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One week before 2020 Business Festival gets underway

The annual Leicester Business Festival (LBF) kicks off another exciting fortnight of business in just one week’s time, starting on Monday 2 November.

Headline partnered by De Montfort University, the LBF is now in its sixth year. Originally established by the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) in 2014 for the benefit of the people and businesses in the region, it became a Community Interest Company operating independently in 2016. Over the years, it has evolved and grown substantially into an established and significant event in the annual business calendar.

The vast majority of the 100-plus events in this year’s programme - all put on by different companies across Leicester & Leicestershire - are largely digital.

The Leicestershire business community has completely embraced the concept of a digital business festival and already, hundreds of tickets to attend events have been registered.

Scott Charlish, divisional director of financial planning at Brewin Dolphin is the chair of the LBF programming committee and sector lead for professional services. He said, “Having been involved in the Business Festival’s operations for a few years, the LBF is probably more important now than at any other time. It offers the perfect chance to get inspiration, discover innovation, opportunities and find out about the help, advice and business support that is out there. And with so many high-calibre events being run digitally, it is easy to join from the comfort of your own desk.”

“At a time when the region is really in need of a boost, the business community has pulled together admirably to make this festival happen and I would encourage everyone to take a look at the fantastic array of events in the programme.”

There are over 100 events in the LBF, that span ten key sectors. Examples of support to help businesses to deal with working in the ‘new normal’ include the IOD’s, “Impact of the Pandemic on Opportunities for Growth and Exit for You and Your Business,” on 4 November; ‘Managing Change in an Uncertain World’ from the Business Gateway and “Business Challenges & Insolvency post-COVID” by Pattersons Law, which are both on 6 November. Last year’s LBF award-winner, EatPOS, will also be giving useful tips and techniques to allow your business to grow in the new normal, on Tuesday 3 November.

This is just a very small sample of what is on offer in the Festival. The good news is all events are free to join or attend!

Tickets must be reserved in advance through the LBF website and they can be booked on-line right up until the day before each event. 

The LBF is headline partnered by De Montfort University and is run in association with Associate Events. Partners are East Midlands Chamber; Business Gateway Growth Hub. Sponsors are Brewin Dolphin; Pattersons Commercial Law and the University of Leicester and supporters are: Everards Brewery; Leicester Castle Business School (DMU); Bradgate Estates, IOD, PPL & PRS, Highcross Leicester, British Business Bank (Midlands Engine Investment Fund), Bid Leicester, Novotel, Comedy Festival, The Lionheart Trust, FSB, Digital Ethos and Team Leicester. Media partners are Metro News and the App partner is Infonote.

For more information visit the LBF website at or call 0116 464 5995.


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