This year’s Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is pushing topical and provocative subjects into the limelight within its 100-strong event programme.
One of the aims of the annual Business Festival is to encourage open conversations and drive the community together to show that the region is leading the way on important, progressive subjects that impact upon micro-business right up to multi-national companies.
Mental health and wellbeing, women in business, ethical leadership skills and Brexit are just some of the areas that will be in discussion during the two-week long Festival which starts on 19 November.
Public and private organisations from across Coventry and Warwickshire will be leading these free events, intending to stimulate positive action and tackle UK-wide stigmas in the workplace.
Coventry University in partnership with Santander is addressing ‘Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace’ on Tuesday 20 November, whilst water services company, Severn Trent is opening its doors to businesses at its event, ‘Our Mental Health Journey’ on Monday 26 November where the the company will explain how it approaches attitudes to mental health in the workplace.
There is also the interestingly different ‘Biodiversity and Wellbeing Outdoor Learning and Healing at Wolford Wood’ - a fascinating event taking place on Tuesday 27 November examining the potential for ancient woodland to promote well-being and productivity – a theory based on Japanese research into the health benefits of forest walking.
Dr Anne Coufopoulos, Associate Dean (Enterprise & Commercial) at Coventry University is the Business Festival Health and Wellbeing sector lead. She said, “UK companies are increasingly recognising the importance of health and well being to their employees and organisational health. We are learning from research that workplaces of the future will need to ensure they can adapt and evolve to the ever changing landscape of the diverse workforce. The Festival is therefore very timely in supporting health and well being in the workplace.”
Topical discussions also include ‘Beyond Brexit: Going For Global Growth’ on Wednesday 21 November - an event run by the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. Similarly, Harrison, Beal & Owen’s What can we Expect After Brexit? – an expert’s opinion on 27 November will see a panel of experts discussing how Brexit will impact businesses, with advice from experts.
Women in business and the equality agenda is an important issue and Kenilworth Chamber of Trade is looking at how to engage and attract women returning to the workforce. Tech Central is additionally celebrating the achievements of female pioneers, leaders and innovators and debating ‘Is gender equality at work still the right conversation to be having?’ Both events are on 28 November.
Also returning again after a successful 2017 Business Festival is the Woman Who network with an event ‘Woman Who...Achieves Network-Be Inspired’ on 26 November at Coombe Abbey.
Running from 19 to 30 November, the Business Festival isn’t just about topical conversations. Over the 100 events there will be something for all businesses whatever the size and sector with practial workshops, speed networking, recruitment fayres, showcases, roadshows, seminars and drop-in sessions that will arm businesses with all sorts for information, knowledge and support to help them grow.
Events are free to attend and tickets are avilable on the Business Festival website www.cwbusinessfestival.com or via the new the ‘CWBF App’ - free to download from Google Play or the Apple store.
The Business Festival 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, Deeleys, 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.