More than 6,000 attend Leicester Business Festival

More than 6,300 people attended the 2019 Leicester Business Festival which saw a range of showcase events ranging from farming to flying taxis and Formula 1 racing.

This year marked five years of the festival which was set up to drive inward investment in the city and county. It runs over two weeks and includes free events across a host of sectors.

The closing celebration held at DMU’s Vijay Patel Building revealed that in five years the LBF, has featured 576 events and welcomed 36,148 attendees.

Helen Donnellan, Director of Business Engagement at DMU said: “I am so pleased that we can take a cohesive approach, with businesses across all areas, business organisations, public sector and universities all working together to support the development of our economy.”

Scott Charlish head of East Midlands financial planning at Brewin Dolphin is chair of the LBF Steering Group. He said: “The Leicester Business Festival never fails to disappoint. Year after year, the business community comes out in force during these two weeks, to make the most of the events and networking opportunities it presents.

“It’s brilliant to see that 82 per cent of attendees feel they benefited from the events and 95 per cent would recommend the LBF to others. This is a true reflection of the strength of the LBF and demonstrates its worth and longevity.”

Awards were presented to eatPOS for best engagement; LLEP and East Midlands Airport for most pioneering event; and We Love Surveys for best event.

Alister de Ternant, Managing Director of Associate Events added: “The dates for next year’s Festival have been set as 2 to 13 November 2020 and already, we know of events that are in the pipeline.”

De Montfort University (DMU) will be the headline partner of the festival for the next three years along with East Midlands Chamber and the LLEP Business Gateway.