International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

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We inspire, influence and stimulate innovative business thinking and understanding through our digital platforms, as well as through our Festival.  This section is where we update our delegates on Festival developments, business blogs and press announcements. 

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  • QUICK-FIRE FESTIVAL FINDINGS

    04 October 2018 Ian Hughes
    Short on time? Want to know about the 2018 International Business Festival? Read this. 
  • POWERFUL ADVOCATES OFFER SUPPORT

    04 October 2018 Ian Hughes
    Opening with a stirring endorsement from Prime Minister Theresa May (sadly sans dance) and closing with an engaging round-up of achievements from British Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox, the 2018 Inte ...
  • £3M deals. Lucrative new connections. A world of new business opportunity. Even during our event we we're hearing exciting stories of delegates securing new contracts through our Festival...
  • Delegates are being invited to reveal their International Business Festival highlights, with prizes on offer to those who complete an evaluation survey. But some are already reaping the rewards of att ...
  • So, the International Business Festival: Leading industry speakers, top politicians, delegates from all over the world... but what did it ever do for Liverpool? Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. Thr ...
  • AND THAT'S A WRAP...

    28 June 2018
    It was a day that brought an emotional element to a business environment in the way that only sport or culture could. The International Business Festival's closing day began with the stirring video th ...
  • Fewer suits... a hipper vibe... the buzz of creativity... people dressed in shorts... it's been a day with a difference at the International Business Festival. Creative Industries Day was always going ...
  • Where are we heading? What will it look like? What’s the future for my business, sector and profession? This year, our Festival seeks to answer the big questions, by discussing and debating the future ...
  • Health & Life Sciences Day packed a punch in more ways than one, as the International Business Festival entered its third week. Industry heavy-hitters Lord Paul Drayson and Lord Jim O’Neill put forwar ...
  • If you had any doubts that the International Business Festival was a truly global affair, a wander through the exhibition stands would soon put you straight. Hamburg, Shanghai, Antwerp, Ras al Khaimah ...
  • FIVE SIMPLE HR STEPS TO A BETTER BUSINESS

    25 June 2018 Ben Willmott, head of public policy, CIPD
    A practical session at the International Business Festival will explore the benefits of good HR practice to your workforce - and the potential knock-on effects for your business. One of the challenges ...
  • We've all heard the reports about antibiotics losing their power through overuse. Yet patients continue to put pressure on doctors to prescribe inappropriately. So how can we solve the problem - and w ...
  • As the global tourism industry continues to expand and become more complex, it is vital that those in the industry are equipped with a current, thorough knowledge of the most vital topics involved. Th ...
  • They've got the hair, the clothes and the ideas... and these students also had the guts to face up to a Dragons' Den-style panel with a business idea formed in a matter of hours. Welcome to #NextGenFe ...
  • WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD

    21 June 2018 Ian Hughes
    Fancy testing a nuclear zone for radioactivity? How about crawling between cracks and defusing bombs? No? Scanning roadworks for damage and simultaneously repairing it? Some jobs simply aren’t meant f ...
  • Day Six at the International Business Festival featured a robot invasion, a major funding announcement and a celebrity visit, before ending with a blistering critique of capitalism. It was Global Logi ...
  • "A manufacturing panel and look at our gender make-up." Rosa Wilkinson, of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, made the observation during a panel debate on The Future of Making Things on Day Five ...
  • The Duke of Cambridge praised companies he met at the International Business Festival, saying those demonstrating on the UK Innovation Hub "exemplify the creativity and inventiveness of British firms" ...
  • It's the place where key contacts are made, products are showcased and inward investment agencies tempt companies into new horizons. The International Marketplace has welcomed dozens of exhibitors fro ...
  • The UK's flagging productivity rates have come under the spotlight at the International Business Festival, where Small Business Minister Andrew Griffiths challenged SMEs to "work smarter". The issue b ...
  • While our Futures Stage speeches have been grabbing the headlines during the International Business Festival’s opening week, its less flashy cousin – the Knowledge Hub – has been quietly making things ...
  • UK INNOVATION HUB: A VIRTUAL VISIT

    13 June 2018 Andy McFarlane
    In a corner of an exhibition space in Liverpool, delegates are cycling through the centre of Manchester. “It’s crazy isn’t it?” says one as he pedals along Oxford Road. “You can hear the sounds and ev ...
  • Calls for further devolution to city-regions dominated a heavy-hitting second day at the International Business Festival in Liverpool. Delegates packed the Futures Stage to hear first from five Englis ...
  • VOICE OF INDUSTRY HEARD AT BUSINESS FESTIVAL

