Events 2017

Our #LBF2017 events engaged across many industry sectors, supporting the core purpose of the Leicester Business Festival, encouraging regional innovation and economic growth. 


Exploit Apprenticeship funding to gain senior leadership skills for your business 

This event brought together a panel of experts to discuss the new developments in leadership skills development, and in particular Higher and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities. With presentations from guest speakers Alison Cox, Head of Apprenticeships at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and Leon Lloyd, Former Leicester and England Rugby Player on his learning journey into managing business. Read more here.  

Graduate Recruitment and Placements Fair 2017

The DMU annual Graduate Recruitment and Placements Fair provided the opportunity for more than 70 of the region’s biggest employers to speak to students from a range of subject areas who are looking for or want to find out more about graduate and placement roles. Among the companies that attended are clothing and homeware giant NEXT, global online retailer ASOS, the world’s biggest rental company Enterprise Rent-a-Car, home furnishings company Dunelm and energy firm E-on, as well as University Hospitals of Leicester, Hewlett Packard, HMRC and PWC. Read more here

Connect at the Co-working Cafe - Starting a business in the fashion industry

This engaging networking event showcased successful entrepreneurs sharing the highs and lows of their business journeys at an event packed with top tips, practical advice and inspiration for start-ups. Neil Clough, finalist on BBC’s The Apprentice and now company boss; Matt Bird, who owns luxury clothing brand We Are Gntlemen and Pritesh Vegad, founder of designer jewellery brand Diamond Boutique were all in the hot seat for the first Connect At the Co-Working Café held at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s Innovation Centre. Read more here.   

The significance of space and how we use it - improve efficiency, productivity and creativity

Organised by the Interior Design programme at DMU, this event provided opportunities for sharing knowledge and skills with the business community on how interior space can impact on efficiency, productivity, and creativity in any sector. Recognising that each business has its own unique issues, challenges, and goals which need consideration when rethinking the space in which it is housed. The event included 'round table' discussions with industry experts on the theme of strategic design thinking to support business development.

Beyond Business as Usual - networking and development opportunities at Leicester Castle Business School

This event hosted a series of taster sessions to showcase Leicester Castle Business School’s (LCBS) Executive Education and Masterclass programmes. It was a fantastic opportunity for those looking to develop rich and versatile skill sets and enhance and build their managerial capabilities. Sessions included business coaching with experienced executive coach Lucy Mullins, discovering how to take the next step in your coaching career, and how Brexit is causing uncertainties in food businesses, including changing consumer demands, new laws and supply chain problems.

Design approaches to business innovation

A business engagement event that showcased and disseminated work from DMU's Creative and Cultural Industries Group and their work on Business Ecologies, discussing new approaches to business innovation based on design and design-based thinking.

What do cyber security and privacy mean to my business?

With the widespread media coverage of the recent cyber-attack on the NHS, companies are asking themselves more questions about how they would cope with an incident like this. In addition, as we move towards the deadline for new data protection laws, this event addressed the impact these will have on how organisations conduct their business. DMU's experts from the Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) provided an overview of the significance of cyber security to companies and offered practical guidelines on how to protect business information and clients’ personal data in the changing legal environment. Are you making these 10 cyber security mistakes?

Dissertation for Good

The Dissertation for Good programme connects students with organisations and businesses to complete research projects together into social, economic and environmental sustainability. This event explained how the Dissertations for Good programme works and how it can benefit local organisations and businesses.

Mixed Economies - diversifying income streams in cultural and creative businesses

Academics from the Creative and Cultural Research Group at DMU tracked the fortunes of 20 regional arts companies over two years, following a 2010 Government funding review which led to nationwide cuts. This event disseminated new work to assist the continued growth of Leicestershire's creative and cultural businesses and was hosted by DMU’s Leicester Castle Business School, The Institute of Fundraisers' Cultural Sector Network and Cultivate, which specialises in helping arts organisations find audiences and explore new income streams across the East Midlands. Read more here.

Creative technology in textiles

This event introduced the audience to electroplating techniques in the textiles industry and how this might be used to open up new opportunities for local textiles and related businesses to strengthen their competitiveness. In addition, attendees were introduced to how algorithms can be used to tailor textiles production and services to improve competitiveness, and how this can be easily achieved through professional service input.

The value of heritage in textiles and clothing

Showcasing the role of heritage in the textile and fashion industry, whether in terms of brand value, in promoting a regional design identity founded on the authenticity of a highly skilled creative tradition, or as a knowledge resource or in inspiring new design work. The event considered examples of companies using their own design history in establishing a strong brand, as well as the role of museums and heritage centres in acting as the focal point for the identity of a regional industry cluster.

No Cost (MBA/MSc) Business Resource - With a Free Curry and Beer Tasting Included!

This networking event included brief talks from Associate Prof David Gordon (Head of Executive Company Projects at LCBS) and Robert Bracken (General Manager, Leicester Racecourse) who have first hand experience of the impact that the 'Executive Company Project' can make on your business. More information about the 'Executive Company Project' programme can be found here.

Creative and cultural roles of emerging technologies

A panel of experts came together to dispel common misunderstandings and concerns about creative technologies, and talk openly about how these can provide the cornerstone of new business growth strategies. The event engaged businesses looking to understand more about new technologies, as well as stakeholders wanting to learn more about how technology can change thinking about industrial, urban, cultural, and transport policies, especially in SMART cities.

Preparing Leicestershire businesses for the smart energy revolution

DMU has a strong track record in cutting edge energy research, and Rick Greenough Professor of Energy Systems led this event on how businesses can make the most of new opportunities and avoid some of the potential pitfalls of the energy revolution. The event included guest speakers on electric vehicles and funding opportunities. Rick was also sector lead in Low Carbon for #LBF2017.


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