Leicester Castle Business School to be headline partner of Leicester Business Festival

Leicester Castle Business School will continue to champion the business community as the headline partner of the Leicester Business Festival for the next three years.

The festival, which returns between 23 October and 3 November this year, will be run by a community interest company called Leicester Business Festival Community Interest Company (CiC).

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It will help drive economic growth and inward investment for the region by putting Leicester and Leicestershire at the heart of the UK’s business agenda.

The festival will showcase the strength, diversity, innovation and forward-thinking culture of Leicester and Leicestershire’s business community, providing business leaders with an opportunity to widen their network, develop new ideas and engage across sectors.

LCBS Principal Dana Brown said: “By committing to the Leicester Business Festival for the next three years we want the business community to know that the Leicester Castle Business School is very much a part of, and resource for, their companies and staff.

“While teaching and research form a crucial part of what we do, working with businesses is equally important and our university academics and staff can support business growth in many ways.

“The festival’s key aims of promoting the region and supporting the drive for economic growth falls into perfect harmony with the university’s own strategies and initiatives.”

More than 100 events will be held during the festival. Business leaders themselves will set the agenda and develop the event themes.

A new look and feel for the festival is set to be unveiled later this month. Applications to host an event this year will open on April 1 and close on August 31.  

LBF is run in with Associate Events Limited. Managing director of Associate Events Alister de Ternant said: “LBF is run by business, for business.  Our partners and supporters are industry leaders in their respective fields and have invested heavily in LBF and the region’s placement in the local, national and international markets.”

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The chair of the board and director of the not-for-profit Leicester Business Festival CiC is Scott Knowles, chief executive of the East Midlands Chamber.

He said: “We are delighted to welcome Leicester Castle Business School as our headline partner for the next three years, demonstrating their commitment to local businesses and the growth of the Leicester and Leicestershire economy.

“They are becoming a European leader in business education and are clearly equipping the next generation of our community to innovate and grow from the ground up.” 

In addition to LCBS, the festival has also been supported by East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, East Midlands Airport and LLEP Business Gateway. More will be confirmed shortly.  

Posted on Friday 24th March 2017

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