The inaugural Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival has finished its first week on a high, with the 114-stong programme of events now halfway through.
The Festival, which got underway on Monday 20 November, is an annual, two-week long programme of business events put on by local companies to encourage collaboration, networking, innovation, learning and sharing opportunities amongst other Coventry and Warwickshire businesses and individuals.
The wide range of events encompasses seminars, lectures, workshops, conferences, award ceremonies in many sectors ranging from automotive and advanced manufacturing, construction and creative, to digital, culture and tourism, games development and serious gaming – in every district in Coventry and Warwickshire.
At the close of the first week, the Festival has already seen over 50 events take place, including a live Autumn statement review run by the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce; Warwickshire Country Council’s extensive Food and Drink Expo held at the prestigious Warwickshire Golf Club and digital and broadband for business events such as CityFibre’s ‘Future Proofing Your Business in the Digital Age.’
Coventry University’s commercial recruitment agency, The FutureWorks has also hosted one of its seminars this week, entitled ‘Keeping One Step Ahead in Employment Law’. There has been an impressively-attended Champions’ networking event and the Federation of Small Business held its Small Business Conference at the home to the Business Festival’s headline partner, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).
Next week will see the start of the second week of the Festival with over 50 more events including digital workshops, tourism, logisitics, HR, health and wellbeing, manufacturing events and so much more.
The Business Festival has been developed by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub and the headline partner is the MTC.
Craig Humphrey, managing director of the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub, said, “We are delighted with the response to the Business Festival by the businesses and organisations from across the whole region. With 114 events in the programme in its first year it has already become the region’s largest business event.
“The Festival is truly showcasing the breadth and depth of diverse and innovative businesses in our region on a national stage, illustrating Coventry and Warwickshire’s potential as a beacon for investment.
“There is a whole new week of events starting on Monday (27 November). The Business Festival has something for everyone from micro-businesses through to large corporates and most events are completely free to attend. I urge everyone to visit the website (www.cwbusinessfestival.com) to see what is on offer to help develop businesses and employees across the region.”
The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is supported by a number of organisations which all understand the importance and relevance of the Festival and want to contribute to its success. Along with headline partner - the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), partners also include Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Coventry University, Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Warwick. Sponsors include CityFibre, Coventry University Enterprises, the Federation of Small Businesses and The Futureworks.
The Festival is also supported by Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry City Council, Deeley Construction, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Tisski, Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council.
Any tickets remaining for events in week two are still available to book through the Business Festival website www.cwbusinessfestival.com.