    12 June 2018 Andy McFarlane
    Demands for better infrastructure, closer ties between trade policies and the Industrial Strategy, and a swipe at US President Donald Trump were all features of the first major speech at the 2018 Inte ...
  • There was music, colour and leading lights on stage - but not a Wellington boot in sight, as the International Business Festival got under way in Liverpool. Styling itself as ‘The Glastonbury for Busi ...
  • A future powered entirely by green energy would mean little if the way we lived continued to be unsustainable in other ways. That's why, on Sustainable Energy Day, our Futures Stage will hear from a c ...
  • FUTURE WORLD OF WORK: ONLY HUMAN?

    07 June 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    Machines that process data much faster than humans are making companies more efficient and jobs obsolete. So what will the human workforce of the future look like? Artificial intelligence… machine lea ...
  • Kensington Palace has confirmed our Festival patron, the Duke of Cambridge, will attend the International Business Festival on June 19. Prince William will tour the Festival Floor at Exhibition Centre ...
  • Will robots take our jobs? Should everyone get a basic income, whether they have a job or not? Can microchips help save the world? They’re huge questions about the very nature of our society in the ye ...
  • CREATIVE BUSINESSES NEED HELP GETTING GOOD FINANCE

    04 June 2018 Charlotte Chung, Creative Industries Federation
    The UK’s creative industries are an economic powerhouse. It is the fastest growing sector in the last decade and, in 2016, contributed £91.8bn to the economy – this is more than the automotive, life s ...
  • British small businesses are looking to overseas markets for growth, with Europe still the number one target, despite Brexit, according to new research. A majority of SME leaders (55%) see Brexit as a ...
  • There will be a huge focus on UK-China trade at the International Business Festival, with up to 200 Chinese delegates converging on Liverpool for the three-week event. Delegations from areas including ...
  • Evidence is growing that encouraging ethnic and cultural diversity in the workplace can yield financial results. But are enough businesses taking it seriously? At the turn of the year, a McKinsey repo ...
  • FUTURE TRANSPORT: HYPERLOOP OR HIGH-SPEED RAIL?

    14 May 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    Grand transport schemes have historically been a favourite of ministers keen to capture both headlines and the commuting public’s imagination. But should we be thinking differently? In recent years, H ...
  • Productivity - a measure of output per unit of input - is something that politicians and economists tend to get worked up about. But as Cumbria Crystal MD Chris Blade writes, focusing on productivity ...
  • SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: POSITIVE CURRENTS?

    10 May 2018 Mark Shayler, for The Business Tribune
    Britain may have celebrated its first day of coal-free power generation but our energy habits remain unsustainable. So, how can the UK lead the change? Observing the world of sustainable energy these ...
  • FESTIVAL VOICE: LOOK TO THE FUTURE... BE INSPIRED

    09 May 2018 Stephanie Power, for The Business Tribune
    The Futures Stage is our version of Glastonbury's Pyramid - the place to find the biggest names, the most exciting ideas and those showstopping Festival moments. So what can delegates expect from it? ...
  • THE POWER OF NETWORKING

    02 May 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    There is little doubting the power of networking. We caught up with one tech entrepreneur whose connections have taken his smart city business around the world. From learning to program in his teens, ...
  • The Northwest’s two Metro Mayors Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham are imploring companies to take advantage of the 2018 International Business Festival and "access a world of business opportunity, righ ...
  • ENERGY INNOVATION: AFRICA'S RENEWABLES OPPORTUNITIES

    25 April 2018 Contributed by DWF Law
    Exciting innovations are transforming the global energy sector. But will Africa bypass traditional energy infrastructure and head straight for off-grid renewables? Many commentators have described mod ...
  • RAISING A GLASS TO NEW EXPORTERS

    24 April 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    THE value and volume of British exports has been rising fairly steadily for a couple of years, with sales boosted by Sterling’s post-Brexit slump and an improved global economic outlook. Existing expo ...
  • Our Festival is all about helping businesses to grow. With the support of our expert partners, we're bringing you a series of easy-to-digest mini guides. They're packed with practical advice on Access ...
  • EXPORT EXPERTISE: OVERSEAS AGENTS AND DISTRIBUTORS

