Leicester Business Festival 2017


By Business for Business - 23rd October to 3rd November 2017

With over 150 Events, the region’s largest business event is back for it’s third year! This year, it is going to be bigger and better than ever before across two exciting weeks from 23 October until 3rd November 2017.

The events will cover 13 sectors and be held throughout the region. With a market reach of c.14 million, there’s no telling what benefits your business could see.


This sector has been at the heart of our economy since the 19th century, predominantly in knitwear and hosiery. Today, it remains a huge part of our economic make up and is actually the second largest employment area for textiles manufacture in the UK with over 9,500 people working in the industry.
There are 1,480 textile-related businesses in Leicestershire, the majority of which are SMEs. The sector contributes over half a billion pounds to the local economy every year.
Textiles in Leicestershire remains highly successful because our businesses have adapted and are driving forward new innovations and hi-tech manufacturing techniques. They offer total supply chain solutions, innovative design and speed to market.

Add this to our excellent central location, diverse manufacturing base and constant supply of graduates through local universities, De Montfort and Loughborough which offer sought after courses on design and fashion, and it is clear why our Textiles industry is not just surviving, but is thriving. 


Altaf Ahmed
Business investment Manager for Leicester City Council

Sue Tilley
Economic Strategy Manager for Business at the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership

Altaf Ahmed
"LBF17 will help promote new textile technologies, manufacturing capabilities and attract younger generations to the textiles industry."

Sue Tilley
"We are seeing a huge resurgence of the textile sector in Leicester: LBF17 comes at a perfect time and will provide an excellent platform for the businesses, buyers, suppliers, universities and colleges to come together to celebrate and to raise awareness of all that is great about our businesses and show the breadth of what the textile sector in Leicester has to offer."



Connect at the Co-working Café -Starting a Business in the Fashion Industry
Thursday 26th October

17:30 – 20:00
Leicester Castle Business School

Attendees will not only form new contacts and business relationships from the networking, but will go away with genuine takeaway tips to enable them to successfully form coherent business plans for a new start-up idea, albeit in the fashion industry or otherwise.



Creative Technology in Textiles
Thursday 2nd November
10:30 – 12:30
Leicester Castle Business School

This event introduces the audience to electroplating techniques in the textiles industry and how this might be used to open up new opportunities for local textiles and related businesses to strengthen their competitiveness.


The Value of Heritage in Textiles and Clothing

Thursday 2nd November
12:45 – 15:45
Leicester Castle Business School

This event will consider the role of heritage in the textile and fashion industry, whether in terms of brand value, in promoting a regional design identity founded on the authenticity of a highly skilled creative tradition


Plese click HERE for further information