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The acumen business convention 2019 held its special tenth edition on May 8th with hundreds of decision makers from across the region in attendance. This year was absolutely packed with fantastic speakers, entertainment and excitement.  

This is most likely the only business convention where, as a delegate, you are greeted by tribal zebra people (and that’s not just the Acumen team)!  After a delicious lunch, zebras burst on to the stage to give a wild and exhilarating dance performance, wowing the audience and getting everyone energised for the afternoon.  

The big build up was worth the wait when special tenth anniversary guest speaker, Tony Bloom, owner and Chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion FC took to the stage, sharing his fascinating business journey with the captivated audience.  

A double whammy for this special occasion was top keynote speaker Simon Woodroffe OBE, Founder of YO! Sushi, who gave a most inspirational performance. He told his story with deep and meaningful thoughts for the audience to take away. 

As well as thought-provoking speakers, the event featured an abundance of quality networking opportunities throughout the day, Link & Learn sessions (with essential legal tips) and lots of surprises too! To kick off, Penina Shepherd, best selling author and Founder of acumen business law, motivated everyone on ‘getting your foot in that door’ and shared her passion about ‘doing’ and getting on with it whilst giving some excellent expert tips.

This special edition convention saw the launch of speakers’ arenas which showcased extra TED style talks in a choice of topic.  These were all facilitated by esteemed guest speakers, who are all experts in their field, sharing invaluable knowledge and experience, which made these sessions a very useful section of the day.  

Hosting the day was the incredible MC Sanderson Jones!  Co-founder of the unique business Sunday Assembly and his new mission Lifefulness At Work, he really did get the convention rocking and rolling.  Unleashing positive vibes he made sure everyone made meaningful new connections and had an awe-inspiring fun packed day.

Guest speakers included Graham Moore, the co-founder of Humanutopia, one of the country’s leading speakers and authorities on improving wellbeing for students and staff in the workplace.  He gave his moving story of how his own experiences inspired him to empower young adults from all walks of life.  Jules White, the entrepreneur’s sales coach and author of Live it Love it Sell it, who with great experience won investment in the Dragons’ Den, gave motivational and practical advice showing that everyone can get great results when they sell the human way.  

The excitement didn’t stop there. The celebratory after-party rounded off the day perfectly with festival style stalls of tasty food, cocktails and beer.  What better way to wind down than a fantastic chance to catch up, chat, relax and have fun!  

The acumen business convention always aims to give the business community motivation and inspiration, whilst gaining essential business know how and valuable new connections;  all with the added enjoyment of the Acumen magic and surprises!  This year did just that.

Penina Shepherd, Founder of acumen business law said: “It’s been such an exhilarating and inspirational day.  It’s really great to see so many business professionals together sharing the experience and making new meaningful connections.  That’s what makes the convention so special. It’s been an amazing celebration of our 10th convention and we look forward to many more to come!”

To find out how to get involved next year and for more information please contact creative@acumenbusinesslaw.co.uk

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