Partnerships for prosperity
It is in everyone’s interest to attract more investment and talent to Leicester and the surrounding region.
The economy in Leicester and Leicestershire is the largest in the East Midlands and we think it has huge potential to grow even more. The diversity of the region is hard to beat, whether you consider the mix of cultures or the mix of the bustling city and rolling countryside.
Since becoming involved in the festival for the first time last year, I have been lucky enough to meet inspirational business people from all over Leicestershire.
In those meetings, a common pattern has emerged among the most successful businesses. These businesses are serious about their investment in people – both in the way that they manage their organisations on a day-to-day basis and in terms of investing in continually building skills and opportunities for employees.
Educational institutions such as De Montfort University (DMU) and Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS) can be an important partner in a people focused approach, whether be it formally through business training or coaching, or informally through facilitating networks of local leaders and professionals.
LCBS is very much part of and a resource for, the city’s business community. We believe all employers and employees need to embrace continual learning and to know how to use information wisely, to reach decisions, communicate, negotiate and work together. At the same time, we as a provider of education need to understand and respond to the needs and interests of businesses in our community.
This year’s Leicester Business Festival represents an opportunity for you to discover new ideas that can support your business in its future growth and development. There are some fascinating events to attend, whatever your sector.
I am looking forward to attending as many events as possible and learning new things from those I meet. I urge you not to miss this opportunity. Step outside of your own sector, make new contacts and take advantage of this golden opportunity to celebrate and champion the Leicestershire business community.
I look forward to meeting you at the festival.
Professor Dana Brown, Principal of Leicester Castle Business School.