Region’s biggest business festival begins on Monday

Over 80 business events will be taking place throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and online over the next fortnight as 2022 Leicester Business Festival (LBF) kicks off on Monday [7 November]. Tickets are available right now and they are completely free!


The festival dates also coincide with COP27 - the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference - themed around protecting the world's biodiversity for limiting carbon emissions and adapting to climate impacts.

At LBF 2022, climate impact is also featured strongly on the agenda with experts set to highlight real life examples of ways businesses can work towards net zero and be more sustainable. As well as first hand insights from Twycross Zoo on biodiversity there will be a range of expertise from local universities and businesses.

One event which will showcase the race to net zero is ‘Field of Dreams: creating a grass roots net zero football club.’ Taking place on 11 November 12-1.30pm at Heritage House, DMU Campus.

This project involves researchers at DMU who have begun scoping work with Leicester Nirvana Football Club to identify how a team begins the process of decarbonisation. The aim is to help the club become Net Zero in carbon emissions in all aspects of the beautiful game. This includes travel to games, the players’ diets and nutrition, the kits the players wear to train, the clubhouses and lighting, recycling practices and inclusive values. Both teams want to use the SDGs as a framework for collaboration to achieve their visions.

Associate Director of SDG Impact, and Net Zero Research Theme Director at De Montfort University, Mark Charlton said: “This is a very exciting project, whether you like football or not. There are so many aspects to amateur sport that will need addressing as we all work towards a Net Zero future. This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to come along and find out more about the actions Leicester Nirvana are taking to reach net zero.”

Other events themed around sustainability include:

With a total of 82 free-to-attend events in the LBF covering a broad range of topics including marketing, growth, law and finance, there is sure to be something for businesses in all sectors.

Tickets are available now and can be secured online at: www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com

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