Our Festival celebrates and supports business, through unmissable conferences, seminars and bespoke business brokerage meetings. We're returning to Exhibition Centre Liverpool for three weeks from the 12 - 28 June 2018, bringing a world of business to anticipated crowds of more than 25,000 visitors. We’re building upon the legacy of our successful 2014 and 2016 festivals, but we’re also bringing you something totally different at the same time.
About The Festival
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN ESTABLISHED?
In 2014, the International Business Festival was established as a biennial event that brought some of the world’s most ambitious businesses under one roof to make valuable business connections happen.
The Festival – staged in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, Liverpool - captured the diversity and dynamism of the global marketplace. It hosted more than 100 individual events, from international conferences to intimate seminars, all housed within the £66m Exhibition Centre Liverpool. In 2016, the second International Business Festival welcomed more than 30,000 attendees from around the world.
People attend for many reasons, to do deals, be inspired, make connections and enjoy an exciting and engaging programme of expert panels, practical workshops and high-profile keynote addresses.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
The International Business Festival has given a platform to some of the biggest and most influential names in their fields to share expertise and let delegates in on their success stories. With more than 200 events in total, we couldn’t possibly list all our speakers.
But here’s a small selection who took to the stage and told their story in 2016, just to give you a taste of what we can offer. - Wayne Hemingway MBE (Red or Dead) - Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder, WPP - Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre - Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO - Sir Terry Leahy, former Chief Executive of Tesco - Lord Powell. Former Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister - Johnny Earle, Founder of Johnny Cupcakes EVENTS
Over three weeks, the 2018 International Business Festival will showcase the world of business as it is today, through an exceptional programme of conferences and seminars. Each will feature input from leading authorities in their fields, promising a range of contrasting and insightful views. It’s what gives our festival its lively atmosphere, memorable debates and lasting value.
The 2018 International Business Festival will also help businesses get to grips with new markets, including China, India and the Americas. True lands of opportunity, where savvy businesses can secure substantial growth.
The event will feature an international marketplace, festival incubator, TED style talks from leading business minds, an innovation hub and brokered business meetings to make new deals happen. If you’re looking to shake up your business, access new markets, grow, develop, innovate and network, there’s no better event for you than the 2018 International Business Festival.
INNOVATION & INSPIRATION
Every year, the business world is transformed by both world events and innovations. Brexit, Trump, 3D tech, AI, VR, automation, and shiny-new social media are changing the way we do business at an incredible rate. In fact, the world of business has changed more in the last decade than any decade before.
The 2018 International Business Festival will delve into new trends, help businesses to successfully manoeuvre in an ever-changing world and highlight the opportunities that global innovations present. Likewise, inspiration can come to you from all angles - sometimes sought out, sometimes unexpected – to both challenge your business philosophy and take you in a new direction. When we say, our programme is inspiring, we mean it.
Our international marketplace allows you to connect with more than 100 business organisations and institutions, each a potential investor, partner or buyer. World-leading conferences and events, access to workshops, practical advice from industry experts and no-nonsense how-to sessions and panel debates will feed your passion for business, inspire bold new ambitions and inform your business strategy. Innovation and inspiration are the wheels that drive business forward.
Without them, business growth can slow down or come to a standstill. Let the 2018 International Business Festival spur on your business. Sign-up below for regular updates.
Liverpool was made for business. Liverpool is a city that shines. It’s a lively place where the people have a true entrepreneurial spirit as famous as the warmth of their welcome. It’s the perfect place to host our Festival. Well connected to the rest of the UK by road and rail, the city is well served by air, thanks to quick and easy access to international flights at both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport.
But Liverpool is never all about business. A world-famous city of culture, music and sport, it has a global reputation for showing visitors a great time and 2018 is set to be the city’s most spectacular yet. The year marks one decade since Liverpool held it’s triumphant ‘Capital of Culture’ and to celebrate the city is planning an ambitious, year-long cultural programme of internationally significant events, exhibitions and performances from the world’s greatest musicians, artists and cultural institutions.
HOW CAN I
There are many ways to get involved with our festival. You can host and event, exhibit or sponsor. For more information visit the partner section of our website.