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Eight hundred businesses and two thousand people benefit from Leicester Business Festival 2023

Over 70 events took place across the two weeks of Leicester Business Festival 2023 which is officially the region’s largest business event and one of the UK’s largest business festivals.

Nearly 2000 people took part from 800 businesses. Early feedback already indicates that over 80% of attendees rated the events as good or excellent. One of the biggest impacts already from the festival is how one event - #BossBreakOut - raised funds for Leicester Hospitals Charity.

This was the first time this unique event was a part of the LBF line-up. Twelve of the city’s business leaders, CEOs and directors were ‘locked in’ a pop-up shop in Highcross which has been created by Leicester Hospitals Charity.

Bosses who took part collectively raised more than £15,000 to fund 12 new fold-away beds so that parents could comfortably stay with their children during their stay at the hospital.

At the closing event attended by festival organisers, supporters and hosted by music partner PPL PRS at their headquarters in Leicester three awards were given out. The awards went to the 'First Event to Sell Out' which was Create Better Content by Paul Ince at Like Mind Media, the 'Most Engaged Event Organiser' was Nicola Moss at Moss Social and the 'Most Unique Event' award went to Jim Willis at Create Leicester for their Bitter Sweet event.

Richard Osborn, Regional Director at Excello Law, Chair and a director of the LBF Community Interest Company (CiC) said: “LBF 2023 has been a great success for so many reasons including raising money for the local hospitals. In the world of social media we have seen incredible positive feedback being shared from people across business sectors who have attended or hosted events.

“New collaborations have emerged and relationships have formed and the annual occurrence of the festival means that ideas, innovations and shared knowledge create great outcomes for the wider business community.

“Thank you must go to every single person who gets involved in the festival but especially to those businesses who support and partner with the festival including De Montfort University, Pattersons Commercial Law (recently aquired by Nelsons), University of Leicester, Everards of Leicestershire, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, Leicester Hospitals Charity and TheMusicLicence, by PPL PRS Ltd.

“Watch this space as next year LBF celebrates its 10th anniversary, a superb milestone and opportunity to develop something extraordinary as a business community together.”

To find out more about LBF 2023 or sign up for the latest information about the festival in 2024 visit the website at


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