Thursday, 22 February 2018
Great turnout for Love Business
A change of venue didn’t dampen enthusiasm for the region’s biggest annual business expo today.
Delegates flocked to Love Business, at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, at which the Chamber was the headline sponsor and over 80 firms exhibited.
For the past six years Love Business has been staged at Donington Park, but a change of use for the venue forced the move.
Steve Megson, Managing Director at Quiet Storm, the B2B marketing solutions business behind the event, said: “Following the closure of our previous venue, we wanted somewhere central to the region, fresh and exciting and as well as being the biggest venue in the region, Holywell Park combined all those attributes.
“I’m delighted at the number of businesses exhibiting at Love Business, the number of delegates and the support of all our sponsors, including the Chamber.”
The Chamber ran five events at today’s Love Business, each a presentation by keynote speakers.
They included discussions on demystifying apprenticeships, access to finance in a post-Brexit economy, an economic update by Mark Berrisford-Smith – Head of Economics at HSBC Commercial Banking, using Instagram and Pinterest as marketing tools and getting ready now for the introduction of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May.
All well attended, the Chamber’s events took place in the Presentation Theatre, which was also sponsored by the Chamber in conjunction with the National Apprenticeship Service, Collaborate for Growth, the Leicestershire Digital Growth Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.
Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “Since its launch in 2011, Love Business has become an important event in the regional calendar, offering delegates an opportunity to network widely, the value of which can’t be overestimated, and exhibitors a chance to market themselves to a wide audience.
“The Chamber has sponsored Love Business for many years because we recognise its importance to the regional and wider business community. And in the past we have used the event to stage our Manufacturing & Engineering and Sustainability conferences.
“This year, we used our involvement to stage presentations to advise businesses about things that are likely to impact them in the very near future or which have already had an impact that they might not be making the most of.”
The Chamber also used the event to launch this year’s East Midlands Chamber Business Awards. Entry to the awards is free but entrants must be Chamber members.
For further information about the awards, which will be presented at gala dinners in each of the three counties represented by the Chamber in the autumn, visit www.emc-dnl.co.uk or email email@example.com.
For details of this year’s Sustainability Conference on 7 March and Manufacturing & Engineering Conference on 28 March, visit the Chamber’s events listings at http://bit.ly/2GY8QsU.
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Notes to Editors:
About the Leicester and Leicestershire Digital Growth Programme
The Leicester and Leicestershire Digital Growth Programme is project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), which provides dedicated support to enterprises located in Leicester and Leicestershire. It aims to support growing businesses to explore and introduce new and emerging ICT products and services into their business to improve competitiveness and productivity driving economic growth. SMEs registered to the programme can access a range of resources including attending free awareness-raising seminars, action-planning workshops, digital conference and access to free digital business advice and grant funding opportunities.
European Regional Development Fund
The Digital Growth Programme project has received £2.6m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
About the Collaborate for Growth
Leicester City Council lead organisation and is the accountable body for the Collaborate project and, on behalf of a consortium of public and private sector partners, led a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Collaborate is a three-year, £7.3m business growth project offering comprehensive business support, capital grants and an inward investment service for small to medium-sized enterprises in the Leicester and Leicestershire area. More information at www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/collaborate Collaborate is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and partner organisations from Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and the Food and Drink Forum.
The Collaborate project is receiving £3.1m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund.
Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https:// www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
More details on Collaborate can be seen at http://www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/collaborate.