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Business Festival events selling out with a week to go

With just one week to go to the Leicester Business Festival 2017, almost 20% of events have already sold out.

Partnered by Leicester Castle Business School, the Business Festival, starts on Monday (23 October) and runs for two weeks.

There are 154 events in the programme – the most in the Festival’s three-year history.

Events are all run by businesses for the benefit of other businesses.

Tickets to the events - which will be taking place all across Leicester and Leicestershire, have been available for a few weeks now.

But with only one week to go, events are now starting to sell out and many have only a few tickets remaining.

There are a number of featured events in the programme which include:

  • Retail evolution - examining 'differentiation destinations' where shopping is only an element of the visitor experience - led by Hammersons, the company behind Business Festival sponsors, Highcross Leicester

  • Ecommerce conference, that pairs online marketing experts with individuals and ecommerce businesses wanting to learn how their business can thrive in the digital world

  • Getting agriculture fit for Brexit - an opportunity for Leicestershire Farmers to hear from industry experts on the potential impact of Brexit, getting financially fit and reducing reliance on subsidies as well as accessing funding and grant opportunities

  • Preparing Leicester Businesses for the Smart Energy Revolution - looking at the new developments in smart energy and how businesses can make the most of new opportunities

  • A smart travel workshop on how organisations and employees can save money on commuting and business travel through adopting sustainable transport initiatives.
  • The Business Festival has something for everyone, from micro-businesses through to large corporates.

    Most events are free to attend.

    Scott Knowles, Chair of the Leicester Business Festival Steering Group, said: “In our first year as a community interest company, I am delighted to see that there is so much support from the business community for the Festival – whether this has been through partnering and sponsoring, event organising, promoting or being a venue host.

    “This year is set to be the biggest and best Leicester Business Festival in its three-year history, with more events than ever before and 12,500 attendees anticipated – including people flying in from Russia, China, USA, France, Greece and even Ecuador. It certainly is the region’s largest business event.

    “Tickets are all available on the website and I would urge anyone interested in attending to book as soon as possible so that they don't miss out.”

    To see all events in the programme, and book tickets visit www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com.

    Along with headline partners, Leicester Castle Business School, the 2017 Festival has the support of well-known business organisations including the Chamber, LLEP Business Gateway, the FSB, Highcross Leicester, Brewin Dolphin, Leicester Racecourse and IBM.

    Other supporters include East Midlands Trains, IOD, De Montfort University, University of Leicester and media partners, Capital FM, Global Radio FU Media and the Leicester Mercury.