Announced by Leicester Business Festival – 2nd October 2018:  The honour of being the sector lead for Hi-Tech Manufacturing during Leicester Business Festival (LBF) 2018 goes to LATi Executive Office, Gillian Hunter.

LBFGillian Hunter - LATI is the first two-week business festival ever to be run in the UK and, in its fourth year it is by far, the largest of its kind. LBF aims to drive economic growth across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for the benefit of all who live, do business and work there.

Leicestershire has always been at heart of the UK’s manufacturing and industrial success. World leading businesses in automotive research, space technology, aerospace and healthcare are still present in the area, today.

Hi-tech manufacturing employs 23,100 people and is worth a staggering £15.3bn to the local economy. Numerous global manufacturing, technology and scientific enterprises such as Caterpillar, Taylor Hobson, Emerson, Fisher Scientific, Preci-Spark, Sofidel, GE Druck, SPS Technologies 3M, Almac and Trelleborg are based here.

The sector comprises a diverse range of specialities including technical consultancy, scientific research and development, product and process innovation, engineering and manufacturing. Cutting-edge products that are manufactured in Leicestershire are shipped and used all around the world. The Business Festival is a fantastic way of bringing this into the spotlight.

Sector lead for Hi-tech manufacturing, Gillian Hunter,  executive officer of LATi said, “There are so many awe-inspiring advanced technology, scientific and life sciences enterprises in Leicestershire that very few people know about.

Hi-tech Manufacturing“LBF is all about inspiring others and being inspired by the innovation taking place in our midst.  It is about creating a sense of community: making new business connections, sharing best practice, and building relationships that will pave the way for future collaboration.

“It is these business connections and relationships that help to build a strong local economy and attract other enterprises to the region – providing exciting careers for the exceptional tech talent graduating from our universities.”

Awarded ‘Best event of LBF 2017′, LATi’s Innovation inCharnwood Showcase will be returning to the Business Festival on Wednesday 7 November. More than 50 enterprises will be on display, coupled with exiting talks by five local business people all of whom are taking forward real innovation in their work. Speakers include Catherine Grainger from 3M, Richard Horton from Team Triumph, Paul Ince from LikeMind Media & MarketEd Live, Simon Lyons from Version 22 and Alex Nash from Alcuris.

Other events include IBM Client Innovation centre’s ‘Robotic Process Automation and Your Business’ on Tuesday 30 October, which is for anyone interested in learning about Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and there is much more.

Gillian added, “Leicestershire is well positioned to support a fast-growing high-tech and advanced manufacturing sector, as well as encouraging a range of strategic new industries that can create new jobs and boost skills – through creating an infrastructure conducive to business, encouraging inward investment and providing a supportive environment that enables enterprise to thrive and grow.

“We have a lot to feel good about in Leicestershire – and the Leicester Business Festival is a great vehicle for us to all celebrate our local business achievements.”

One of the largest events events of LBF2018, the Innovation inCharnwood Showcase: Discover a New Generation of Innovation – organised by LATi in partnership with inCharnwood, is to be held in Loughborough at the Holywell Conference Centre on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park on Wednesday, 7th November.

Around 50 local enterprises will be exhibiting, from blue chips such as 3M, Almac and Thermo Fisher to innovative start-ups, such as LoyalFree, Version 22, Alcuris and LikeMind Media – many of whom have won national awards and recognition.

Business Festival events are largely free and anyone can attend, however, tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets are available either through the website www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com or via the new LBF app – free to download from Google Play or the Apple store.

Along with headline partners, Leicester Castle Business School, the 2018 Festival has the support of well-known business organisations including East Midlands Chamber; LLEP Business Gateway; East Midlands Airport; Brewin Dolphin; University of Leicester School of Business; Highcross Leicester; Shakespeare Martineau; and the FSB.

Other supporters include Everards Brewery; De Montfort University; Pattersons Commercial Law; Growth Partners PLC and the Institute of Directors, as well as official app partner Infonote; AV media partner, The Presentation Group; Coffee partner, 200 degrees; and media partners, Cross Productions and Capital Radio.#

 

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