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Countdown to the start of the region’s biggest business event

There is just one week to go until the start of the inaugural, two-week, Black Country Business Festival on 23 April.

Over 100 free business events will be taking place all across the Black Country during the Festival fortnight from 23 April to 4 May.

There are no restrictions as to who attend the events, and tickets are all available on a first come, first served basis via the website

People can expect to find a huge range of business events - run by all sorts of different organisations in the region, which all combine to make a packed Business Festival programme. With 122 events in total, it has already become the biggest business event in the region.

The Festival contains all sorts of events such as workshops and seminars on legal matters, access to finance, how to market and promote your business, exporting and trading abroad, data protection, fairtrade, recruitment and skills, and business networking events with a difference!

These are combined with an array of specialist events: robotics and automation; BIM (Business Information Modelling for the property and construction sector); an introduction to the Innotrans rail event; supply chain opportunities in the construction of nuclear plants; using golf to enhance business; driving change and inclusivity in the Black Country; as well as a couple of very inspiring women in business events.

There are exciting exhibitions focusing on manufacturing, skills, business and promotional merchandise as well as exclusive tours around some of the biggest businesses in the Black Country including Jaguar Land Rover, Liberty Engineering and the M6Toll.

Whatever the industry, size or status of business, there will be something in the Business Festival that will appeal to everyone.

Originated by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and partnered by DY5 – Dudley’s Business & Innovation Enterprise Zone, the Festival will be an annual event in the business calendar.

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said, “With only one week to go, everything is heating up and we are really looking forward to the first Black Country Business Festival.

“The response from the business community has been incredible, with so many fantastic events that really showcase the colourful range of businesses in the region. Tickets are flying out of the door, but it’s not too late to get hold of them. I would encourage everyone to visit the Business Festival website to see what’s on offer and book their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

The aim of the Business Festival is to bring the region together, enabling the local business community to engage, share best practice and collaborate with each other on a completely new level. There will be endless opportunities for businesses and individuals to meet, partner and learn from each other – helping the region to prosper, its people to develop and the economy grow.

The Black Country Business Festival is run in association with Associated Events and in addition to the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and DY5, it is supported by a number of organisations which all understand its importance and relevance and want to contribute to its success. It is sponsored by Cox & Plant and the Ramada Park Hall Hotel, and it is supported by the University of

Wolverhampton, Talbots Law, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Casino 36, Sandwell Council and Nachural. Business Festival media partners are Express & Star, Midlands in Business, Signal 107 and Elonex.

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