Business owners have hailed the success of a fledgling festival.
The inaugural Leicester Business Festival featured a fortnight of more than 80 events, 24 of which were sold out, and attracted more than 5,000 attendees.
The event came to an end on Friday 6th November marked with a cocktail and champagne reception at Lumbers Jewellers newly opened store in Leicester’s busy High Street, rounding off a fortnight of business-led events, seminars, workshops and networking, which have said to have beaten all expectations.
A spokeswoman for the event said: “With the Midlands seeing 40% more growth than anywhere else in the country at present, and with Leicester currently in prime position, hosting the largest economy in the East Midlands, the business sectors in the region are worth a staggering 19.4bn. With 33,000 businesses, 435,000 employees, easy commutable links across to the rest of the UK and a population of over 1 million spread across the city, it is the perfect area for business to thrive.”
Corin Crane, chief executive of Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), the organisation behind the festival, said: “The whole two weeks have been excellent, with positive feedback from almost everyone involved and events that perfectly reflected the dynamic businesses that we all work with. Leicestershire’s economy is growing faster than almost anywhere else in the country and within the city we have business start-up rates to rival London, LBF aimed to make sure the reasons for that success were shared with everyone.”