With just under one week to go, the business community is gearing up for its second, annual Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF) – the region’s largest business event and economic showcase.
Starting on 19 November and lasting for two weeks, the 2018 Business Festival comprises more than 100 free business events put on by local organisations from all over Coventry and Warwickshire.
The programme contains something for all businesses whatever the size and sector with practical workshops, speed networking, recruitment fairs, showcases, roadshows, seminars and drop-in sessions staged for Coventry and Warwickshire businesses and individuals to help them learn, share, network and grow. It simultaneously places the region at the centre of UK business helping to stake its claim as a beacon for inward investment.
The Festival is split into key industries that are either seen as prominent in the area or have been identified as main areas for growth locally. As well as making events easier to browse and filter, this sectoral split shows the breadth and diversity of Coventry and Warwickshire’s thriving economy.
The sectors are: Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing; Business and Communications; Construction and Property; Creative and Digital; Education; Games Development and Serious Gaming; Health and Wellbeing; Professional and Financial Services; Tourism and Culture.
Jonathan Browning, Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The first Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival last year was a huge success with over 5,000 people attending and 86 per cent saying it had positively affected their business.
“There is once again great support from the business community with more than 100 events set to take place at this year’s Business Festival which reflects really well on our region.
“The Business Festival contributes to the growth of the local economy and it is another opportunity to showcase Coventry and Warwickshire as the 'Knowledge Capital of the UK' and to continue to attract inward investors to the area.”
Multi award-winning independent insurance broker Inspire Insurance is the 2018 CWBF headline partner. Chief executive, Leigh Mackey commented: “Inspire is delighted to be fronting the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival. We offer niche products to particular sectors such as manufacturing and engineering as well as having a successful local arm to our business. We therefore understand the importance of the business community being able to access local services and products and support one another.
“With so many great events in the Business Festival, there is bound to be plenty of opportunities to meet new contacts, grow business networks and diversify on a local, regional and national level and Inspire is delighted to be at the forefront of that.”
Inspire’s event, ‘Who thought Insurance Could Make You Money!’ is taking place on 29 November and aims to bust myths on two of the most undervalued and misunderstood policies in the market place: Trade Credit and Product Recall.
Nearly all events in the CWBF are free to attend and tickets are available through the website www.cwbusinessfestival.com or via the new the ‘CWBF App’ - free to download from Google Play or the Apple store.
The CWBF ran for the first time in 2017, initiated by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub. The 2018 headline partner is multi award-winning insurance broker, Inspire Insurance and partners are Coventry University and the University of Warwick. Sponsors are thefutureworks, CUE Business Solutions and the MTC.
Business Festival supporters include: RDM, The Deeley Group, Tisski, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City of Culture and the district councils of North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick and media partners include Business & Innovation magazine, Elonex and Cross Productions. Official App partner is Infonote Datasystems and the Festival is managed by Associate Events.