More than 100 businesses and public sector leaders gathered in the iconic building on Vaughan Way in the heart of the city centre, to mark the start of the fifth Leicester Business Festival (LBF) fortnight.
The 2019 Festival comprises 115 events taking place across the city and county which are all staged by different organisations. Events vary in subject and size from small workshops and seminars to expos and conferences. Tickets to events are free and already thousands of people have registered to attend.
It is the fifth year the Leicester Business Festival has been running and since it began, it has seen 576 events, 36,148 attendees – over a quarter of whom come from outside the region.
Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University (DMU) has been the headline partner for the past three years and the University announced at the LBF brochure launch event in October that it will be continuing the partnership for the next three years, along with the East Midlands Chamber and the LLEP Business Gateway.
Helen Donnellan, Director of Business Engagement at DMU said, “It has been so exciting to see how the Leicester Business Festival has grown and flourished over the past five years. It has created a real sense of shared purpose in the business community to promote the city and county, helped us share our success and raise the profile of Leicestershire as a great place to do business. At DMU, we have seen first-hand how it has led to collaborations and new projects and partnerships for our academics and entrepreneurial students.
“The support received by Leicester Castle Business School from businesses in the festival enabled us to provide incredible opportunities for our students and get to know what issues local companies were facing. DMU is committed to being a part of the business community and that’s why we are proud to be a sponsor for the next three years.”
Scott Charlish head of East Midlands financial planning at Brewin Dolphin and chair of the LBF Steering Group spoke at the launch event saying, “There’s an absolutely outstanding array of events in this year’s Festival. These include presentations which look at futuristic transport themes such as flying taxis and also events which look into opportunities to become part of the NHS clinical data supply chain. Diversity in the workplace is also investigated via a DMU programme and there are workshops teaching social media engagement tactics. There really is something for everyone.
“It’s also very fitting that the Business Festival should launch in Great Central Square, Leicester’s newest office developments, representing the continued growth of the regional economy.”