Interest builds in inaugural Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

The first Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival has attracted over 65 expressions of interest to host events, according to organisers.

Developed by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub, the festival will herald a fortnight of business events across the Coventry & Warwickshire area, between 20 November and 1 December 2017.

The aim of the Festival is to stimulate local business growth and shout about the strength of Coventry and Warwickshire businesses and the breadth of industries based in the region.

Since the festival website went live on 19 June 32 formal event applications have been submitted for the approval process.

The event proposals include a large Food and Drink event that will connect buyers from across the country with local suppliers; a Leisure and Tourism networking event at Twycross Zoo; a seminar about managing health and wellbeing in the workplace; as well as a topical, women in business event.

Some events aimed at the SME (Small to Medium-sized Enterprises) audience, include seminars about how to manage taxes better, property and the VAT trap; the benefits of holding your finances in the cloud, as well as a number of pension auto-enrolment webinars.

There will also be economic-based events including a seminar on how Coventry & Warwickshire can make Brexit work for the region and a live review of the Autumn statement, which will feature debates between senior business leaders and academics from across the region.

In addition, a careers speed networking will give 450 Year 10 and 12 students from across the region the opportunity to come face to face with up to 75 local employers.

Craig Humphrey, managing director of the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub, said: “The Business Festival programme is starting fill out nicely. This shows there is a real appetite from organisations across in area to get involved in this new initiative that will raise the profile of Coventry & Warwickshire on a local, regional and national scale, in a way that’s never been done in this region before.

“There’s already a really good mix of interesting events in the pipeline that will appeal to a range of different audiences. I urge businesses to look at the website and see how they can get involved.”

Any business or organisation of any size can apply to run an event, which can take any shape from a small networking meeting, workshop or seminar to a large trade show or a national conference.

Organisers hope the Business Festival will embrace 50-75 seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences and up to 7,500 attendees over the fortnight.

For more information, visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com or contact hello@cwbusinessfestival.com

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