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Leicester Business Festival set for its biggest year yet

22 Oct 2018
IoD East Midlands

119 outstanding events, across all sectors – there’s something for everyone

Now in its fourth year, the Leicester Business Festival is a firm feature in the local business calendar and it is by far, the largest business event in the region!

Running from 29 October to 9 November, the 2018 Business Festival boasts 119 exceptional events taking place all over the city and county during the fortnight. There are events in each of the LBF’s 11 key sectors – considered to be of strategic importance to the area or expected to experience significant growth.

Sectors comprise: Business Support, Communications & Marketing; Creative Industries; Distribution & Logistics; Education & Skills; Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Hi-Tech Manufacturing; Professional Services; Property & Construction; Retail, Tourism & Hospitality; Space & Aerospace; Sport, Health & Life Sciences.

The Leicester Business Festival has something for everyone – whether a start-up, SME, large corporate business, MD, employee of self-employed business owner. There are events that challenge the status quo; offer unique supply chain opportunities; help you to develop your public speaking skills or find out how to access to private equity capital; upskilling your employees; managing staff – or alternatively, how to be a better employer!

Nearly all events are completely free to attend although tickets must be reserved in advance through the LBFwebsite. Events are all available to browse, search and book on the LBF website or via the LBF App. It’s downloadable from Google Play or the App store.

Tickets are ‘first come, first served’ so be quick, as some events have already sold out! Take a look at the Leicester Business Festival today! 

IoD East Midlands is delighted to be hosting two events as part of the festival

To book onto Funding for growth in a post-Brexit world or the airport tour event (below),contact the IoD regional office

E: or

T: 0115 848 6190, or see

Funding for growth in post-Brexit world

Date: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Time: 8:30am - 11:30am

Venue: DOCK, Pioneer Park, 75 Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NU

Cost: Free of charge for all

This event is a super opportunity to look at key questions business leaders have in the Brexit debate, from workforce planning to financing growth.To help us address this issue will be Jamie Kerr, the IoD’s Head of External Affairs and Lewis Stringer, Senior Relationship Manager at the British Business Bank.

Jamie joined the IoD in 2014 and leads the IoD’s engagement across Government and the wider UK political community. Lewis joined the British Business Bank in 2016 and has a 20-year career in economic development. The British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses, and provides over £250m of investment to boost small and medium business growth in the Midlands.

Unique airside tour of East Midlands Airport and DHL

Date: Tuesday, 30th October

Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Venue: East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington,

Derby DE74 2SA

The IoD East Midlands welcomes members and guests to this unique opportunity to have an out-of-hours tour of East Midlands Airport. The airport is the region’s global gateway, connecting people to over 80 destinations worldwide and goods to 200 countries. As the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport, it handles 1,000 tonnes a day.

This tour gives delegates a behind-the-scenes look at how EMA makes the transition from daytime low-cost 

*Please note this event is fully booked, however there is a waiting list if you are interested*short haul holiday airport to a specialist cargo Hub. This includes a minibus tour of the apron and a visit to DHL’s facility. All delegates must bring their passport with them, as we will be going airside.

Contact IoD East Midlands

For more information, please contact

0121 281 5530

East Midlands

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab

IoD East Midlands
Nottingham Trent University,
Burton Street,

Sponsors and Partners 

Take a look at the organisations that sponsor the IoD East Midlands, and find information about our sponsorship packages. 

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