2019 Black Country Business Festival dates announced

By John Corser | Business | Published:

Dates for the second Black Country Business Festival have been announced following the success of the recent inaugural programme of events.

There were 122 events at the first business festival

The 2019 fortnight-long festival has been set for May 13 to 24.

The festival, established by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce,ran for the first time from April 23 to May 4 and featured more than 100 business events of all sizes and was attended by more than 4,200 people - a remarkable 13 per cent of whom came from outside the Black Country.

Statistics released this week show that the festival had a considerably impressive market reach of 53.7 million and circulation of 178.2 million. Already, in its inaugural year, it has become the region’s largest business event.

Over the two weeks, the Black Country saw conferences, seminars, plant tours, comedy nights, race days, expos, workshops, demonstrations, showcases, networking sessions and debates.

Corin Crane, the chamber's chief executive, said, “The festival was designed to bring the region together to enable the local business community to engage, share best practice and collaborate with each other on a completely new level and it has done all that - and with interest. A remarkable 85 per cent of people said the business festival positively affected their business and 91 per cent rated the events they went to as good to excellent.

“As well as helping our businesses, it’s a great way of pointing a spotlight on the Black Country, showcasing the outstanding innovation, culture and commerce of the area and raising the profile of the superb assets to ultimately attract investment in the area.”

“The business festival reinforces our aspiration to be known as a more dynamic, contemporary organisation and a valuable resource for local businesses and we will continue keep the momentum going and drive it forward into next year. The festival needs continued local support to enable it to develop, grow and really put Black Country business on the map. We are looking for companies to commit now and this will also allow them to maximise the benefits of their involvement over the entire year.”

There are many ways to get involved in the Festival to demonstrate a commitment to working together and help to bring the business community together for the greater for the good of the local economy.


Initially, companies are being sought to sponsor or partner, which would bring numerous benefits such as untold increased exposure regionally and nationally, ample opportunities to grow business networks and leads, as well as and making new connections with like-minded industry experts.

Offers to become official venue partners are also being taken, which is a great way to raise the profile of the hosting venue.

In September, the event application process will re-open and businesses will be able to apply to run an event as part of the 2019 programme.

Any individual or organisation that is interested in getting involved can get in touch with Associate Events on or telephone 01902 912304.

For information on the Black Country Business Festival visit

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter - @JohnCorser_Star

Express & Star business reporter at head office, Wolverhampton. Welcomes all news of companies and business organisations.


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