With only seven days to go until the annual Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival, local companies across the region are adding the finishing touches to their eagerly anticipated events!
The 2019 Business Festival kicks off on 11 November - National Remembrance Day - at the Herbert Art Gallery in Jordan Well, Coventry. This breakfast launch will showcase Coventry and Warwickshire’s dedication to creating and growing a strong business community.
Headline partnered by Inspire Insurance, the Business Festival comprises 70 events, put on by different organisations in many sectors, around Coventry and Warwickshire. The two-week festival focuses on quality over quantity. Events aim to attract a diverse audience from professionals and start-up businesses to students and large companies.
A wide range of topics are covered from professional services and business support, health and well-being within the workplace to cybersecurity, HR and recruitment, the power of social media and many more. Most events are completely free to attend!
Craig Humphrey, managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub, said: “The Business Festival provides businesses with access to an unlimited amount of business support. I would encourage businesses to use the Festival as an opportunity to assess their operation, how it functions and what it needs to do to grow and stay competitive. The wide range of events throughout the two-week programme provides support and new skills to those who need it.
“The Business Festival is now in its third year and is only getting larger. We believe in working together to build a stronger economy and the Festival provides a platform for businesses to come together, form new relationships, build on partnerships and find potential clients.
“With only seven days left until the opening, I urge those who haven’t booked tickets to do so, quickly! Don’t miss out on this great event and make sure to utilise the time wisely, with so many informative events on the programme, there are lots to choose from. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
Made by business for business, the Festival draws attention to and builds upon Coventry & Warwickshire’s reputation as the Knowledge Capital of the UK.
Industry sectors including Automotive and Manufacturing, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Business Support, Communications and Marketing, Construction and Property, Creative and Digital, Culture and Tourism and Professional and Financial Services are led by industry professionals with specific expertise, connections and local knowledge.
Helen Peters, chief executive at Shakespeare’s England, is the sector lead for Culture and Tourism. She said: “Never has there been a more important time to remind everyone of the importance of Tourism to our economy and to make sure anyone considering the UK as a Business or Leisure destination knows that our doors are open.
“The Visitor Economy in Coventry & Warwickshire has a turnover of £1.03bn, employs 40,000 people, growing twice as fast as the national average and hosts 15million trips a year. We have just been granted a Tourism Sector Deal under the governments Industrial Strategy and need to ensure as an area we do everything we can to capitalise on this opportunity and get the focus deserved of the 4th largest contributor to the UK’s GDP.
“Make sure to get involved in this year’s Business Festival and join me at the Warwickshire Cultural Briefing, on 12 November.”
Tickets can be bought online and through the recently released CWBF2019 App. Developed by our App Partner Infonote, the App is free to download for both iPhone and Android users, from Google Play or the Apple Store.
Business Festival partners include; CWLEP, CWLEP Growth Hub, CW Connect, Coventry University and the Coventry University Enterprises Limited, it is also sponsored by FSB. It is also is supported by sponsors by the Deeley Group, Growth Partners PLC, Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the district/borough councils of Nuneaton & Bedworth, Warwick, Rugby, North Warwickshire and Stratford on Avon.