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Chamber sponsors five events at Love Business

Posted on February 13th, 2018

Five events at this year’s Love Business Expo are being hosted bythe Chamber.

They include presentations on apprenticeships, access to finance in a post-Brexit economy, an economic update, using Instagram and Pinterest as marketing tools and getting ready now for the introduction of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May.

The Chamber is the main sponsor of Love Business, the biggest business networking and exhibition event in the East Midlands.

Love Business, which is staged by Chamber Patron Quiet Storm, has been an annual event since 2011.

It attracted 1,367 visitors in its first year and has grown steadily each year since, with visitor numbers of more than 3,000 in 2017.

Previously staged at Donington Park, the event is moving this year to Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough.

It takes place on 22 February, starting at 9.30am and will feature exhibitions from many of the region’s top companies in addition to the various workshops and presentations planned.

The Chamber’s events will take place in the Presentation Theatre, which is also being sponsored by the Chamber in conjunction with the National Apprenticeship Service, Collaborate for Growth, the Leicestershire Digital Growth Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.

At the Chamber-hosted events
•The National Apprenticeship Service will talk about how businesses can benefit from employing apprentices and how to make the most of the changes to the way apprenticeships operate
•David Tindsley, Investment Manager at Maven Capital Partners UK - the organisation managing the Midlands Engine Investment Fund on behalf of the British Business Bank - and Tony Petersen, Export Finance Manager, East Midlands Region at UK Export Finance will talk about accessing finance post-Brexit
•Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics at HSBC UK Commercial Banking will discuss what the future might hold for East Midlands businesses operating in a constantly-changing economic environment
•Digital marketing and CRM strategist Paul Ince will talk about how firms can use social media such as Instagram and Pinterest as a marketing tool, and
•Digital Growth Programme Consultant, Lee Callender, will offer guidance on how firms can successfully prepare for the changes to data processing with the introduction of GDPR on 25 May.

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “Since its launch in 2011, Love Business has become an important event in the regional calendar, offering delegates an opportunity to network widely and exhibitors a chance to market themselves to a wide audience.

“The Chamber has sponsored Love Business for many years because we recognise its importance to the regional and wider business community. And in the past we have used the event to stage our Manufacturing & Engineering and Sustainability conferences.

“This year, we are using our involvement to stage presentations to advise businesses about things that are likely to impact them in the very near future or which have already had an impact that they might not be making the most of.”

Steve Megson, Managing Director at Quiet Storm, said: “It’s an exciting new location for this year’s Love Business expo and the 200-seat dedicated speaker theatre will take the event to another level.

“There are lots of new features and there is a real buzz in the air - and although the venue has 2,000 car parking spaces it’ll be running an overflow carpark shuttle to accommodate the number of expected visitors.”

Details of the Manufacturing & Engineering and Sustainability conferences can be found on the Chamber’s events listings on its website at http://bit.ly/2GY8QsU.

To book on to any of the Chamber’s events at Love Business visit http://bit.ly/2BO67Tt.

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Notes to Editors:
About the Leicester and Leicestershire Digital Growth Programme
The Leicester and Leicestershire Digital Growth Programme is project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), which provides dedicated support to enterprises located in Leicester and Leicestershire. It aims to support growing businesses to explore and introduce new and emerging ICT products and services into their business to improve competitiveness and productivity driving economic growth. SMEs registered to the programme can access a range of resources including attending free awareness-raising seminars, action-planning workshops, digital conference and access to free digital business advice and grant funding opportunities.
European Regional Development Fund
The Digital Growth Programme project has received £2.6m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
About the Collaborate for Growth
Leicester City Council lead organisation and is the accountable body for the Collaborate project and, on behalf of a consortium of public and private sector partners, led a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Collaborate is a three-year, £7.3m business growth project offering comprehensive business support, capital grants and an inward investment service for small to medium-sized enterprises in the Leicester and Leicestershire area. More information at www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/collaborate Collaborate is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and partner organisations from Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and the Food and Drink Forum.
The Collaborate project is receiving £3.1m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund.
Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https:// www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
More details on Collaborate can be seen at http://www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/collaborate.