The second Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF) was declared open for business this morning (19 November) at an impressive event attended by over 150 people at The Warwick School.
Jonathan Browning, Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP); Neil Mackey from 2018 headline sponsor, Inspire Insurance; Bob Stear from Severn Trent Water; and Sue Tonks, founder of HydroVeg Kits, formed the official line up of speakers addressing delegates at this first official event in an exciting Business Festival programme comprising more than 100 free events over the next two weeks.
Business Festival events are all staged by local organisations from across Coventry and Warwickshire and are open to anyone to attend
Subject matters are diverse, with a particular focus on industries that are either seen as prominent in the area or have been identified as main areas for growth.
Everything from workshops, speed networking, recruitment fairs and showcases to roadshows, seminars and drop-in sessions is included. This gives the Festival a broad appeal locally as well as attracting businesses from outside the region.
With an anticipated 5,000 attendees and so many events, the sheer size and diversity of the Business Festival makes this fortnight and the region’s largest business event and an unrivalled showcase of Coventry & Warwickshire’s excellent commerce, knowledge, culture and investment prospects.
The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival was initiated by the CWLEP and CWLEP Growth Hub and it is headline partnered in 2018 by multi award-winning independent insurance broker, Inspire Insurance.
Jonathan Browning, chair of the CWLEP, said: “The Festival really is led by business for business, and is designed to encourage the sharing of knowledge and the growth of collaboration for collective economic benefit.
“It helps us emphasis our standing as Knowledge Capital of the UK, and showcases some of the fantastic assets we have here in Coventry and Warwickshire.
“I would like to wish the festival the greatest of success, and urge you all to take a full part in the myriad of events which are taking place across the next fortnight.”
Commercial account executive, Neil Mackey, from Inspire Insurance, added: “In an increasingly viral age – it is perhaps refreshing that people still do business with people and at Inspire we thoroughly understand that, while all business transactions are driven by finance, relationships still play a very strong part in everything we do.
“We are proud that our 21 staff are from the Coventry and Warwickshire area. We work right across the country but nothing pleases us more than working with successful local firms.
“And that is really why we are sponsoring the 2018 Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival. The whole ethos of the festival is about connecting people and businesses across sectors, across geography, across areas of interest."
The Festival contains something for all businesses whatever the size and sector with events that will create learning, sharing, growth, networking opportunities.
Nearly all events are completely free to attend but tickets must be reserved in advance 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.