Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Dudley | Walsall 

5 - 15 October 2020

When do you need to know by?

At your earliest convenience. If you wish to discuss this, please get in touch with Gemma West (BCBF Project Manager) at hello@blackcountrybusinessfestival.com or call +44(0)1902 912 304.

What if the Festival can't go ahead in October?

If circumstances dictate that the Festival cannot take place in it's existing form in October, we will make provisions for it to become a 'Digital' festival, with events being live-streamed using a platform that will be accessible to everyone. If that is the case we will share more details about how this will work and how to get involved nearer the time.

What if I my speaker/venue isn't available for the date in October?

You have a number of options. Firstly to see if your speaker/venue is available on any other dates in the festival (Monday 5th - Thursday 15th October 2020), if they are you will need to contact Gemma West at hello@blackcountrybusinessfestival.com to see if your new date event slot can be accommodated in the October programme. Secondly, you could try and find a new speaker/venue for your reserved date. For the official BCBF Venue Partners please visit our webpage here. These venues offer event organisers either free of charge or heavily discounted space for events during the 9 day festival. If this isn't possible you could either review your event and see if there's a different subject that you could find a new speaker to cover. If you are still facing difficulties, then you can cancel your event if necessary. Please do let us know.

Do I have to submit my application again?

No, we will automatically roll over your event to the same day/time slot in the festival, but please do let us know if you are unable or don't intend to proceed with your event in October

Frequently Asked 


Event organisers from May

Where can I find the events schedule, specific information and how do I book?

Event programme information and tickets will be available under the ‘Get Involved’ tab on this website. There will also be a brochure made available. The full schedule of events can be found under the 'Calendar of Events' tab when events become live.

Please check individual event and venue listings for specific information about your chosen event.

Is there a dress code?

We will not be specifying a dress code for festival events, as the Festival’s focus is business. We would suggest professional dress if you would feel more comfortable blending in.

I am interested in putting on an event during the Festival. What type of event would be suitable?

The Business Festival will be our platform to showcase all the impressive features the Black Country has to offer, to a local, regional and national audience.

Your event will allow you to increase awareness of your business, but the overall focus should be the ways in which your knowledge and experience will boost the local economy.

Any organisation, whether commercial, public, education or charity, can apply to run an event in the Business Festival. This can take any shape from a seminar or workshop through to a trade show or conference. However, please bear in mind that your event will need to take into consideration any social distancing rules that may apply at the time under government guidance. Your event can also be streamed live should this be the case to ensure you receive maximum attendance.

We are also giving all event organisers the alternative option of streaming their event digitally through a platform that can be made accessible by everyone, more information on this will follow.

All events must benefit Black Country people or companies. Events that are purely self-promotional are strongly discouraged and are likely to be declined.

Can I charge admission?

Events should be free to attend where possible. You are welcome to obtain sponsorship to help with this if necessary.

Tickets must be distributed on a first come first served basis.

How can I promote my event and my business?

The Festival itself will be promoted centrally via our online presence, social media and in our Festival brochure. We will also be working with a range of local, regional and national press organisations to promote the Festival and individual events.

We would also encourage you to promote your own event with your network, online and on social media.

Your event should not be purely promotional, however, this will not prevent you from raising awareness of your business as part of your event. You can choose to host an event at your own premises or use your own processes as part of a demonstration.

You may also display a banner or offer printed information allowing your guests to find out more about your products or services.

My business premises are not suitable for an event but I would still like to host a physical event if this is possible. Are there other options available?

Yes. We are working with prestige venues across the region to enable you to find the right location for your event. Please be aware that many venues may have to commit to the government guidelines of social distancing should these apply, at the time of the festival.

Click here for the 'Venues' tab to find out more information about our venue partners.

Events can take place anywhere in the Black Country.

What levels of sponsorship packages are there and how will they benefit my business?

There are four levels of sponsorship available – headline sponsor, partner, affiliate sponsor and supporter. We aim to offer a bespoke package for each of our sponsors, which enables us to make the best use of each sponsors’ own strengths and also enables you to meet your own objectives and ensure a tangible return on investment.

All of our Festival partners will be featured on the Black Country banner and our promotional materials. Your logo will appear on the sponsors’ banner, which will be featured throughout the festival, on our own promotional materials and within our press and social media coverage. We will be working with a range of media partners to ensure that our coverage reaches the widest audience possible.

As a sponsor or partner you will also have the opportunity of hosting an event. Whilst these should not be solely promotional, hosting an event will enable you to introduce your business to a new audience and to increase awareness of your knowledge and expertise.

In its own right, the festival will open up opportunities for networking, collaboration and connecting.

Sponsors and partners may also be offered the chance to attend certain appropriate flagship events attended by key industry figures from throughout the region.

If you would like to know more about becoming a sponsor or partner, please

contact hello@blackcountrybusinessfestival.com for further information.

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