In just under two weeks’ time, the Walsall area will host fourteen exciting business events – all part of the Black Country Business Festival starting on 23 April.
In total,122 events will be taking place throughout the Black Country over the fortnight to 4 May, making the Festival – in its inaugural year, the biggest business event in the region.
There is everything from seminars, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours and speed networking to conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and debates. Most events are completely free to attend.
Walsall has a fantastic assortment of different topics which really showcase the diverse nature of its business community. Subject matters include healthier cakes, electric vehicles, hypnosis and art, whilst there are also practical events focussing on common industry themes such as health and safety, manufacturing, exporting, digital marketing and skills.
Business Festival initiator, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce is running a Manufacturing Roadshow at Walsall Football Club on 3 May. Corin Crane, chief executive said, “It’s amazing to see the colourful range of events in just this one part of the Black Country alone. The entire business community has pulled together to make this Festival the biggest business event in the region that contains something for everyone.
“Our Manufacturing Roadshow at Walsall Football Club is open to any business of any size in the manufacturing sector in particular. We will be providing bags of information specifically for manufacturing businesses such as funding, innovation support, training, staffing, planning and much more. As well as the exhibition, there will be short presentations and lots of opportunites to network, gather knowledge and make new connections. So it would be worth anyone in this sector coming along to find out more and see how they could tap into available help and support to grow their business.”
“It is totally free to attend and as with all the events in the Festival, tickets are available on a first come, first served basis through the website www.blackcountrybusinessfestival.com”
The Business Festival events being held in Walsall comprise:
Tuesday 24 April
- Understanding Export & Overcoming challenges (Perfection Foods) at Perfection Foods
- Skills for Growth (Calderdale College) at The Hub at Walsall College
- Have Your Cake and Eat It – The Healthy Way (Perfection Foods) at Perfection Foods
- Making the Most of Brexit – Capitalising on the Gaps in the Domestic Market (Perfection Foods) at Perfection Foods
Thursday 26 April
- Google Digital Garage – Build a Digital Marketing Plan (Walsall Council) at The Hub at Walsall College
- Google Digital Garage – Introduction to Digital Advertising (Walsall Council) at The Hub at Walsall College
Monday 30 April
- A Goldfish with a Shark Fin (Okk Arts) at Old Bank Business Centre
- Skills Summit – Today’s Challenges in the Black Country (Walsall College) at The Hub at Walsall College
Tuesday 1 May
- Health & Safety Basics for SMEs (Nant Ltd) at Bloxwich Golf Club
- Growth Mindset (Minerva Growth Ltd) at Old Bank Business Centre
Thursday 3 May
- The Manufacturing Roadshow (Black Country Chamber of Commerce) at Walsall Football Club
- Simple Strategies For Workplace Wellbeing (Physic Health Consulting) at HomeServe
Friday 4 May
- Making The Switch To Electric Vehicles (AJ Vehicle Solutions Ltd) at The Old Bank Business Centre
- Your Business, Your Way! (Go 4 Gold Local Limited) at The Village Hotel, Walsall
More information and tickets for all events are listed on the website www.blackcountrybusinessfestival.com. As most events are completely free to attend, it is advisable to book early.
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, bringing the region together once a year to engage, share best practice and collaborate with each other on a completely new level.
The Black Country Business Festival is run in association with Associated Events and is additionally supported by a number of organisations which all understand its importance and relevance and want to contribute to its success. Sponsors include: Cox & Plant, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Ramada Park Hall Hotel. Supporters are the University of Wolverhampton, Talbots Law, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Casino 36, Sandwell Council and Nachural and media partners are Express & Star, Midlands in Business, Signal 107 and Elonex.