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. 


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.



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


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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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The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, is an initiative launched by the government-owned British Business Bank.

MEIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the West Midlands and East and South East Midlands.

It provides over £250m of commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds and is a key part of the government's vision aimed at boosting the region's economy and supporting the growth of smaller businesses. These investment options are designed to plug common gaps in the provision of finance, giving businesses access to much needed funding.

The government firmly believes that SMEs form the foundation of the region's future growth. MEIF therefore aims to nurture regional entrepreneurship by providing investment and support for small businesses. MEIF's funding will support new and growing SMEs, create jobs and encourage and attract additional private sector investment.


Highcross opened its doors in September 2008 in the heart of Leicester City Centre. Highcross has over 100 shops and 35 cafes and restaurants providing 104,900 m² of retailing across two retail levels, integrated into the city centre. Alongside John Lewis, Highcross has major stores such as Urban Outfitters, Zara, Apple, Topshop and Reiss and premium retail and leisure brands, Hugo Boss and Cinema de Lux.


In addition to the retail offer, the public square and external spaces, Highcross offers a dining and leisure destination with Treetop Adventure Golf, Social Cimbing, Tamatanga, Wagamama, Friday’s and Turtle Bay.

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Leicester Business Improvement District (BID) was voted in in November 2017. The BID area includes 698 businesses, covering most of Leicester city centre. Over its five-year term, BID Leicester will raise £4.2m revenue to spend on projects which help to make the city a great place to live, work, study and do business. For more information on BID Leicester’s work, read the full business plan and information about ongoing projects online.

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At Ladey Adey Publications we believe there is a book in everyone.  Set up in 2016 by mother and daughter team, Ladey and Abbirose Adey.  They are authors themselves (over ten books), run an Author Mentoring Programme (30 Members) and are soon to launch, The Book Academy -  all to help writers become authors travelling on their unique book journey in non-fiction, business and children’s books.


LBV is a non-profit making organisation, sitting at the heart of the Leicester business community. LBV was created 19 years ago by business professionals within the city who recognised a need for a focal point where the experience and expertise of business people could be used for the benefit of the business and local community.


LBV includes organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, and high on the LBV agenda is helping local businesses to thrive so it works with key decision makers to stimulate debate, raise areas of concern and shape policy affecting businesses by working with local and regional decision makers to shape and influence policy affecting the local economy.


LBV is led by a board of directors, who on behalf of the membership, are responsible for establishing the overall strategic direction of the business.



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.

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Emma Lay

07495 924549


North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

0330 058 3000


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Johnna Bosley

07976 881369

Gosia Khrais

07980 784 528


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Jennifer Moore

0116 234 7200

Registered Charity Number:

216401 and  SC037717

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MIRA Technology Institute

02476 935680

Details  |  Costs  |  Brochure

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Premier UK Events Ltd

The Hybrid Event Studio

Ben McCarthy

0116 2029953

Details  |  Specs  |. Brochure


Ramada Encore Leicester

0116 366 1050

0745 801 3337


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Novotel Leicester

07702 223748


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Catthorpe Manor Estate & Hotel

01788 860599


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University of Leicester

School of Business