International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

2018 INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS FESTIVAL

#BUSINESSFEST

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WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL?

Looking to grow your business? Fantastic.
You’ve come to the right place

From 12 – 28 June 2018, the UK hosts the world’s biggest international business festival. Join 30,000 industry professionals and enter a world of business opportunities.

Hosting more than 40 major global events across 9 high growth sector themed days, the festival will provide you with the knowledge, market insights and vital connections you need to take your business forward.

Be inspired by success and let industry leaders show you how to turn challenges into opportunities. Sharpen your skills and develop focussed, high-performance teams.

Whether you’re exploring international market opportunities, enhancing your product offer, securing scale-up finance or looking to get your product or service in front of global buyers, the festival is an enlightening and comprehensive gateway to future business growth.

Attend as a visitor or showcase your product to potential UK and International investors and buyers with a marketplace exhibition stand, take action today for your business of tomorrow

 

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Festival at a glance

FUTURES STAGE

FUTURES STAGE

A dynamic and lively platform for global innovators, influencers and industry experts to share ideas and inspiration.

Enthusiastically received in 2016, with keynote speakers and debates from a wide variety of global business voices. Our Futures Stage delivers the latest insights and engaging energy, providing a lively and illuminating centrepiece to our diverse Festival experience.

Futures icon

THE KNOWLEDGE HUB

THE KNOWLEDGE HUB

The Knowledge Hub will offer a how-to sessions and presentations, designed for businesses that are big on ambition but short on time and will be delivered by a range of expert partners.

The sessions will focus on three themes: 

Leadership, talent & skills 

Businesses face a major skills gap which can hold back growth ambition. When recruiting and retaining the right talent with technical and business skills, is it time to reinvent and rethink your approach? Sessions will focus on how to tackle this subject.

Access to finance

Many businesses looking to scale-up struggle to access the right finance. These sessions are designed to provide you with a snapshot of the options available and the opportunity to meet providers and those who have benefited from a wide range of finance programmes.

International markets

Mumbai, New York or Shanghai? Research is an essential step for any business exploring international market opportunities. Learn from those who took the first step: our international partners and experts will showcase opportunities and the latest insights into export opportunities and expansion models.

Knowledge Hub

THE INNOVATION HUB

THE INNOVATION HUB

At the Festival’s Innovation Hub, and as part of the UK Government pavilion, you will meet some of the sharpest minds, creative thinkers and unique products which will shape the future global economy.

In partnership with the GREAT Britain campaign, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK, the 2018 Festival is delighted to showcase the very best of UK innovation.

Innovation Hub

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

The festival provides the perfect stage to connect with UK and international investors, buyers and your future partners. Connect with innovators and future thinkers.

Link up with quality prospects and secure your festival meetings via the online networking platform to make the most of your time.

Global Connections

INTERNATIONAL<br>MARKETPLACE

INTERNATIONAL
MARKETPLACE

An exciting mix of over a hundred exhibitors will showcase goods, services, projects and regional market opportunities across the festival floor. A place for buyers, investors, businesses, researchers and academics to meet, collaborate and do business.

International Marketplace

Festival in three minutes

Festival in Numbers

  • £500m + 
    WORTH OF BUSINESS DEALS
  • 94000
    VISITS
  • 31000
    UNIQUE VISITORS
  • 194
    INTERNATIONAL MARKET DELEGATIONS
  • £87M
    WORTH OF EXPORTS SECURED
  • £250M
    OF SALES GENERATED

What they say

  • “I am pleased to be able to express my continued support, and the continued support of the UK Government, for the International Business Festival. In 2018, the event will provide unparalleled access to trade and investment opportunities…”
    British Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP
  • “I am pleased to announce my patronage of the 2018 International Business Festival and I very much look forward to seeing the event myself, in June. I trust it will be an unqualified success…”
    HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
  • "The Festival delivered everything it promised and more"
    Frank McKenna
    Downtown in Business
  • "We estimate both productions secured through the Festival will bring investment of between £2m and £30m over the next 3-5 years"
    Michelle Billington
    Foot in the Door Films
  • "We’ve secured 20 serious leads through the Festival that we are confident will translate into tangible deals in the near future"
    Paul Horan
    Cracker123
  • "Through the Festival we have significantly advanced our global profile, securing high-value deals with buyers in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas"
    Brian Wilkins
    Abbey Group

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GLOBAL EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY 

GLOBAL EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY 

Effectively marketing your business means talking directly to your customers. Our unique 2018 International Business Festival attracts global buyers, across nine targeted business themes, presenting a massive opportunity to meet the decision makers who can take your business into new markets and beyond.

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HOSTED EVENTS

HOSTED EVENTS

Our Festival will host more than 50 major global events and conferences, in addition to our core programme. Imagine a world of business opportunity, potential connections and thousands of sector-specific delegates meters away from the main event. Take a look below.


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PARTNERS

Festival Partners

HSBC UKBABBCGREAT

 

DAY SPONSORS

HSBC UKDWF

 

Supporters

 

 

 

Become a partner

Want to talk to ambitious businesses from your target sectors? Our Festival attracts go-getting companies that are looking to grow, expand into new markets, forge strong alliances and become a greater entity tomorrow than they are today.

We have a range of bespoke and exciting partnership opportunities, Our receptive audiences are exactly the type of sharp minded businesspeople that B2B businesses want to talk to and, through the Festival, we can help them.  Get in touch or read on to discover more.

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