The region’s largest business showcase launched this morning (11 November) at the prestigious Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.
Over 120 businesses professionals and public sector leaders gathered to launch the third annual Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival, which featured a guest speakers; Jonathan Browning, Chair of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Michele Metcalfe, Regional Head of Wales & West Midlands from industry giant Vodafone, Managing Director Adam Dent, from local business Advent Communications, Chief Executive Paul Breed from Culture Coventry and CV Life, Director Phil Littlewood from Indigo Fitness and Managing Director Leigh Mackey from Inspire Insurance.
The Business Festival is compiled of over 70 events, run by the Coventry and Warwickshire Business community. The Festival is used as a business platform, to showcase and exhibit investment opportunities and the strengths across all industry sectors. All events will vary in subject, but a common goal is to provide business support to anyone who attends. Most events are completely free to book on to and hundreds of people have already registered.
Jonathan Browning, chair of the CWLEP, said “Coventry and Warwickshire’s economy is going from strength to strength as highlighted by the fact that the CWLEP is the fastest growing Local Enterprise Partnership region in England in terms of both economic growth and productivity.
“The CWLEP will continue to be vitally important in bringing funding to the region, we have secured over £300 million of investment into the area over the last seven years and have spearheaded numerous key strategic economic development projects.
“The innovative companies that we have attracted, and continue to attract, are central to our economic success and the Business Festival is a great showcase for the vibrancy of Coventry and Warwickshire.”
The Festival’s headline sponsor is Inspire Insurance. The award-winning insurance broker has supported the Festival for the past two years.
Leigh Mackey, managing director of Inspire Insurance said, “Inspire Insurance, much like the Business Festival deals and works with businesses of all shapes and sizes. It is important to Inspire that local businesses are able to access local services, support and products. Here at Inspire we understand the risks those in the local community take when building and protecting a business, we are aiming to address these challenges and offer alternative solutions.
“We look at our client’s businesses as if they were our own and we pride ourselves on creating tailored packages for clients, that reflect individual business needs and requirements. We also offer niche products to specific industries such as engineering and manufacturing.
“Insurance is an essential element of all businesses. We are thrilled to be a part of the region’s largest business Festival and will continue to support businesses across the region.”
Craig Humphrey, managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub, said, “I am delighted to have launched the 2019 Festival this morning. We had a great turn out and I am feeling energised to see the rest of the programme. The Festival champions collaboration, innovation and business support. With over 70 events this year, the Festival has chosen to pioneer quality over quantity. Each event touches on a different sector and subjects.
“The Business Festival has seen large growth, interest and investment over the past three years and the 2019 programme is no different. The Festival is a perfect platform for Coventry and Warwickshire to showcase businesses, potential opportunities and to meet new people, across the region.
“In this uncertain economic climate, relationships and connections are extremely important. The Growth Hub will remain a source of support and stability during this transition period, and we actively encourage businesses to get involved in the Festival, to find new ways to enhance your businesses against future issues.
“There are many benefits to being involved, from growing business networks and connecting with like-minded industry experts to increasing exposure significantly both in the region and beyond. I look forward to seeing everyone throughout the Festival!”
Events are already selling out and once tickets are gone, no more will be released. Don’t miss out on this inspiring event and book yours now. You are also able to book tickets through the CWBF2019 App, developed by App Partners; Infonote. It is free to download for both iPhone and Android users, from Google Play or the Apple Store.
Alongside Inspire Insurance, the Business Festival is supported by partners, Coventry University, Coventry University Enterprises and sponsors, the FSB. It is also supported by sponsors by the Deeley Group, Growth Partners, 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.