Conferencing + Events Feature — 15 March 2018

The Black Country is gearing up for its first ever Business Festival, taking place over two weeks from 23 April – 4 May.

This new venture is set to burst into the annual corporate calendar with over 100 business events forming a packed and exciting Festival programme.

How it came about…

The Business Festival idea was developed by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce to help the Black Country business community to develop and grow through learning, sharing and interacting.

With over 7,000 anticipated attendees, this large-scale, three-year business initiative is also intended to draw unprecedented attention to the Black Country by showcasing the innovation, culture, commerce and wide range of diverse and innovative businesses based in the area.

As the Festival grows year on year, it’s reach will spread to national and international audiences, bringing added benefits to region’s inward investment selling points.

So that the Festival can happen, it is being backed by various organisations which all understand its importance to the region and want to contribute to its success. The Business Festival is proudly partnered the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and DY5 – Dudley’s Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone. It is sponsored by Cox & Plant, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Ramada Park Hall Hotel and supported by University of Wolverhampton, Talbots Law, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Casino 36 and media partners, the Express & Star; Midlands in Business and Signal 107.

Fantastic uptake

For the past few months, applications to run events in the Festival have flooded in from Black Country organisations, resulting in a two-week programme that is filled with over 100 seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences.

There is a superb mix of different events combine existing, traditional industries with new and emerging key areas for growth – truly showcasing the innovation, culture and commerce present in the colourful range of businesses that proudly make up the Black Country.

Events are classified into nine key sectors and are taking place in all corners of the region from Stourbridge, Dudley, West Bromwich and Oldbury over to Wolverhampton, Walsall and Wednesbury.

The range of venues add another interesting dimension with everything from the more traditional hotels, offices and theatres to the bizarre- prisons, casinos; golf clubs and an army reserve centre!

Absolutely anyone can to go to the Business Festival!

People will be coming from far and wide to hear from Black Country businesses and see what this fantastic region has to offer.

The programme has something for everyone – whether a new business, small to medium sized enterprise, employee or director of a large corporate organisation – with an abundance of opportunities to learn new things, make new connections, grow supply chains, share information, network and much more!

Nearly every event in the Festival is free to attend although tickets must be booked in advance.

The complete Business Festival calendar and tickets are available on and the list of events are sortable by date, region and sector.

Visit for more information, to see the calendar of events and book tickets. See more about the Black Country Business Festival here.


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