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Leicestershire’s creative streak brings sparkle to FSB-sponsored Business Festival

Leicester is famed for its creative sector and is reported to have the largest number of creative businesses outside London with an impressive workforce of around 11,690 people locally across 4,400 companies.

A large number of FSB members in Leicestershire are in the creative sector, taking advantage of the business support and creative venues, networks, festivals and events which the county has to offer.  

The industry is diverse and comprises a wide range of specialisms including film and TV, social media, festivals, advertising, music, crafts, to computer games and animation – all in abundance across this great region.  

Similarly, Creative Industries similarly plays a vital part in the Leicester Business Festival and as expected, there are a broad range of events spanning photography in business, licensing in the music industry software and web development as well as the annual stand-up comedy challenge.

Geoff Rowe, the Business Festival sector lead for Creative Industries is the founding director of Leicester Comedy Festival, which has been running since 1994 and features 850 comedy events over 19 days as one of the most well-respected comedy festivals in the UK.

He said: “Creative industries is a thriving sector in Leicester and Leicestershire and one of the largest creative clusters outside of London. The sector includes design agencies, web companies as well as cultural organisations and arts festivals, including the annual Leicester Comedy Festival, which makes a significant impact to the local economy by attracting visitors to the city and county from across the UK.

“The Leicester Business Festival provides a fantastic platform to not only showcase the fabulous range of sub- industries in the sector, but also to illustrate how Creative Industries as a whole makes an important contribution to the local economy.”

During the festival, FSB will be running another Woman Who…. partnership event at the Belmont Hotel on November 5th, and a Think Self Employed roundtable discussion between member and MP Nicky Morgan in Loughborough on November 2nd. Nearly every event in the Business Festival is completely free to attend, but tickets must be booked in advance through the website or via the new LBF App – free to download from Google Play or the Apple Store.  

Along with the Federation of Small Businesses the 2018 Festival has the support of well-known business organisations including headline partners, Leicester Castle Business School, LLEP Business Gateway; East Midlands Airport; East Midlands Chamber, Brewin Dolphin; University of Leicester School of Business; and Highcross. 

Other supporters include Everards Brewery; De Montfort University; Pattersons Commercial Law; Growth Partners PLC and the Institute of Directors, as well as official app partner Infonote, AV media partner, The Presentation Group and media partners, Cross Productions and Capital Radio.

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