WHAT IS IT?
This innovative event is designed to deliver business growth through the sharing of knowledge, insight and ideas, enabling the creation of new, lucrative connections, with investors, buyers and partners, to secure future business.
Festival at a glance
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.
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.
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.
UK INNOVATION HUB
At the Festival’s UK 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.
The UK Innovation Hub is delivered on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade and the GREAT Britain campaign
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.
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.
A host of world-leading industry conferences and exciting events will make their home at the 2018 International Business Festival.
Each day will see up to six independent events take place within the Festival.
Festival in Numbers
- £500m +
WORTH OF BUSINESS DEALS
INTERNATIONAL MARKET DELEGATIONS
WORTH OF EXPORTS SECURED
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…”
“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…”
"The Festival delivered everything it promised and more"
"We estimate both productions secured through the Festival will bring investment of between £2m and £30m over the next 3-5 years"
"We’ve secured 20 serious leads through the Festival that we are confident will translate into tangible deals in the near future"
"Through the Festival we have significantly advanced our global profile, securing high-value deals with buyers in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas"
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.