Free business and skills events in Black Country Business Festival

Companies from across the Black Country are being invited to attend free events in the forthcoming Business Festival from 13 -24 May.

Hundreds of business events are on offer that could be helpful to firms of all sizes with different aspects of their operations such as skill development and recruiting, addressing organisational or business issues, learning new ways of working or implementing more efficient processes.

There are over 100 events in the Festival programme in total. These are being run by Black Country businesses, universities and colleges, private sector business support organisations and public authorities - who are opening their doors to Black Country businesses to learn, share, network and grow.

Most events are completely free to attend and include varied business themes such as exporting and trading internationally; marketing, sales and social media techniques; help with business processes, managing risk, business continuity and performance.

Individuals can also benefit from learning new leadership and motivation techniques, public speaking workshops and hearing about the essentials of being a director.

Corin Crane chief executive of the Black Country Chamber said,

“The Business Festival is representative of our vibrant Black Country business community which boasts a diverse workforce spanning an impressive range of industry sectors, from manufacturing to retail, education to arts and leisure.

“The Black Country is really witnessing a resurgence and the Business Festival only further reinforces this, by bringing the business community together under one unified banner and giving our companies tangible opportunities to develop and grow through the free and exciting range of events on offer.

Around 446,000 people are employed in the Black Country and this figure is on the rise. Education participation - particularly in higher level qualifications, skilled trade apprenticeships, are similarly all improving. This is echoed in the Business Festival with 15 events, education and skills features high on agenda. These seek to bring together education and careers with industry needs; as well as incorporating recruitment and resource matching workshops and events to help to re-integrate young offenders and ex-forces personnel into the world of work.

Professor Clare Schofield, Director of the University of Wolverhampton Business School said,

“We understand that we need to develop the skills needed for jobs of the future and these will enable businesses to capitalise on opportunities for innovation and growth.

“We have access to outstanding school, further and higher education in the Black Country as well as excellent specialist training and development providers in the private sector.”

Education and skills provision plays a vital part in the regional economy and the free Business Festival events are a useful way for businesses develop links with the sector.

To see all the events on offer in the Festival, whether business, skills, education or other sectors, view the on-line brochure or visit the website to browse and book tickets: