Business Festival enjoys successful first week

Monday 26th of November 2018 03:53 PM

The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF) ended its first week on a high with nearly 50 events successfully completed.

Following a grand launch of the Festival at the impressive Warwick School, which featured Jonathan Browning, chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Neil Mackey from headline sponsor, Inspire Insurance; Sue Tonks founder of HydroVeg Kits and Bob Stear from Severn Trent Water, the Festival has seen a fantastic range of events staged all over the region from Stratford, Warwick and Kenilworth to Rugby, Coventry and Nuneaton.

Subjects in all nine of the primary Business Festival sectors have been covered with events in HR, marketing, finance and automotive through to recruitment and skills, Brexit and mental health and wellbeing and much more. There was even a large trading with India event by the CWLEP Growth Hub, which involved the Warwick Manufacturing Group; the Consul General of India and included Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover; Jonathan Browning and British deputy trade and investment commissioner, Amo Kalar.

Craig Humphrey, managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub, said: “There has been a real diverse mix of events so far, with many more to look forward to next week.

“When we think about the success of an event, we tend to focus on numbers of attendees. There are many other factors that should be taken into account. We should all be thinking in terms of quality and rather than quantity. It is certainly not always about the amount of people that come through the door. Delivering a really informative event could have a life-changing effect on someone in the audience; forming new partnerships or striking up that one deal because of a conversation at an event, is what the Business Festival is all about.

“As well as placing the region in the spotlight by emphasising our reputation as the Knowledge Capital of the UK, and showcasing some of the fantastic assets we have in Coventry and Warwickshire, the Festival is there to help local businesses to share knowledge, grow and flourish.”

All remaining events are completely free to attend and there is something for all businesses whatever the size and sector.

Where still available, tickets for week two should be reserved in advance through the website or via the new the ‘CWBF App’ - free to download from Google Play or the Apple store.