New directors appointed to Leicester Business Festival

The Leicester Business Festival (LBF) is the East Midlands largest B2B festival, held right across Leicester and Leicestershire. The next festival is happening from 7-18 November 2022.


Local businesses and organisations are behind the events, which aim to offer help and support, educate, share information and knowledge or create forums for networking, engagement and business growth. The LBF is operated through the Leicester Business Festival Community Interest Company (CIC) established in 2016.

The CIC currently consists of local business directors, Richard Osborn, Regional Director at Excello Law and former Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin, Ian McCormack. And recently welcomed David Nicholls, Sean Jarvis and Rupinder Drew as new directors. David Nicholls is the Managing Director of Better-IT Limited, Rupinder Drew is Business Enterprise Manager at Leicester College and Sean Jarvis is the CEO at Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

Richard Osborn, Regional director at Excello Law, Chair and a director of the LBF Community Interest Company (CIC) said: “We’re delighted to welcome the new directors who are not only knowledgeable across a range of sectors but they are influential locally and nationally. This is an exciting time for LBF as these appointments will build on the success and drive the festival forwards positively for the local business community.”

“Already Sean has supported the development of this year's festival, by hosting a preview event at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, with over 50 people attending. This was an amazing opportunity in a fantastic setting. We looked ahead to the festival 2022 and ways to expand the offer to the wider business community. Ultimately we want to make doing business in our region better than ever.”

Sean Jarvis, CEO at Leicestershire County Cricket Club and a new director of the LBF Community Interest Company (CIC) said: “It was fantastic to see new and familiar faces at the preview event. The wide range of people from so many varying sectors really does show that there’s a huge appetite for the festival this November.

“Leicester and Leicestershire are known worldwide for sporting successes and makes our region a place people are attracted to. Similarly to every business, each element in sport absolutely matters. From grass roots, investments, development and commitment right through to the live delivery.

“LBF is the perfect place for me to share some of the insights and experience I have. I am really looking forward to not just inputting my experience to help drive a more positive local economy, but to also learn from others about what makes Leicester and Leicestershire one of the best places to work and invest in.”

“I look forward to working closely with the other directors to make sure LBF 2022 is a huge success.”

There is still the opportunity to be a partner of the festival which is a great way to be recognised and support driving positive engagement as well as improving the local economy for inward investment.

So far, the businesses partnering with the 2022 festival include headline partner De Montfort University, East Midlands Chamber, Brewin Dolphin and Pattersons Commercial Law, British Business Bank, EMBARK CSR, Everards of Leicestershire, Highcross, Mem Saab, and Voluntary Action Leicester (VAL).

Applications to run an event at the festival are open now. The form is simple to complete and available online at: www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com. The number of events is limited so it is important that businesses interested submit their interest as soon as possible - entries will close on 9 September 2022.

For more information on getting involved, contact hello@leicesterbusinessfestival.com or call 0116 464 5995.

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