New year call for business festival events

By John Corser | Business Picks | Published:

With the start of the new year, businesses are being ncouraged to get involved in the 2019 Black Country Business Festival.

The festival will run from May13 to 24

The two-week festival of business runs from May 13 to 24.

The first festival last year saw more than 5,000 people attend more than 100 events of all sizes, subjects and descriptions that ranged from conferences, seminars, premises tours and expos to workshops, product demonstrations and debates.

Businesses now have the opportunity to get involved in the 2019 Festival. This could be by running an event, becoming a venue partner, a sponsor or by simply going along to one, two or several of the free events on offer over the fortnight.

It is completely free to run an event and applications are being taken via the website, until 4 March.

The BCBF was established and seed-funded by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, whose chief executive Corin Crane said, “There are no limits to getting involved in the Black Country Business Festival. It’s an opportunity that could bring endless benefits. Whether you are looking to grow your supply chain, find new clients, market a new product or service, develop your employees or learn new skills, there will be something you can get out of being involved in the Business Festival. I would urge people to visit today to find out more.”

Last year, national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, were involved running and attending several events. In 2019, Crowe has become a Business Festival sponsor.

Advanced manufacturing sector lead for the festival and Crowe’s Midlands managing partner, Johnathan Dudley, said: “We’re delighted to support the Black Country Business Festival for a second year. Being based in the Black Country we work with a lot of local businesses and see first hand the great work they do. As a region we have a lot to shout about, the Festival brings everyone together allowing us to collaborate, share ideas and showcase what we have to offer to the rest of the UK and the world.”

Crowe is joined by a number of other key partners and sponsors. Solicitors, Talbots Law, DY5 - Dudley’s Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone and Birmingham Airport have signed up as festival partners, whilst Casino 36 has confirmed its commitment for the next two years as a sponsor. Official Business Festival supporters include Wolverhampton Racecourse, Crowe, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Sandwell Council.

To find out more about sponsorship or for more information, visit, email or call 01902 912304.

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter - @JohnCorser_Star

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


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