    18 April 2018 From the Business Tribune
    You’ve done your research and picked your export market. But could a partner help you gain a foothold? The Institute of Export & International Trade sets out some options. Establishing an internationa ...
  • Our Festival is all about helping businesses to grow. With the support of our expert partners, we're bringing you a series of easy-to-digest mini guides. They're packed with practical advice on Access ...
  • TRADING ACROSS BORDERS: A CHANGING WORLD

    17 April 2018 Contributed by DWF Law
    When considering international expansion, businesses must overcome many obstacles. But different regions pose different challenges. So what should you bear in mind? Brexit in the UK and economic tensi ...
  • Our Festival is all about helping businesses to grow. With the support of our expert partners, we're bringing you a series of easy-to-digest mini guides. They're packed with practical advice on Access ...
  • Festival partner DWF will offer a glimpse into the future of transport, and the business opportunities it presents, during two fascinating Festival sessions. The law firm's head of transport says chan ...
  • An exciting new feature at the International Business Festival offers selected entrepreneurs the chance to pitch to investors from the main stage. But what makes the perfect pitch? We asked company fo ...
  • An exciting new feature at the International Business Festival offers selected entrepreneurs the chance to pitch to investors from the main stage. But what makes the perfect pitch? We asked angel inve ...
  • International Business Festival ticketholders can earn the chance to take to our main stage to pitch for equity investment of £250,000 to £10m. An exciting new Festival strand - The Investor Pitch - w ...
  • IWD2018: CELEBRATING OUR WOMEN SPEAKERS

    08 March 2018 Andy McFarlane
    AS it's International Women's Day 2018, we're celebrating some of our trailblazing female speakers. Some highly influential figures in the fight for equality will appear on our Futures Stage in June.  ...
  • ‘THE CLOCK IS TICKING… THE WORLD WON’T WAIT FOR BRITAIN’

    08 March 2018 Carolyn Fairbairn, Confederation of British Industry
    On our opening day, Confederation of British Industry director-general Carolyn Fairbairn will respond to a senior cabinet minister's view of post-Brexit Britain. In this comment for Festival publicati ...
  • FEATURED EXHIBITOR: ROAMINGEXPERT

    27 February 2018 Laureece Nuttall, Festival Intern
    For three weeks in June this year, the best of business will be represented on the festival floor as companies, organisations and regions will exhibit their brand to an estimated crowd of up to 27,000 ...
  • FEATURED HOSTED EVENTS: MAJOR EVENTS SUMMIT

    24 January 2018 Laureece Nuttall, Festival Intern
    Taking place within the Festival’s hosted events space, Major Events International (MEI) is running an internationally recognised business of sports summit with senior decision makers from current and ...
  • MAJOR EVENTS: GOING FOR GOLD

    21 December 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    Australia didn't just top the medal table at this year's Commonwealth Games on its Gold Coast. The 11-day spectacular attracted more than 523,000 spectators and had a built-in legacy programme aimed a ...
  • FLY TO BUY GRANT SCHEME

    20 December 2017
    We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Fly to Buy Grant Scheme is now open. The programme aims to support overseas buyers and investors to attend next year’s event by offering a select number of eli ...
  • Schlepping around an exhibition centre, with brochures, handouts and leaflets galore, is so last year. Easy access to all the information that a global event like ours offers is a must. It’s part of t ...
  • Let HSBC help you make sense of the Autumn Budget. Free Live webcast. Monday 27th November 2.00-2.30pm. Save the date here. 
  • STRESS TAKES A HOLIDAY

    08 November 2017 Ian Hughes
    Yoga, meditation, power-naps. Advice on how to cope with workplace stress isn't always practical. Here are ten essential tips that are totally transferable, to almost any job...
  • FEATURED HOSTED EVENTS: FUTURE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR UK TOURISM

    16 October 2017 Laureece Nuttall, Festival Intern
    From relaxing beach retreats to busy city breaks, we can't get enough of holidays. That's why travel and tourism is one of the world's fastest-expanding sectors, with the World Travel & Tourism Counci ...
  • FESTIVAL VOICE: DESIGN TO MAKE PEOPLE LINGER

    10 October 2017 Wayne Hemingway, for the Business Tribune
    Working on the design for the International Business Festival has been fun. And I hope that shines through when people experience the Festival floor in June, because fun is something we were determine ...
  • CULTURE: WHAT DID IT EVER DO FOR CITIES?

