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Last call for Business Festival events

With the Leicester Business Festival only a couple of months’ away, businesses are reminded that event applications need to be submitted by 4 September.

This year’s Festival, headline sponsored by Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University (DMU), takes place from 28 October to 8 November.

Some 100 events are expected to be part of the programme, which is already looking in great shape with many applications already received.

Stand-out events so far include a Leicestershire Entrepreneurship Day, hosted by DMUworks at De Montfort University, which will include inspirational guest speakers, panel Q&As, interviews and networking to provide delegates with inspiration, motivation, ideas and tips for driving their business idea forward.

Tech4i2 is also running an invaluable property event for developers, investors, agents and policymakers, entitled ‘Insights into the East Midlands Commercial Property Market’. This will provide unique insights in to the regional market and will specifically highlight areas with the greatest demand for commercial properties and the highest returns for investors.

The University of Leicester’s ‘Opportunities in Clinical Data’ which will be extremely high profile in the healthcare sector. This is looking at how the development of innovative new digital technology and artificial intelligence will revolutionise our healthcare systems.

It is specifically aimed at medical technology, healthcare and software businesses or entrepreneurs, who will learn what the NHS’s new product requirements are, and how they can work with clinical data experts to develop innovative healthcare technologies.

Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council intend to use this year's festival to launch a brand new strategy that outlines how the area intends to compete as a 21st century tourist destination. The City Mayor, Visit Britain and speakers from top local tourist attractions, including Sharon Redrobe, CEO of Twycross Zoo and Chair of the Tourism Advisory Board who helped shape the plan, will outline how the tourism landscape is changing and how Leicester and Leicestershire are preparing for the years ahead by embracing new trends and opportunities.

Scott Charlish, head of East Midlands financial planning at Brewin Dolphin and chair of the Business Festival Steering Group said, “I’m very excited about this year’s Business Festival. The programme contains the ideal mix of outstanding, nationally and regionally-significant events coupled with a good number of useful, solid events that will address challenges faced by small and medium sized businesses in all sectors.

“This means the Festival is meeting its aims of helping businesses across Leicestershire, whilst gaining wider recognition for the area as being a leader in commerce and culture, placing Leicester & Leicestershire in the investment spotlight.”

“Application-wise, however, we are now approaching the eleventh hour. There are only a few days remaining to submit event applications and many of the dates in the Business Festival fortnight are quite busy now. I would suggest anyone still thinking of submitting an event should do so immediately.”

Being part of the Business Festival is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate skills, products and services to a wide audience. Anyone can apply to run an event and all applications must be submitted via the website by Wednesday 4 September.

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