Best4Biz Conference – Uckfield – 16th October 2015


Places are limited and going fast for the Best4Biz Conference 2015 at the East Sussex National Hotel in Uckfield sponsored by Westway Vending; the premiere UK supplier of vending machines.

To secure your place – click here

Last year’s conference, organised by ACES (The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex) and East Sussex County Council was attended by over 200 business leaders and decision makers from across Sussex. 

This year’s focus is on innovation and new business methods with useful sessions to takeaway everything you need to grow your business in the 21st Century.  It’s also a great opportunity for business networking and making new contacts.

The agenda includes terrific keynote speakers, business networking, a B2B exhibition, an expert panel, valuable breakouts, Sparkling Sussex drinks reception and three course dinner to celebrate the Best4Biz “Business of the Year East Sussex” Award as nominated by the ACES Chambers.

Thanks to the generosity of ACES sponsors we are able to bring this business conference to you free of charge!  With thanks to:

Our Main Sponsor – Westway Vending
Reception Sponsor – Ridgeview Wine Estate
Executive Sponsors – RSE Group, QLeisure, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and Basepoint Business Centres
Media Partner – Sussex Business Times; Celebration Dinner Sponsor – Sussex Downs College; Goody Bags by Toast Sussex Promotional Products

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 Keynote Speakers


Josh Valman 2Josh Valman 
Managing Director
IPD International 
At 19 years old Josh Valman used the internet to create a global manufacturing company. 
In 2013, just six months after launch, it was valued at over £1million.  His Company now operates in over 40 countries, allowing businesses of all sizes to access a flexible supply chain, comprising a force of ‘nutters’ including spinal surgeons, nuclear submarine experts, engineers and a global supply chain of manufacturing and logistics power.As an experienced TED Speaker, Josh explains how to Challenge Convention and use innovation to step outside normal corporate structures.  


Amber Rudd 
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Amber Rudd’s rise since becoming MP for Hastings and Rye in 2010 has been pretty meteoric. In 2012 she was a member of the Select Committee for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where she came to the attention of George Osborne and became part of his inner circle as his Parliamentary Private Secretary.  

In 2013 she became Assistant Whip and then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.This experience coupled with a background in investment banking and running her own business meant Amber Rudd was ready to take charge as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change after the election in May.

At Best4Biz she will talk about Energy and Business and the opportunity this presents to forward thinking businesses.


From Midday

  • Business Networking Lunch

  • B2B exhibition

    (email to reserve space)

 From 2pm

  • Becky Shaw CEO of East Sussex County Council

    Conference Launch

  • Amber Rudd Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 

    Energy and Business – the OPPORTUNITY

  • Josh Valman IDP International

    Challenging Convention

From 3pm – your choice of one business seminar

  1. Marketing your business for free

    Matt Turner MD CreativePod and Young Start-Up Talent

  2. Innovation and Change

    The University of Brighton

  3. How to be a talent magnet in a skills shortage

    Martin Ellis of RSE Group

  4. Hastings, Rother and Wealden Plans for Growth 

    Council Leaders and Senior Managers

From 4pm – your choice of one business seminar

  1. Selling to the public sector made simple 

    Laura Langstaff Head of Procurement for both Surrey and East Sussex County Councils

  2. Only Connect – connecting businesses

    Fred Thomas Business East Sussex Growth Hub Navigator

  3. Finding new international markets – easily

    UKTI and UKEF

  4. Eastbourne and Lewes Plans for Growth 

    Council Leaders and Senior Managers

(N.B. Seminars are held at 3pm and 4pm so please book one preferred seminar for each time slot.)

From 5pm

  •    Expert “Question Time” panel with Rupert Clubb

  •    Wrap Up Session

  •    Conference closes

From 6.30pm 

   Sparkling Sussex Drinks Reception  

From 7.30pm    

   Celebration Dinner and
   BEST4BIZ “East Sussex Business of the Year” Award  

Close at 12pm


Sparkling Sussex
Drinks Reception and Celebration Dinner

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SDC Logo June 2013_300x148pxThis will be followed by a three course dinner, during which short films made by Sussex Downs College will showcase the companies nominated by each Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business to go forward to the “BEST4BIZ East Sussex Business of the Year” which will be awarded this evening.

To book overnight accommodation at the reduced  ACES rate of £75.00 plus vat per room, call 01825 880088 and quote WEAL151015.  The room rate includes bed and breakfast for two people with free access to the gym, pool, steam room, sauna and spa area so take the opportunity to stay over and relax.

Spa treatments and golf are additional and should be booked in advance, so why not play a round of golf on Saturday morning followed by a massage?

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