Get involved

You can get involved in a number of different ways. Become a partner or sponsor, host an event or simply come along to the festival itself.

Hosting an event

Hosting an event could have many benefits. In 2017, the LBF reached an estimated 31.08M people. 22% of events sold out completely, with over a quarter of all attendees coming from outside the region. Hosting an event could quite easily enable you to reach a market you may well not have even considered.


This year, we aim to host 150 events. Our previous festivals have seen events take place in an impressive range of venues, from Winstanley House to Twycross Zoo, with countless events taking place across Leicester city centre, and the surrounding districts.  

You could choose to host an event to bring attendees through your own doors or choose one of our pre-arranged venues.  We work with our venue partners to offer a range of superb venues across the city and county. Click here to find out more >

Application process and criteria

We focus on quality over quantity so assess each application on its own merits.  Whether you want to talk about innovation, financial services, education or sporting achievement, consider what your expertise can bring to other businesses and industries.  

LBF has a commitment to representing Leicester and Leicestershire’s business community as a whole.  67% of businesses within the region are SMEs and our programme of events will be designed to reflect that.  We will also aim to ensure that each key sector is properly represented.  

We would therefore encourage you to apply, even if you suspect that your business is too small to be considered as a host.If you would like to host an event, you can apply via our online portal.  

Applications are now open and close on 4th September. Apply Now > 

Attending an event

Even if you just want to come along and attend an event, you will benefit from networking with high level influencers and businesses from across Leicester and Leicestershire and beyond.  

Tickets for events go on sale early May and can be found here >

Sponsoring the Leicester Business Festival 

There are a few sponsorship packages still available.

If you are interested in partnering or sponsoring the LBF, contact