    01 October 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    Over two decades, the UK has developed expertise in hosting one-off events linked to long-term legacy plans. The original success story was Glasgow, which emerged from its year as European City of Cul ...
  • PRINCE WILLIAM IS OUR PATRON!

    29 September 2017 Ian Hughes
    EXCITING NEWS! HRH, The Duke of Cambridge is the newly announced patron of the 2018 International Business Festival and will be personally attending our event!
  • THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE ANNOUNCES PATRONAGE

    28 September 2017 Matt Hull
    London, UK: His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has announced that he will be the patron of the 2018 International Business Festival at an event held yesterday evening at Lancaster House. The Fes ...
  • NEW TRIBUNE - A CHAMPION FOR BUSINESS

    21 September 2017 Ian Hughes
    We love new media. Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat. It's all good. In an age clearly defined as digital, pretty pictures and punchy words perform well across all platforms. But when you're marketing an ...
  • HOW AND WHY WE REBRANDED OUR FESTIVAL

    15 September 2017 Nathan Alemany, Head of Marketing, 2018 International Business Festival
    Getting rebranding right can result in reaching new demographics and reinvigorating the perception of your company. Getting it wrong can mean losing brand recognition, alienating your customer base an ...
  • NORTHERN POWERS UNITE

    13 September 2017
    It doesn't matter what business you're in, if you live and work in the North of England, the success of our nation's Northern Powerhouse ambition is likely to be of great importance to you. The reposi ...
  • IN PURSUIT OF PARTNERSHIPS

    13 September 2017
    The race is on. Our International Business Festival attracts 25,000 delegates from all over the world. One thing unites them all - They're ambitious - and this makes them a very attractive audience to ...
  • MANUFACTURING'S 'MOMENT OF TRUTH'

    10 September 2017 Nick Peters, The Manufacturer
    Manufacturing in the UK is enjoying good times but, as Nick Peters reports, pressures from within and without threaten its prosperity. One afternoon in early September, I picked up an SUV from the car ...
  • Here's the harsh truth. If you're not on top of all things e-commerce, you're falling behind, losing sales and waving goodbye to customers, who'll flock to more digitally savvy competitors, without sp ...
  • 2030: A SPACE INDUSTRY

    25 August 2017 Alan Cross, Northern Space Consortium
    The UK might not immediately spring to mind as a heartland of space technology. But Northern Space Consortium chairman Alan Cross envisages Britain occupying a glorious place in the cosmos THINK back… ...
  • MIND THE GAP

    04 August 2017 Fiona Shaw, Business Tribune
    LAST YEAR, just 9% of the investment that poured into British start-ups supported companies with a female founder, according to data from Barclays and the Entrepreneurs Network, reported this March in ...
  • BUSINESS GROWTH: FIVE TIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

    31 July 2017 From the Business Tribune
    Our Knowledge Hub offers practical sessions aimed at helping you develop your leadership and skills. Amanda Murphy, of Festival sponsor HSBC UK, sets out five ways to improve your business’s growth po ...
  • Monday 31 July, Liverpool – This week sees the launch of The Business Tribune, a brand new free newspaper and web platform which aims to be a voice for British business. Available online and in print ...
  • ELON MUSK: MAN ON A MISSION

    27 July 2017 Ian Hughes
    Astounding wealth, endless success, international fame, we're sure they're all important to the 80th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $14 billion. But Elon Musk isn't consumed with wealth ...
  • They light fires in the hearts of men and possess more power than even the heaviest artillery. But if you don't understand, or you misunderstand them, they can be dangerous. As globalisation grows, bu ...
  • FUTURE CITIES: SMART AND (UN)SEXY TECH

    23 July 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    We've heard plenty about driverless cars but tech and data are gradually transforming our cities in many less flashy but nevertheless fascinating ways. Hundreds of local government buyers packed a rec ...
  • LET'S MAKE HANDSHAKES GREAT AGAIN

    19 July 2017 Ian Hughes
    Left? Right? Firm? Loose? Before? After? Both? Admit it, handshakes can be pure HELL. Yes, they might seem like inconsequential pleasantries between polite business men and women. Simple off-the-cuff ...
  • THE ROBOT WILL SEE YOU NOW

    23 June 2017 Ian Hughes
    Skilled, scrubbed-up surgeons huddle around a patient in a brightly lit operating theatre. The chief physician makes the first incision, calmly explaining his every move to a captive audience of more ...
  • Global Logistics & Shipping: a sector profile

