A variety of Leicestershire-based baking companies are set to feature at Leicester’s Business Festival, taking place from 24October – 4 November.

The festival outlines some of the world’s most recognised food and drink companies and brands in the regional area, including Cornish pasty-maker Samworth Bros, Pukka Pies, Délifrance, Jacobs Bakery and Premier Foods.

Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and one of the most successful in the world.

Leicester Business Festival board member Alister De Ternant told British Baker: “Leicestershire is home to some of the largest UK’s bakery manufacturers and it is no wonder that the region makes up a significant proportion of the industry’s economic worth.”

The 2015 event was a success that featured 25 out of 80 events becoming sold out over a period of two weeks.

This year, the festival is aiming to see even more businesses involved, even more people in attendance and increase recognition both nationally and internationally.

In October last year, Leicestershire-based Vegan bakery, The Vegan Cakery, won a prestigious award at the Vegfest UK Festival.