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Institute of Directors (IoD) enhances expanding lineup of partners for LBF’s 10th anniversary

The Leicester Business Festival (LBF) is thrilled to announce the Institute of Directors (IoD) as the latest prestigious partner for its 10th anniversary celebration, set to take place from November 4 to 15, 2024. 

The inclusion of the Institute of Directors (IoD), renowned nationally as representing senior business leaders, underscores the festival’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the business sector.

The IoD joins an esteemed and growing lineup of festival partners including the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire)De Montfort UniversityUniversity of LeicesterEverards of LeicestershireThe Sir Thomas White Loan CharityLeicester Hospitals CharityHighcross Shopping Centre, and TheMusicLicence by PPL PRS Ltd.

Richard Osborn, Regional Director at Excello Law and Chair of the LBF Community Interest Company (CIC), said: "The IoD joining the Leicester Business Festival's partner lineup brings immense credibility. Their involvement enriches the festival with expertise and insights, while also supporting the growing network of festival partners who are all dedicated to demonstrating their commitment to local economic growth and advocating for a thriving business environment."

Craig Bentley, Branch Chair for Leicestershire & South East Midlands for the Institute of Directors said: "We are thrilled to be involved with the Leicester Business Festival, especially as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. This festival truly showcases the innovation and drive that defines Leicestershire and the surrounding region. We are excited to provide our members with new opportunities to connect with local businesses, acquire new skills, and contribute their knowledge and experience as directors to the growth of our local economy. We also encourage non-members to take this opportunity to learn more about the Institute of Directors by connecting with our members and discovering the benefits of membership.”

This year LBF promises a diverse line-up of free, interactive, and appealing events. From workshops, product launch showcases, and seminars to business awards, conferences, and debates, there is something for everyone.

With 25 percent of the festival event slots already filled, now is the time to organise and apply with your event idea to secure your spot and help make LBF2024 an unforgettable business fortnight. 

Richard, continues: “Businesses of all sizes and from all sectors are invited to get involved in the LBF. It’s a fantastic opportunity to spark new ideas, offer learning opportunities, and highlight good practice in any industry. This festival is the most unique way for Leicester and Leicestershire to collaboratively show the rest of the business world what we are made of."

A significant highlight in this year's programme is the East Midlands Chamber Awards, which will take place on November 8, 2024. These annual awards celebrate business excellence across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire, highlighting achievements in categories such as excellence in innovation, outstanding growth, and business improvement through technology. Entries for the awards are open until July 19 – visit the East Midlands Chamber Awards website for details.

Hosting an event at LBF offers numerous benefits, including exposure, recognition, networking opportunities, and potential revenue leads. Businesses interested in hosting an event can apply easily through an online form at


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