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Be The Business festival

The Be the Business Festival hosts its in-person conference at the Royal Armouries, Leeds on March 31, from 10am-4pm.

Designed for business leaders, the festival will be packed with business-boosting talks from a host of specially-curated experts and business leaders on a variety of topics, including communication, collaboration, exportation and business growth.

Speakers include:

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chair of Q&A and Be the Business, former chair of John Lewis Partnership: Communication is key when it comes to organisational change

  • Having guided the John Lewis Partnership through periods of immense change, Sir Charlie has plenty of pointers on how to set out a new strategy, plan a transition or bring in new technology – all with your team on board.

Barry Leahey MBE, MD of Playdale Playgrounds: Managing your finances intelligently

  • Finances are a big challenge for business leaders, but did you know that by up-skilling current employees, you could save money in the long term? Having received numerous accolades for his work, Barry will now be sharing his money-saving tips with you.


  • 31 March 2022


  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm