New Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival to take centre stage

June 15, 2017


Coventry & Warwickshire is set to have a new ‘festival of business’ added to its annual business calendar from November this year.


Taking place for the first time from 20th November to 1st December, the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival will stage an exciting two weeks of inspiring business events across the entire region.


The Festival has been developed by the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub with the intention of stimulating business growth in the area. The fortnight of events will create opportunities and time for topical discussion, enabling the region to come together once a year to interact, engage, promote, support, learn and discuss business under one branded banner – The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival.


Announced this morning (Thursday 25th May) at a prestigious launch event at Warwick Castle, business and political leaders from across the region heard how the two-week Festival will put Coventry & Warwickshire’s business on a national stage on an unprecedented level.

Being run by business for business, the Festival aims to show Coventry & Warwickshire’s place as the centre for knowledge, commerce, culture and innovation and a fantastic area for new companies to invest.


Jonathan Browning, chair of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “The Business Festival aims to raise the profile of Coventry & Warwickshire to a local, regional and national audience in a way that’s never been done in this region before.


“It will provide a spectacular platform to show how our businesses can unite to be a driving force in commerce, innovation and culture. We want to use the Business Festival to demonstrate how Coventry & Warwickshire is the ‘Knowledge Capital of the UK’ and show the rest of the UK Coventry & Warwickshire’s strengths, opportunities and potential as a beacon for investment.”


Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very keen to be part of this exciting development in the annual business calendar and we want to involve as many businesses in our network as possible  - from SMEs right through to the many global brands that are based here.”


Craig Humphrey, managing director of the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub, said: “The Growth Hub is delighted to be at the forefront of this brand new initiative that will stimulate local business and economic growth. 


“With an expected market reach of around two million in year one alone, we expect 50-75 seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences to all take place within the two-week window. Importantly, we anticipate an attendance of around 5,000 - 7,500 visitors, with around 15-18% of these being from outside of Coventry & Warwickshire.


“Collectively, this presents a fantastic opportunity to ‘play’ to a world stage of investors and showcase the region’s changing and continually developing strengths – large and small - under one united banner.”


Any business or organisation of any size can apply to run an event.

Events can take any shape from a small networking meeting, workshop or seminar to a large trade show or a national conference.


Events will be structured into sectors to drive the region’s position as a global hub of knowledge-based industry. With strengths in many different sectors such as advanced manufacturing, engineering and technology and gaming, many local and nationally recognisable brands and speakers from global blue-chip companies to SMEs will be involved.


The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival will have something for everyone and will truly be a reflection of the region, its enviable position and its success.


For more information, or to get involved - including applying to run an event, visit (from 14th June) or contact



Notes to editor


For more information, contact: e: | t: 0247 601 1447 | w: | twitter:@CWBFestival | #CWBF2017 



About the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival


The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is managed by Associate Events Limited and run in association with the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub and the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. The Festival is overseen by a Board of local, independent business volunteers.

About the Business Festival events

  • Applications to run events can be made online between 14th June and 30th September 2017.

  • Events can be about anything as long as they benefit the individuals or businesses in C&W in some way.

  • All event applications are reviewed to make sure they meet the criteria of the festival set by the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival Board. Events that are purely self-promotional are strongly discouraged and are likely to be turned down.

  • As events are accepted, they will be published in the calendar on the website. The final programme will be available shortly after event applications close on 22nd September 2017.

  • As soon as an event is on-line, it will be available for people to book onto on a first come first served basis. Most events are free and they can only be booked through the Business Festival website.

For more information, visit the


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