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We are extremely thankful to our partners, sponsors and supporters for their continued support, without which Leicester Business Festival would not have seen the success it has, and would not be returning in the coming years.

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Leicester Castle Business School has been created by De Montfort University (DMU) to meet the needs of 21st century business. They do this by going beyond business as usual, offering a unique learning environment where students are encouraged to challenge convention and given the opportunities and tools to think, create and inspire.

"By committing to the Leicester Business Festival for the next three years, we want the local business community to know that The Leicester Castle Business School is very much part of, and a resource for, the city’s business community."

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Grow your business with expert advice, support programmes, finance opportunities and free workshops from the business gateway growth hub.


Whether you have just started your business or been trading for a while, you can access free and impartial information on the business support available across Leicester and Leicestershire, all in one place.


The business support landscape can be confusing as programmes and offers change regularly. We save you time by simplifying the process and helping you access the most appropriate support for your business. Our expert advisers open the doors to industry contacts and the support programmes available.


Get in touch today and discover the support available to grow your business:


East Midlands Airport is the region’s global gateway, connecting nearly 5 million passengers to more than 80 destinations every year. As the UK’s largest pure freight airport we transport around 1,000 tonnes a day, playing a vital role in the regional and national economy and enabling businesses to trade and transport their products all over the world.

More than 90% of England and Wales is within a 4 hour drive of the airport, placing us at the very heart of the country for passengers and cargo alike. With numerous world-leading companies in our region and the rapid growth of e-commerce and logistics, there is great potential for the airport to work even more closely with local businesses to support our region’s continued growth.  

"As you’d expect from someone working at an airport, I see a huge amount of value in helping people and businesses connect with one another. The LBF is such a brilliant opportunity for businesses, large and small, to do just that – connect. Only working together can the region achieve its full potential and we’re really excited to be part of the festival again this year to play our part." - Christopher Hayton, Head of External Affairs

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is the biggest business-representation organisation in the Midlands, with about 4,200 members. It is the go-to place for answers.

It represents businesses of all sizes and across all sectors through a diverse range of activities from providing essential support, training and staff development at all levels, apprenticeships, international trade documentation, trade missions, international student placement, digital growth programmes, delivering the Collaborate programme in Leicestershire and D2 Business Starter Programme in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, delivering superfast broadband initiatives across all three counties and South Yorkshire, data gathering and analysis, advising businesses about Brexit and providing guidance on opportunities such as Heathrow expansion, HS2 and the fourth industrial revolution, working alongside academia and employers to close the skills gap, campaigning and lobbying, and more – always with the needs of business foremost.

Members also benefit from a range of opportunities to network and showcase their products and services.



Brewin Dolphin was founded on the belief that the successful management of wealth takes an understanding of money but is rooted in an even deeper understanding of people. Being able to forge strong relationships with people is an essential part of the work that Brewin Dolphin carry out, enabling them to better understand their clients future ambitions. 

Pattersons Commercial Law is a law firm that prides itself in understanding the business needs of its clients and in providing creative solutions to unique challenges.


With industry knowledge ranging across technology, retail, e-commerce, accountancy, healthcare and much more, Pattersons Commercial Law can advise small and medium businesses with all aspects of their commercial legal needs including corporate transactions, equity investment and commercial property requirements. 


As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.


We are a Top 50 law firm that brings creativity, commerciality and clarity to the challenges our clients face. We work with a wide range of clients – entrepreneurs, family businesses, charities, medium sized businesses and global household names. From advising local owner managed businesses to multi-national corporates; blue-chip companies to high street brands and individuals across the world.

We have an enterprising spirit and clear ambition to do things differently. For us it’s all about mindset. It’s a way of thinking and behaving that fits not only with our vision but also our clients. It’s about collaborative working and a partnership ethos.

0330 024 0333 |  www.shma.co.uk


The University of Leicester is a leading UK university committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Leicester is consistently one of the most socially inclusive of the UK’s leading universities with a long-standing commitment to providing fairer and equal access to higher education.

Leicester is ranked in the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings. The Power ranking takes into account both the quality of research and the number of research-active staff who made REF returns. Research power is important because it gives a strong indication of a combination of world-class research, international impact, critical mass and sustainability.

0116 252 2522  |  https://le.ac.uk

Eileen Richards Recruitment is a bespoke consultancy located within the heart of Leicester city

centre. The growing team are recognised across the East Midlands for the tailored recruitment

service they provide to candidates and clients alike connecting people, business and opportunities.

The recruitment partner of choice has industry expert specialists heading up each of their current


0116 254 9710  |  www.eileenrichards.co.uk



“As a local independent family business, we’re delighted to be involved with the Leicester Business Festival. We strive to nurture local talent with our own team and working with independent business owners running their own pubs. 


