Fourth annual Leicester Business Festival kicks off at award-winning campus centrepiece

More than 100 guests gathered at De Montfort University’s (DMU) impressive Vijay Patel building this morning (Monday 29 October) for the launch of the 2018 Leicester Business Festival (LBF) fortnight. The Vijay Patel building is the centrepiece of DMU’s £136 million campus transformation project and just one great example of the multi-millions of pounds currently being invested in and around the city and Leicestershire that is making it a hotspot for business and investment. Nowhere is more fitting to articulate this message than through the Leicester Business Festival. Now in its fourth year, LBF is a firm feature in the annual business calendar and is continually becoming bigger, stronger,

Ten days until the Leicester Business Festival

It is only ten days until the start of the fourth, annual Leicester BusinessFestival fortnight, on 29 October. Over 100 completely FREE business events will be going on all around Leicestershire over the two weeks. In total, the Business Festival programme contains 119 individual events run by independent businesses and organisations under the business Festival umbrella. The programme is packed with everything from workshops, seminars and trade exhibitions to round table discussions, premises tours and awards evenings. There is a huge choice of subject matters to choose from. There is an abundance of marketing, communications and business support events as well as professional and financial

Space and aerospace projected into BusinessFestival line up as important economy drivers

With a National Space Centre; the National Centre for Earth Observation, the East Midlands Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications and plans afoot for a globally significant Space Park, the Leicester Business Festival is capitalising on the importance of the space and aerospace industries to the area. Leicester’s space and aerospace industry is part of a midlands-wide cluster that is home to over one quarter of the UK aerospace industry, seven per cent of Europe's and three of the world's, employing over 45,000 full time equivalent jobs. Locally, the sector has over 100 enterprises, 3,000 jobs and contributes £186 million to the local GVA. Leicester is rapidly becoming known for its s

Environment, food and rural is a healthy business festival sector

Environment, food and rural affairs are well represented in this year’s Leicester Business Festival from 29 October to 9 November. This broad sector ranges from food and drink manufacturing and production, agriculture and rural economy to environmental activities such as low carbon, energy efficiency and sustainability. They all play a vital part in the local economy. The low carbon sector alone is estimated to have a market value of around £2 billion. It is not necessarily widely known but Leicestershire has specialisms in solar panels, wind energy, recycling, sustainable building, offshore power, ‘smart grid’ development and electric vehicle servicing. The area has actually become a centr

Business Festival parades area’s growing retail, tourism and hospitality

Leicester and Leicestershire’s retail, tourism and hospitality sector will be on show in the Leicester Business Festival (from 29 October to 9 November) through a number of exciting events. All three industries are enjoying continued growth. Leicester’s city centre is currently undergoing massive developments which will bring new hotels, retail outlets, and road improvements including a multi-million pound plan to redevelop the old House of Fraser store and Leicester’s first Treetop Adventure Golf business next to the Showcase Cinema de Lux. Retail destination outlet, Fosse Park, is also doubling in size through a £150 million extension which will make way for a new Debenhams, TK Maxx and Cl

East Midlands Airport champions high flying distribution and logistics sector in Business Festival

A campaign to promote Leicestershire’s outstanding logistics and distribution sector is being spearheaded by East Midlands Airport (EMA) in the Leicester Business Festival from 29 October to 9 November. Leicestershire is the prime location for distribution and logistics firms. Falling within eastern side of the logistics ‘Golden Triangle’ – formed by the M1, M42 and M6 motorways, 95 per cent of the UK population can be accessed within a four-hour drive. Being sandwiched by a superb road network, makes Leicestershire the ideal location for logistics and distribution companies to be based. As a result, two of Europe’s largest distribution hubs: Magna Park in Lutterworth and the East Midlands D

Life Sciences joins Business Festival line up with unique openings for medical businesses

Life Sciences is joining the sport and health sector in this year’s Leicester Business Festival (29 October to 9 November) to bring some particularly exciting opportunities for Life Sciences businesses. Life Sciences is rapidly developing in prominence within Leicestershire - already accounting for £150 million in GVA and employing 3,600 people across 130 businesses. Government has tipped the midlands region as being the top area for growth of Life Sciences and it is looking to Leicestershire to play a significant part in the delivering its Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. Due to it being a key priority and strength locally, it has made a great addition to the Business Festival with some

