Helping SMEs Navigate Growth in the Workplace

‘Buying and selling businesses – unmissable tales and tips from Mergers and Acquisitions experts’

The decision to buy or sell a business can be fraught with nerve-jangling and complex considerations about the legal, commercial and ethical aspects of any deal.

The biggest question of all might be: ‘Am I about to make a terrible mistake?’

To help you avoid that by putting a rock solid plan in place, Cloud9 Growth Hub has gathered some of the most battle-hardened minds in the SME sector to guide you through the knowledge, insights, and takeaways you must not miss.


  • Adrian Alexander, partner at FRP Advisory, will talk on financing a business purchase and preparing your business for sale.
  • Karen Lord, partner at Healys will discuss the key corporate legal aspects and potential pitfalls of a purchase or sale.
  • Gerry Lawrence, Regional Director at Freeman Clarke, will cover the first 100 days after sale.


Our three speakers plus

  • Carlene Jackson, CEO of Cloud9 Insight.
  • Andrew Hookway, Managing Director of Extech Cloud.

This event is part of the Cloud9 Growth Hub series of speaker-led events. Our goal is to build a community of local businesses so they connect, be inspired and learn about growth strategies.

Register here >

On the day


Ironworks Studios, Unit 2, 30 Cheapside. Brighton BN1 4GD

The venue is a 5 minute walk from Brighton Train Station (see map).


5.30pm – 6.25pm: Networking with drinks and nibbles

6.30pm: Welcome from host

6.35pm – 7.50pm: Main event. 3 x talks, as detailed above, including interactive table-based discussions

7.50pm – 8.25pm: Panel discussion with Q&A

8.25pm: Close

Dress code:

Whatever makes you feel comfortable – we’re in Brighton, after all!

Frequently asked questions

How can I get a ticket?

It’s £39pp and you can buy your tickets here

What’s included in the ticket price?

Every attendee will receive two alcoholic or soft drinks and a choice of nibbles. Attendees will also receive a follow-up eBook highlighting key takeaways, as well as access to a video of the event. During the event, you will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other guests.

Who should attend?

Anyone in leadership in a small to medium-sized business. In particular, this event will be of great value to anyone who is either involved in, or considering – or even vaguely interested in – buying or selling a business.


Cloud9 Growth Hub

Small and medium-sized businesses will be the backbone of the economy as it rebounds from the pandemic. Imagine a union of SMEs that starts here in Sussex with the goal of driving that economic recovery and expands to every corner of the United Kingdom.

The sponsor companies are:

Our mission is to help SMEs navigate the complexities of business growth and we will do that by hosting a quarterly series to bring together a community of local businesses with the opportunity to connect, learn, be inspired and be inspiring.

Our speaker-led events will sometimes be challenging, often ground-breaking and always thoughtful and interactive.

Follow Cloud9 Growth hub on LinkedIn for regular expert advice, tips and quality content on growing your small or medium-sized business.

Watch our video from a previous Growth Hub event below, in which Cloud9 Insight’s Carlene Jackson presented “Grow Your Business – An Expert’s Guide”.


Enquire about this event

For more information and to apply to attend, please contact