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One month until third Black Country Business Festival

The Black Country Business Festival gets underway in just under one month’s time. Starting on 5 October, the 2020 Festival contains 100 free business events over its nine-day duration.

There is a good mix of physical and digital events in an array of different subjects, from recruitment, jobs and skills; energy efficiency; mental health in the workplace; investment and tourism opportunities for the region to starting a new business and much more.

The diverse range of topics means that the Business Festival should appeal to a broad audience including those businesses that might be looking to start re-engaging, following downtime from the pandemic.

The Festival will also offer many opportunities to learn new skills or business tactics, and there are events that showcase new technologies, or ways of working that might improve business efficiency.

Events are all free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance through the website

The Festival was initiated by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce three years ago. Chief executive, Corin Crane, said, “The Black Country never ceases to impress me - the fact that we have almost 100 events in our Festival this year just goes to show what a resilient region we operate in.

“The Chamber is running a number of our own events in the Festival. These include our Third Week Wednesday networking session as well as a debate involving the key business support agencies around how businesses can survive and grow during a recession, Brexit and a pandemic.

“There will be an abundance of fantastic opportunities generated through the Festival and I would encourage everyone to make the most of what the programme has to offer.”

All events are listed on the Business Festival website, along with more information.

The BCBF relies on sponsorship from organisations in the Black Country. As well as the Chamber and Dudley Business First, other 2020 Partners include: University of Wolverhampton, Talbots Law, the Black Country Growth Hub and LEP. Sponsors are: Wolverhampton Racecourse, Thomas Dudley, Casino36 and M6toll. The Festival is also supported by Gecko Programmes, Sandwell Council and Walsall Council with media partners, Elonex, Greatest Hits Radio and the Metro and app partner, Infonote. The Festival is managed by Associate Events.

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