The Leicester Business Festival (LBF) will return between October 23 and November 3, 2017, and will continue for a further two years, structured under a new community interest company and with support of the festival’s headline partner’ Leicester Castle Business School.

Leicester and Leicestershire is the East Midland’s largest economy and in 2014, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership reported Gross Value Added of 3.9 per cent, growing the economy to £19 billion by 2015.

LBF offers combination of events that drive the strength, diversity, innovation and forward thinking culture of Leicester and Leicestershire’s business community forwards – it has become the platform to place the region at the centre of the UK’s business agenda.

Offering an extensive and wide-ranging programme of more than 120 events each year over a two-week period, LBF is currently the region’s largest business event. In 2016, 24 per cent of the 12,500 visitors were from outside Leicester and Leicestershire demonstrating the extent to which the festival is reaching far beyond the boundaries of the region and securing interest and investment from elsewhere in the UK and abroad.