Over 80 events confirmed at first ever Leicester Business Festival

Posted by ap507 at Oct 22, 2015 12:59 PM |
The inaugural, Leicester Business Festival (LBF), will see an incredible 84 unique business events taking place across Leicestershire for a fortnight, from next week

Issued by Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership

Starting on Monday 26 October, two intensive weeks of business-led events run from technology masterclasses, infrastructure supply chain opportunities and economic debates to start-up business advice and digital marketing workshops will be happening across Leicestershire.

The LBF, which is being backed by Leicester University, aims to address a range of business issues and offer opportunities to explore new ways of working as well as enhancing Leicester’s reputation as an excellent place to work and do business.

It is also hoped that new investors and businesses will be encouraged to come to the area to see Leicester’s vibrant business community for themselves.

Alister De Ternant, commercial director of Curve is chair of the LBF steering group. He said, “It will be a celebration of business prominent at the local and national level - run by businesses for businesses. There will be dozens of events of different shapes and sizes and most of which are completely free, taking place all over the city and county. This is a chance for people and businesses to come together.

“The business community is already buzzing with the concept. There is a real sense of willingness across the whole city and county to make this work, make it successful and show the rest of the region and the country that Leicester means business!”

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The Leicester Business Festival provides a real chance to promote the potential of both our city and our county, by sending out a message to the rest of the country and, indeed, to the rest of the world, that Leicester is open for business.”

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership has played a vital part in the instigation of the LBF. Chair, Nick Pulley said, “As far as we know, this will be the largest festival of its kind in the UK. It will be an annual festival and we want to push Leicester to the forefront of business nationally, by raising our profile through this event.

“We’ve had a great response from organisations and companies from all parts of the local economy, which recognise they hold a stake in the prosperity of Leicestershire and are willing to do their bit for the county.”

Most events are free to attend, and are all listed on the website at www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com

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