Pick Everard leads Leicester’s charge as top investment hot spot in Business Festival

Leading property, construction and infrastructure consultancy, Pick Everard is spearheading the property and construction sector in the 2018 Leicester Business Festival (LBF) from 29 October to 9 November. Leicester and Leicestershire is one of Britain’s most attractive and cost-effective places to develop, own or lease commercial property. With a prime central location, excellent transport links by road, rail and air as well as multi-million-pound regeneration and developments planned and in progress, it is an investment hot spot. Alastair Hamilton, (pictured left) partner at Pick Everard is leading the property and construction sector in the LBF. With ten, worthwhile property and developme

Festival places region’s education and skills in the business spotlight

Education and skills are being brought to the forefront of the local business community during the Leicester Business Festival (LBF) from 29 October to 9 November. Research has indicated that in order to better serve business in the area, improvements could be made to make the local education and skills offer. This includes addressing the mismatch of skills, improving the amount of people with higher level and technical qualifications and increasing the amount of apprenticeships. The Leicester Business Festival presents a great opportunity to bring some of these issues to the forefront of the business community and challenge these aspects on a national scale. Initiatives such as the Enterpri

Leicester’s creative streak brings sparkle to Business Festival

Leicester and Leicestershire’s creative businesses are pulling out all the stops in the 2018 Leicester Business Festival (from 29 October to 9 November). Leicester is famed for its creative sector and is reported to have the largest number of creative businesses outside London with an impressive workforce of around 11,690 people locally across 4,400 companies. Integral to the sector are an abundance of creative and arts venues in the city centre including Curve, De Montfort Hall, the Little Theatre, the recently-revitalised Sue Townsend theatre, and the Y. Earlier in 2018, the Haymarket Theatre was also brought back to life after an 11-year gap, following a £3.6 million investment from Leic

Brewin Dolphin leads wealth of professional and financial services events in Business Festival

Leicester Business Festival’s Professional Services sector is being fronted by one of the UK's leading wealth managers, Brewin Dolphin. Scott Charlish, head of financial planning for Brewin Dolphin in the East Midlands, is the Business Festival PFS sector lead, championing both the industry and the Festival(running from 29 October to 9 November), on a local regional and national level. There is a grand total of 19 different Professional Services events taking place over the fortnight - testament to the strength of the sector in the region, which encompasses nearly 8,000 businesses and accounts for around one third of the economic activity within the city centre. Other noteworthy firms locate

Business support services outshines all sectors in Leicester Business Festival

Business Support, Communications and Marketing events form the largest part of the 2018 Leicester Business Festival Running from 29 October to 9 November, the Business Festival is the region’s largest business event, which last year engaged with over 1,000 different businesses and saw more than 10,000 attendees go to 154 events. This year the Business Festival is divided into eleven key sectors with Business Support, Communications and Marketing playing a major role over the fortnight, encompassing a total of 68 events – more than any other sector. These range through the spectrum of business support, communications and marketing services which are all essential to local businesses of all si

Software developer, Infonote, launches Business Festival App

Market Harborough-based software and app development specialist, Infonote Datasystems, has teamed up with the Leicester Business Festival (LBF) to launch a brand-new LBF app. The LBF app is fully integrated with the LBF website and provides an alternative way for people to browse the calendar, search and filter events as well as book tickets directly from their mobiles and tablet devices. It contains details of the new LBF coffee hubs, sends pop up notifications about the LBF and provides access to a feedback form which can also be submitted via the app. Planning journeys to events is also made easier via Apple and Google maps. Users register on the app and can then if they wish, share detai

Business Festival assembles top hi-tech manufacturing events

The Leicester Business Festival (LBF) from 29 October to 9 November is set to highlight why Leicestershire is at the sharp edge of product innovation in the UK. Leicester has always been at heart of the UK’s manufacturing and industrial success. World leading businesses in automotive research, space technology, aerospace and healthcare are still present in the area, today. Hi-tech manufacturing employs 23,100 people and is worth a staggering £15.3bn to the local economy. Numerous global manufacturing, technology and scientific enterprises such as Caterpillar, Taylor Hobson, Emerson, Fisher Scientific, Preci-Spark, Sofidel, GE Druck, SPS Technologies 3M, Almac and Trelleborg are based here. T

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