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We are extremely grateful to all partners for their support, which continues to ensure the Festival’s sustainability and success.

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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.


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. 


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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

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Leicester Hospitals Charity


The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides unique loans to new and existing business

owners across Leicestershire and Rutland. Unlike other lenders, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity’s loans of up to £20,000 are completely interest-free. In addition, all successful applicants have a three-year period to get their business venture up and running, before equal monthly repayments commence over six years.

We have helped countless entrepreneurs and business owners make their dreams a reality, with award-winning hair stylist Barrie Stephen – now our patron – among the many beneficiaries. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s simply what we do. Visit our website for more information and read some of our success stories.

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At the heart of the UK, Leicester is a leading university committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching.


Founded in 1921 as a memorial to the Great War, the University of Leicester has a proud history of ambitious projects that lead to amazing discoveries. This is where genetic fingerprinting was invented in 1984 and home of the team who found King Richard III.


In our second century, we will continue to aspire to be the very best in everything that we do.


We offer a broad breadth of courses incorporating a spectrum of subjects across our undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.


Our reputation speaks for itself – we are world renowned for our discoveries, for advancing the frontiers of knowledge and for tackling contemporary issues.


Our league table standing places us among the leading UK universities.


We are value driven – we believe in inclusivity and in breaking down barriers to achievement.


We are based in one of the most diverse cities in the UK and Europe and this has shaped our identity and mission: Diverse in our makeup and united in ambition – we pursue excellence in knowledge and learning to transform our community, our world and beyond.



Becoming a Business Festival partner has numerous benefits, including unparalleled exposure, guaranteed value for money, access to new business leads as well as importantly, demonstrating a real commitment to the local business community.


No matter what size, any business or organisation can get involved. Each partnership is bespoke and tailored to suit individual requirements, to ensure partners get the most out of their arrangement with the Business Festival and see a substantial return on their investment that is aligned with their strategic business objectives.


For more information or an informal discussion on how to become a Business Festival partner, contact Ian Morris on 0116 464 5995



The Business Festival works with venue partners who can offer free or discounted space to event organisers to hold their events during the festival fortnight. In doing so, venue partners can maximise their exposure to the business community and demonstrate a true commitment to collaborative working and investment in our city and county.

To become an LBF venue partner, contact us on 0116 464 5995 or email

To enquire about using an LBF venue, please get in touch with the venue directly. See contact details below.

Venue partners
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Leicester Castle Business School

 0116 250 6070

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Emma Lay

07495 924549

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Johnna Bosley

07976 881369

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Sam Belson

0116 234 7200

Registered Charity Number:

216401 and  SC037717

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Catthorpe Manor Estate & Hotel

01788 860599

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Furnley House and Asset Intelligence

0116 269 6311

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