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DMU business experts prepare host of free events for Leicester Business Festival

Business experts at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are preparing a packed programme of events for the 2017 Leicester Business Festival.
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DMU’s Leicester Castle Business School is headline partner of the festival, which is the region’s largest event of its kind, developed by business for business.

It aims to drive economic growth by showcasing the region’s expertise and enabling businesses to make new connections during two weeks beginning October 23.

Today, as this year's programme is officially launched, DMU is proud to be hosting 14 events at this year’s festival, which focus on giving practical support to companies looking to grow their business, start-ups seeking inspiration and advice and demonstrating how to use academic expertise to find new ways of connecting with customers and audiences.

The events are:

•    Think you’re too old to be an apprentice? You’d be wrong. The Government’s funding scheme for apprentices is not just for young people it can help middle managers hone leadership skills. We’re welcoming Alison Cox, Head of Apprenticeships at the Chartered Management Institute to DMU for this special event.


•    Graduate Recruitment Fair – a two-day event at DMU which aims to support graduate retention by finding our talented students jobs with leading companies

•    Attend the launch of a new monthly event for start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs – Connect at the Co-Working Café. Meet up, share knowledge and ideas – it’s a free opporunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs

•    Learn how to really connect with your employees and discover what works – and what doesn’t – when trying to engage teams


•    The surprising way to boost productivity – interior design. Our experts show how design can make people happier and more focused

•    A free masterclass in what you need to know to protect your business from cyber attacks


•    How good design can make sure your next product flies off the shelves and leaves customers delighted


•    Examine new ways of getting funding for the arts and creative industries by adopting lessons from the US philanthropy movement


•    Are you a business with a focus on civic responsibility or social good? Find out how your business could team up with a student under the Dissertations for Good programme


•    Find out how new technology could transform your textile business 


•    Discover how to use heritage and storytelling to infuse your fashion, textile or design brand

•    Do you have a project that you’d like to run, or research you want to carry out for your company, but no time? Find out how your company could benefit from a Master’s student to carry out the work free over three months


•    Could your company be earning more money from renewables? Join DMU’s Professor Rick Greenough to find out how SMEs can join the energy revolution


•    Discover how creative technologies research could benefit your business

Professor Dana Brown, Principal of Leicester Castle Business School of Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, said: “It is going to be a very exciting fortnight and we are delighted to be at the forefront as headline sponsor.

“Through the Business Festival we are eager to show that Leicester Castle Business School is an integral part of the business community as well as a key resource for the businesses in the region.”

New to the festival this year is a conference celebrating women in business run by the ‘Woman Who’ network in conjunction with the Federation of Small Businesses. The conference will aim to inspire women to have the confidence to start or grow their businesses.



Along with Leicester Castle Business School as headline partner, the festival also has the support of well-known business organisations including East Midlands Chamber, LLEP Business Gateway, the Federation of Small Businesses, Highcross Leicester, Brewin Dolphin, Leicester Racecourse and IBM. 

Other supporters include East Midlands Trains, Institute of Directors, De Montfort University, Leicester University and media partners, Capital FM, Global Radio and the Leicester Mercury.

Posted on Tuesday 3rd October 2017

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