Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Leicester's Business Festival
Posted by David Smith at 02:30 PM
Category: Thoughts and responses


A few days ago I spoke at the Leicester Business Summit, held on the first day of the two-week Leicester Business Festival. While festivals for art, music, film and literature are commonplace, business festivals are still quite unusual, but are an excellent idea.

The business summit included, as well as me, Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to climb Everest, and Gareth Davis, chairman of William Hill and Wolseley. It was lively.

Even more impressive were the 80 or so events in the festival, put together at short notice by Champions, the events company. They included topics as diverse as big data, apprenticeships, succession planning, advanced materials, the creative industries, pensions and auto-enrolment, infrastructure supply-chain opportunities, women in business, defending yourself against the commercial "dark arts", and accelerating growth for small businesses. The festival also hosted the Bank of England. The festival website is here.

The festival has already been recommissioned for next year. Like me, you may even get a chance to visit Richard III's tomb in Leicester Cathedral.

I was hired to be a motivational speaker by Champions, the after dinner speaker agency.