Organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire have one month left to submit their applications to host an event in the Leicester Business Festival (LBF).
Sponsored by Leicester Castle Business School, the Festival is a fortnight of business events taking place across the city and county between 23rd October and 3rd November.
The aim is to encourage investment and business growth across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for the benefit of all who live, do business and work there.
Leicester Business Festival was the first of its kind to be run in the UK and, in now its third year it is by far, the largest. Historically it has seen great results, with over a third of events filling out to capacity and over 12,500 people attending last year. This year looks like no exception with over 70 applications to run events already received by organisers, Associate Events Ltd.
Events confirmed in the programme range from data protection and cyber security seminars and workshops on trading internationally, to conferences and showcases on safe food production and new technologies in textiles.
Any business or organisation can apply to host an event, which can take any shape from a seminar or workshop through to a trade show or major conference.
Scott Knowles, chair of the LBF Steering Group, said, “It’s fantastic to see so many applications already, which clearly shows there’s a real appetite for the Business Festival. However, the Steering Group decided to cap the number of events at 150 to give people the chance to attend as many as possible.
“The message to any businesses out there thinking of running an event is to ‘get those applications in as soon as possible, and certainly before applications close at the end of the month’.”
Along with the headline partner, Leicester Castle Business School, the 2017 Festival has the support of well-known business organisations including East Midlands Chamber, LLEP Business Gateway, the Federation of Small Businesses, Highcross Leicester, Brewin Dolphin, Leicester Racecourse and IBM.
Other supporters include East Midlands Trains, IOD, De Montfort University, Leicester University and media partners, Capital FM, Global Radio and the Leicester Mercury.
Professor Dana Brown, principal of Leicester Castle Business School said, “The Business Festival’s key aims of promoting the region and supporting the drive for economic growth is in perfect synergy with De Montfort University’s own strategies and initiatives.
“We are proud to be headline sponsors of the Leicester Business Festival for the next three years and by joining forces, we can demonstrate that Leicester Castle Business School is an integral part of the business community as well as a key resource for the businesses in the region.”