are welcome, including those who are not Chamber members, and entry is free. However, seats are limited and early booking is strongly advised.

You can follow all the Big Debates live on twitter using the hashtag #bigdb8

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