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Beer, Carols and Pies

When: Tuesday 17 December 2019, 6pm-8pm
Where: The Exchange Bar (opposite The Curve), Leicester

Have a drink, sing some carols (with brass ensemble supported by the Church of the Martyrs), and eat a pie or two.

We’ll also be raising some funds for Give Leicester to support local rough sleepers.

Entry is free (beer and pies are not!) but you will need to book your place on Eventbrite.

Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Leicester Business Festival

When: 31 October 2019
Where: Curve Theatre, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

Leicester Business Voice (LBV) and the University of Leicester are pleased to host another joint event during the Leicester Business Festival. This year we are putting a spotlight on Science and Innovation based entrepreneurship.

Successful Leicestershire-based entrepreneurs will provide insights into how they have/are utilising science and innovation to inform their business plan, secure grant funding, gain higher profiles and competitive advantage to grow their business.

Delegates will hear from at least two successful Leicestershire businesses about the value they place on science and innovation, and why. Plus, they will gain an overview on some of the innovation support available for businesses.

The presentations are aimed at entrepreneurs, business owners (pre start-up, early sage and established) and professionals (accountants, solicitors, bank managers…)

Guests will benefit from targeted networking with LBV members and learn how to access science and innovation support.

07.45 Registration, breakfast and networking
08.00 Welcome and introductions – Roger Merchant, LBC and David Ross, Curve Theatre
08.15 On-farm crypto asset creation to secure micro-finance loans to small scale farmers – Edmund Bell-King, Zip Energy
08.30 Innovative Technology Enabled Care – Rajen Thanki, Parent Monitor and Dr Martine Hamman, First Age Together/University of Leicester
09.00 Science and innovation support in Leicestershire – Anjuu Trevedi, University of Leicester
09.10 Panel Q&A and networking
09.30 Close

September meetup – State of the Economy: an Overview from the Bank of England

When: 17th September, 2019, 12pm-2pm
Where: University of Leicester's Innovation Hub

Rosie will give an overview of the UK economy from the Bank of England’s perspective, especially pertinent in these uncertain times, providing LBV members and guests a chance to ask questions, seek her views on the economy and gain new insights on how we might prepare and plan for the coming year.

The State of the Economy: an Overview from the Bank of England provides a great opportunity for LBV members and guests to benefit from the latest information and insights on business optimism, uncertainty, investment levels.

The same intelligence the Bank of England uses to understand and monitor the state of the UK economy and to set interest rates.
By attending this event, which is free for LBV members, guests will gain targeted networking with other members including professionals, universities and entrepreneurial successful businesses. They will pick up new information and useful insights from Rosie Smith.

Draft agenda:
12:00 Registration, Networking and Lunch
12:30 Welcome
12:35 Rosie Smith, Bank of England Agent
13:00 Q&A
13:15 Closing Remarks
13:20 Networking
14:00 Close

The event is free to LBV members and £15* to non-members. Book your place on Eventbrite.
*Plus £1.67 booking fee

The value of sport for the local economy

Held at the Morningside Arena, home of the Leicester Riders, LBV members and guests heard from an expert panel – including Kevin Routledge from Leicester Riders Basketball Club, Paul Nixon from Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Scott Clarke from Leicester Tigers and Ali Clements from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport – how the success of Leicestershire sports teams can contribute to the success of the local economy.

Some of the key parts of the discussion included hosting international events to put Leicester on the map in new markets such as China, serving the community and education outreach, hosting events and corporate hospitality, how sporting events contribute to the visitor economy, sponsorship and membership, and establishing credibility to form long-term commercial partnerships.

Leicestershire and Rutland Sport emphasised the commitment of all sporting clubs and venues to working with business groups in the city and county, and LBV will seek to identify further opportunities for members and for the wider business community.

July Lunchtime Meetup – the Business of Sport

When: 12 - 2pm
Where: Morningside Arena, Charter Street, Leicester LE1 3UD

Businesses will have the opportunity to learn how the success of local sports teams can contribute to the success of the local economy. Guests will be able to put questions to an expert panel that will include key management from Leicester Tigers, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, and Leicester Riders Basketball Club.

Tickets are free to LBV members and cost £15 to non-members*. The event is ticket-only and tickets can be reserved in advance at Eventbrite.
*plus an Eventbrite booking fee of £1.76

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