DMU means business with 16 free events for Leicester Business Festival


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Business expertise from across De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) will be showcased next month as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

The festival, which this year celebrates five years of promoting business, has grown to become the second-largest B2B event in the UK, attracting an average of 7,000 people every year who all share a passion for the region and know first-hand the benefits of working here.

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Helen Donnellan, Director of Business Relations, said: “Leicester Business Festival is a highlight of the business calendar. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognise all the great industries in Leicestershire and to work together to promote the region.

“We’re passionate about the value of education at all stages of the business journey, from taking the first steps as an entrepreneur to staying at the top of your game as a business leader.

“We’re looking forward to attending as many events as we can this year, and we look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to DMU’s sessions.”

DMU academics will be showcasing the latest business thinking and ideas at 16 free events taking place on campus and around Leicester. They include:

• Impacting Business by Design (IBbD), which helps companies develop new products

• Leicester Entrepreneurship Day which aims to inspire students through speakers, workshops and meeting businesses

• Make Diversity Your Business, a new initiative to support businesses in becoming more inclusive and removing potential barriers for BAME staff

Over two weeks in October and November people can attend 115 free events to benefit their business, grow their network and work together to promote the area as a great place to live and work.

DMU’s Leicester Castle Business School became headline sponsor in 2016, the year it opened. Since then it has gone on to become a key resource for the business community, providing expert consultancy, bespoke training and a range of executive education programmes for managers and business owners alike.

Scott Charlish, head of East Midlands financial planning at Brewin Dolphin is the chair of the Business Festival Steering Group. He said: “I cannot stress enough how brilliant this year’s programme is. It really does have something for everyone. "

All events are free but places may be limited. They are open to anyone to book on via the Leicester Business Festival website.  

Partners and sponsors of the Leicester Business Festival include East Midlands Chamber, East Midlands Airport, LLEP Business Gateway, Brewin Dolphin, Pattersons Commercial Law, FSB, Shakespeare Martineau and Eileen Richards Recruitment. It is also supported by Everards Brewery, Harborough District Council, Bradgate Estates, Team Leicester, Highcross Leicester, Business Central, Growth Partners and the Nachural Entrepreneurship Awards.

Here are all DMU's events that are part of the Leicester Business Festival:

Make Diversity Your Business – October 28, Leicester Castle Business School
Discover the issues being tackled, and explore why diversity holds such value for companies.
Using Holograms to Sell – October 29, Leicester Castle Business School
Holograms offer one of the most realistic 3d imaging displays for companies – stand out in retail, trade exhibitions and showcase your products and services.
DMU Works Graduate and Placements Fair – October 29 and 30, The Venue at DMU
Around 2,000 DMU students will be meeting prospective employers at the event
Understanding Consumer Behaviour – October 30, Leicester Castle Business School
Find out how consumers respond to shop and product layouts and how to use data to predict behaviour
Creating public value with social technologies – Innovation Centre, October 30
How creative technologies can contribute to both economic growth and our wellbeing.
What’s your big idea? – October 31, National Space Centre
Have you got an idea for a great new product, but don’t know how to turn it into a reality?
Degree Apprenticeships – October 31, Leicester Castle Business School
Better Business Through GDPR – October 31, Gateway House, DMU
How business can benefit from an innovative approach to data collection and processing.
Think Beyond Now: Resilient Leadership – November 1, Leicester Castle Business School
Great leaders have resilience – the ability to bounce back from challenges, stay positive in turbulent times and keep moving forward. Hear some of the latest business research in this session which is aimed at leaders, founders and managers in micro and small businesses, across all sectors.
The Art of Creative Thinking – November 6, Vijay Patel Building
Art and design teams led a short session that teaches you techniques and approaches to developing ideas and solve problems that are sustainable and repeatable.
Leicester Entrepreneurship Day – November 5, DMU
A day of inspirational guest speakers, panel Q&As, live and pre-recorded interviews and networking, this event will provide an opportunity to celebrate local entrepreneurial successes and to inspire delegates through individuals from outside the region sharing their stories.
Nudge for Good – November 5, Leicester Castle Business School
Learn how behavioural science works and get practical tools that you can use. This event will be of interest to business, public policy and the third sector.
Using Technology to Improve Accessibility – November 6, Leicester Castle Business School
Meet contractors and consultants specialising in architecture and sports and leisure project development about how they use technology to make schemes happen.
English as a Lingua Franca – November 7, Jubilee Square
Learn how to communicate successfully with businesses around the world. In association with the Department for Trade and Industry.
Green Business Models - November 7, Vijay Patel Building
How to encourage sustainability and promote environmental benefits in business.
Using Robotics in Your Business –  November 7, Deacon Street, Leicester
Find out more about how robot logistics can help businesses and third sector organisations.

Posted on Thursday 26th September 2019

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