Everards are proud to be from Leicestershire, a reason why we have beers dedicated to local landmarks, people or folklore and we aim to promote the region’s strengths whenever possible.  We are currently investing in our new Leicestershire home including new brewery, offices and beer hall and cycle hub and café at Everards Meadows next to Fosse Park.

We look forward to continuing our support for the region through working with other local businesses, supporting business owners and continuing our partnerships with great local attractions such as Leicester Tigers, Leicester Riders and The Curve as well as the Leicester Business Festival.” Stephen Gould, Managing Director

De Montfort University has played a pivotal role in the city’s business community since it was founded in 1860. The university works alongside companies to provide professional development courses, develop product ideas and identify commercial opportunities. DMU aims to be the business partner of choice for companies looking to develop and grow in Leicestershire. It has been transformed with a £136 million reimagining of the campus that has created a modern, inspiring environment and is a bold statement of confidence in the university and the city. 

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Harborough has recently been mentioned as a top place to live in no less than 5 national surveys and this shows it has growing reputation as a great place to live and work.

The Harborough District is situated in rural south Leicestershire and is 90 mins by road from London and 1 hr from London by train. The main settlements are Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Broughton Astley. The district is characterised by high-quality countryside and attractive settlements, many of which have retained much of their historic character.

Bradgate Estates Ltd is a family owned property development company based in the Midlands that specialises in high end student and PRS blocks.

We are East Midlands specialists with developments in Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. Through working closely with our contracting partners nationally, we are perfectly positioned to offer a high quality designed and developed assets to suit the build to rent and student markets.

The company has built and sold over £90 Million worth of property over the last four years, consisting of Private Rented Sector and Student Blocks in Russell Group university cities Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. Bradgate Estates also retains a large portfolio of student and PRS blocks and is on course to build out further schemes over the next two years.

We are currently exploring substantial new sites for funding, design and development.


Born from over 17 years of experience, Fraser Urquhart Media is the brainchild of Jonathan Fraser & Kevin Urquhart, specialists in aspirational, regional lifestyles across the Midlands region. 

Commercially-led, we create campaigns that work for your business and engage with your target consumers.  In short , we build brands and manage reputations.

We are Marketeers.  We understand how to promote and market a business. Whether your needs are Graphic Creation, Social Media Management, Web Design & Development or Social Media Advertising we have the structure in place to be able to give a business everything they need.

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Infonote is a Software & App development specialist serving businesses across the UK. Specialising in bespoke software development, cross platform app development, database development, API
development and Web services. Our highly knowledgeable team are here to support businesses
throughout their technology journey, building strategies, defining and scoping projects, creating
specifications, delivering projects and providing ongoing client support services.

"The Leicester Business Festival is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase their talents to the rest of the UK and beyond. It is an opportunity for Leicestershire to throw a spotlight on the vibrant business community that exists and it’s a really good opportunity to be part of a popular and growing series of events that bring businesses of all types together.


The festival is the perfect opportunity for myself and the team at Infonote to network and develop new business relationships, discuss potential collaboration partnerships and promote the benefits of technology & innovation with other businesses. As a member of the business community we believe that it is important to support the festival by taking part, generate interest amongst other businesses and continue to encourage further investment in our local economy." - Peter Whelan, Managing Director, Infonote

0116 326 0296  |   https://www.infonote.com

AV Media


The Presentation Group is a full service event production company offering AV, technical and creative production, helping businesses to grow through effective communication. Supporting companies of all shapes and sizes from local SME’s to global corporations, they have over 25 years industry experience, a dedicated in-house team of production experts and a range of scalable solutions, from AV support at small meetings to full scale conference production.

“We are thrilled to be supporting the 2018 Leicester Business Festival. The event has developed remarkably since its inception and we are proud to be involved in its continued growth, the growth of Leicestershire’s business economy and the celebration of all it has to offer to an international market." - Dominic Robertson, Managing Director

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We specialize in corporate events, production and more particularly in company critical events such as high-profile product launches and press announcements.

In tandem with this, we offer 'concept to delivery' event management services for bespoke events, festivals and celebrations and act for clients who require a full event service delivery offer, including PR, Media, Marketing, Press and Brand development.

At Mindera we use technology to build products we are proud of, with people we love. We partner with our clients, to understand their product and deliver high-performance, resilient and scalable software systems that create an impact on their users and businesses across the world.


We work with a bunch of great people, where the whole team owns the project together. Our culture reflects our lean and self-organisation attitude. We encourage our colleagues to take risks, make decisions, work in a collaborative way and talk to everyone to enhance communication. We are proud of our work and we love to learn!