Past Events

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.


Events 2016

As part of the Leicester Business Festival 2016, De Montfort University hosted a number of events showcasing our research, business and innovation expertise, demonstrating how we can support and work in partnership with both local, regional and national businesses to deliver innovation and growth.

Connected Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Mobility

This event was a showcase of the latest technological developments in driverless cars and intelligent vehicles held at the world-class MIRA site. The event provided attendees with the opportunity to learn more about DMU’s IMPART intelligent mobility collaboration, which also involves Loughborough, Nottingham Trent and Coventry universities. The project supports the Government’s Transport System Catapult (TSC) set up to test the latest theories on sustainable transport. 

The Innovation Centre - a gateway to De Montfort University Research, Business and Innovation

This session included an overview of how The Innovation Centre supports local entrepreneurs, acting as a gateway to University expertise. There was the opportunity to hear from and meet a number of our resident businesses and experts to find out more about how we work with business across a number of sectors.  

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships - Your Questions Answered

De Montfort University has a long standing and successful background of engaging positively with employers in collaborative working. The University’s diverse academic portfolio and history of delivering innovative and alternative routes into Higher Education place it firmly as a provider of choice for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Low Carbon Buildings

Dr Rick Greenough and co-presenters showcased the latest research innovations from renewable energy systems and advances in low carbon construction techniques. Dr Rick Greenough was sector lead for Low Carbon as part of the 2016 Leicester Business Festival.

Executive Company Projects - No-cost Masters student business resource

Leicester Castle Business School (De Montfort University) offers organisations the use of a Masters student resource for a specified three / six month period, called the ‘Executive Company Project’. At this succinct breakfast briefing, experts and project tutors answered questions on this skilled, no-cost business project resource.

The Power of 3 Leicestershire Universities Supporting Business - Talent acquisition and knowledge retention

The Universities of De Montfort, Leicester and Loughborough joined forces to support locally based businesses at an exclusive Business Festival event in partnership with the LLEP’s (Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership’s) Business Gateway (LLEP’s Growth Hub). At the event the three Universities emphasised their commitment to the types and levels of support available for local business to become more competitive and innovative.  

TRIIFIC! Healthcare Textiles

Healthcare Textiles showcased the breadth of innovation emerging from Leicestershire organisations. Presentations highlighted two development themes, anti-microbial and structural textiles, while delegates networked around the presentation sessions. Picking up the Healthcare theme from DMU’s TRIIFIC! textiles industry forum, and in partnership with Medilink EM, the event featured talks from Leicestershire companies with international reputations active in this area, and from leading edge researchers.  

Sports-led Place Marketing, Growth, and Place-Making

This event showcased the impacts of the LCFC Premier league win of 2016 on Leicester’s hospitality sectors, and stimulated wider consideration of how sports can lever investment and new business potential through a combination of investment, visitor appeal, and place marketing. Drawing on research conducted by Leicester Castle Business School during the summer of 2016, this contribution to the Festival has highlighted the economic impact of the football win on the city, in terms of economic growth to hospitality sectors in which there was a direct link with home and away fans.

Setting up a Successful Social Enterprise

In this event at DMU’s Innovation Centre, Dr Sallah, The 2015 Times Higher Education most innovative teacher in the country, talked about his experiences of setting up Global Hands (a social enterprise which grew within the university’s Innovation Centre), sharing stories of his success and takeaway tips for anybody who is considering setting up their own social enterprise.

Leicester Castle Business School Business Breakfast Club

Both Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS) and #DMUlocal are committed to De Montfort University's goal of responding to some of the most critical challenges facing Leicester by using its skills, expertise and research to support the community and boost the local economy.

The LCBS Business Breakfast Club was the first opportunity for local businesses to learn about LCBS commitment to Leicester through a short talk about #DMUlocal and it's work in the city followed by a presentation by the LCBS Principal Professor Dana Brown about the history and local significance of having a Business School committed to supporting local enterprises.

Is your company at risk of a cyber attack?

At this event DMU cyber psychologist Dr Lee Hadlington revealed the latest tricks used by cyber criminals to hack into your company’s system or get employees to hand over confidential information or secretly install malicious software – technically known as 'social engineering'. Revealing the most frequent mistakes companies are making and the surprising ways in which staff are potentially leaving their company’s customer list open to the cyber crooks. In addition, experts from IntaForensics Ltd, specialists in digital forensics and cyber security demonstrated a live cyber-attack exercise and the ease with which an attacker can steal sensitive information from a victim by escalating access permissions on a system to take screen shots, activate webcam streaming and download user files.

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