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Here are the dates for 2018 Leicester Business Festival - and details of how to sign up

The dates have been revealed for the fourth annual Leicester Business Festival.

The celebration of the best the local business community has to offer takes place this year from Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 9.

Organisers hope it will repeat the success of the 2017 festival which, they said, featured 154 events split into 13 sectors attended by 10,000 people.  This year organisers are planning some changes to the format, including reducing the number of events to 125 – putting more emphasis on quality over quantity.  They said almost one in four of last year’s events was a sell-out while a quarter of attendees came from outside of Leicestershire.  The included 80 people from as far afield as Russia, China, USA, France, Greece and even Ecuador.

Events this year, covering the whole of the city and county, will once again range from tradeshows, seminars and workshops to award ceremonies and recruitment fairs.  De Montfort University's Leicester Castle Business School is the 2018 headline partner again, after signing a three-year deal in 2017.  East Midlands Chamber, the LLEP Business Gateway and East Midlands Airport are also continuing their support of the festival for another two years.  Scott Knowles, the regional chamber’s chief executive is also chairman of the community interest company set up to run the festival.  He said they were in discussion for new partners to help promote the fortnight,  “The business festival is here to stay and will continue to grow and support the community that it serves.  Each year, we meticulously review all feedback and have looked closely at everything from the number and quality of events, alignment of key sectors to the local strategic economic plan and attendee data.  To ensure the festival continues to achieve its strategic objectives – to drive inwards investment and support the business community in Leicester and Leicestershire – we are making some adjustments for 2018, full details of which will be announced later.  On February 12, we will open the new application process on the LBF website for those who want to run events in this year’s festival.  Based on past experience, we expect applications to come in rapidly.  As the number of events will be limited to 125, I would urge everyone to get their applications in as soon as possible.”

Dana Brown, principal of Leicester Castle Business School said: “The business festival has real traction and now clearly has an international presence.  It is truly helping to place Leicester firmly on the global map and showcasing the strengths, innovation and diversity of our great city and county and it is creating a real momentum in inward interest, with an array of enquiries from those wanting to hear more about this great area.  The festival’s approach and ethos is something which aligns perfectly with the strategic and ambitions aims of Leicester Castle Business School – to promote our city and region to ultimately encourage its economic development for the prosperity of all.  As the first 'modern' university in the United Kingdom to have a 'ranked' business school, we appreciate the importance of the business festival’s positive impact, its potential and we recognise the investment it can bring to the area.  So, it’s very important that we continue to be at the heart of and continue to support the biggest business initiative in the region.”

 

Source: Leicester Mercury

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