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Final week to apply to host an event at Leicester Business Festival

There is just one more week for businesses to submit their Leicester Business Festival (LBF) events before applications close on Friday, September 4.

The LBF is taking place from November 2-13. Events can be hosted on any subject, so long as they stand to help or benefit other businesses. This could mean sharing best practise, innovations, offering business or employee support or assistance, for example.

There is no cost to run an event in the LBF but they should be free to attend where at all possible. Already, there are some fantastic businesses involved in the LBF and the new programming board has been very busy cultivating events in their sectors.

There will be many examples about best practice, lessons learned and practical, innovative ways in which Leicester businesses have dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic, across all the sectors.

Everards Brewery has some great accounts of how pubs have adapted and found new ways to meet the challenges. There will also be some great resilience practices in the retail and tourism industries that will be shared through the festival's events.  

Sport and health will see a spotlight on the future role that sport and physical activity can play, and there will also potentially be an event to develop the connection between Leicester’s premiership sports teams and the community.

DMU has been delivering free support to businesses to help them reassess goals, plan next steps and test new ideas. Helen Donnellan, Director of Business Engagement, who is also the sector lead for education said: "All of us have had to learn new ways of doing business since the pandemic and there’s so many good ideas to share. 

"This year’s Leicester Business Festival provides us... with a unique opportunity to drive collaboration, share new learning and identify skills gaps in our organisations.  

"Learning new skills and sharing best practice is the best way we have to equip ourselves and our employees for the challenges ahead. As one of the region’s top business schools, DMU can be part of that solution."

Richard Osborn, Regional Director at Excello Law, is a director of the LBF Community Interest Company (CiC). He said: “It has been an incredibly difficult time for Leicester, but the LBF is a great opportunity for Leicester and Leicestershire to showcase its resilience, strength of partnerships, innovation and excellence.

“I would like to encourage everyone to get involved, if not applying to run an event, but by attending.”

All applications must be submitted on the LBF website by 5pm on Friday, September 4.

Tickets to events will be going live on the LBF website over the coming weeks, on a first come, first served basis.


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