Hundreds of free business events make up 2018 CW Business Festival

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More than one hundred diverse, stimulating and free business events make up this year’s Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival, starting on 19 November.

Over the past few months, private companies, universities, business support organisations and local authorities have been busily planning and preparing their events in readiness for this exciting, fortnight of business.

Now a firm feature in the annual calendar, the Business Festival – headline sponsored by Inspire Insurance, comprises free business events in all sorts of subjects and industries ranging from Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing; Business and Communications; Construction and Property; Creative and Digital; Education to Games Development and Serious Gaming; Health and Wellbeing; Professional and Financial Services; Tourism and Culture.

Business support events make up a large share of the programme. This will be useful to all businesses, start-ups, micro businesses and SMEs, looking for the necessary help and information they need to help them grow.

These events incorporate everything from help with HR, skills and recruitment and accessing funding to networking events, trading with foreign markets and managing finances and tax.

The Festival’s founding partner, the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub is a great example of a business support agency that is playing a primary role in the Festival, running several events. These include: Funding for High Growth Business on 20 November; The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Why Should You Care? in conjunction with Warwick events on 27 November, and alongside the Consulate General of India and the Warwick Manufacturing Group, a featured event looking at how to start trading with India on 23 November.

Anyone can go to Business Festival events.  Attending can have many benefits such as helping to raise business and individual profiles as well as creating plenty of networking opportunities, often leading to meeting new contacts and finding new business leads.

Employment agency, thefutureworks, has been involved in the Business Festival since it began in 2017. Manager, Cheryl Dempsey said, “From our perspective as an employment agency based within Coventry University Group, we first became involved in the Festival because we wanted people to understand that thefutureworks offers a broader service with recruitment support to companies right across Coventry & Warwickshire, as well as temporary assignments and permanent recruitment for Coventry University and the student and graduate placement arm of our business.

“In the 2017 Business Festival, thefutureworks certainly benefited from a number of new clients and built some useful business relationships, leading to us being involved again this year by sponsoring and running an event entitled Busting the Myths of Apprenticeships in 2018 on 21 November. 

“I would certainly encourage companies to see how they can get the most out of this unique event for our region.”

Tickets to Business Festival events must be reserved in advance through the website or via the new the ‘CWBF App’ – free to download from Google Play or the Apple store.

For more information, visit, contact or 0247 601 1447.

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