    23 June 2017 Sam Tulip for The Business Tribune
    Modern logistics is about so much more than stacking metal boxes onto ships. Sam Tulip, who has been watching industry trends over two decades editing trade publications, identifies the key areas of o ...
  • POWER WALKING

    26 May 2017 Ian Hughes
    Genius ideas are often simple and few things are as simple as taking a few steps. PaveGen is a UK technology company that harness the energy of footsteps to create electrical power. This innovation is ...
  • PREPARE FOR OFFICE ENVY

    26 May 2017 Ian Hughes
    We've worked in some dives. Dodgy plumbing, wobbly desks, crowded kitchens and crazy lifts are not exactly uncommon up and down the country. Now don't get us wrong, we have a lovely office. The view i ...
  • AN INTROVERT'S GUIDE TO NETWORKING

    17 May 2017 Ian Hughes
    Extroverts have it easy. Bounding around, joining the conversation with ease, getting to know people, making connections. They love networking. They live for it and being good at it is fantastic for b ...
  • YOUR NAN'S ON FACEBOOK

    15 May 2017 Ian Hughes
    Noticed a steady decline in gifted woolly-knitted jumpers over the years? That's because knitting doesn't get much of a look-in when you're Facebooking live, cyber-spying on ‘friends' and sharing dail ...
  • From local farmers to multinational corporations, no matter what business you're in, the key principle is always the same. Grow your market to increase sales and boost your bottom line. It couldn't be ...
  • WHAT WOULD DA VINCI SAY?

    28 April 2017 Ian Hughes
    Some of the world's oldest and most venerable cultural institutions are embracing new technology to bring internationally treasured curations to life. But far from sacrilege, these innovations are mak ...
  • WELCOME TO EARTH

    24 April 2017 Ian Hughes
    Google Earth has gotten a whole lot more incredible since you last Googled your old address or spied on that villa that looked so good in the brochure. The world is a remarkable place and now you can ...
  • YOU'VE GOT THREE WISHES…

    10 April 2017 Ian Hughes
    Business can be truly magical. It can transform people's lives, give life to wondrous new inventions and create unforgettable experiences. Don't think of the world of business as a stiff, boring hands ...
  • Last month we celebrated ‘International Women's Day'. The global event commemorated the struggle for women's rights, celebrates their achievements and highlights the ongoing inequality women still fac ...
  • MEET BILL GATES!!!

    10 April 2017 Ian Hughes
    Ok, look, we couldn't actually get Bill Gates. (Billionaire business magnates diaries are a bloody nightmare). Instead, we've been doing some research into the man who co-founded the world's largest P ...
  • Let us guess. You're on LinkedIn. You're reasonably happy with your photo. You've bigged yourself up a bit, but not too much and you've even accepted the odd LinkedIn request (whilst, you know, ignori ...
  • Fizzy, colourful, carbonated drinks get a bad rap, especially the high energy kind. But there's a massive global market for them, worth a cool $40bn. Wake Drinks are based in Chester. They make and se ...
  • Automation and its role in the workplace is expected to grow and grow, raising fundamental issues around employment, how businesses operate and the way in which we live our lives. Concerns around how, ...
  • We know, we know, it's a bold statement. But let's think about this. The materials we use to make things have always defined man's journey. The Stone Age, The Bronze Age, and the Iron Age are all prim ...
  • It's 2017 and things are looking good. Your business is going to do great this year, we can feel it. But there's something you need to know:  What's trending in business this year and how these things ...
  • DING-DONG! DELIVEROO HAVE ARRIVED

    07 April 2017 Ian Hughes
    Four years ago Deliveroo had two employees, both founders. The first, was a tech guy, into logistics, the other, a visionary, who doubled as the delivery man. Their mission was simple: Deliver hot foo ...
  • HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE BREXIT

    06 April 2017 Nathan Alemany, Head of Marketing, 2018 International Business Festival
    On the morning of June 24, 2016, Great Britain's business world was plunged into uncertainty. The people had spoken and Brexit Britain became a reality, sending shockwaves across global markets.   The ...
  • HAVE YOU SEEN MY HAIR GROWTH HELMET?

    06 April 2017 Ian Hughes
    You know your TV? The one you thought was flat-screen. The one you proudly show off when people come around? It's about to look like a bulky 1950s relic from quaint and simpler times. The Internationa ...
  • BUSINESS: WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

    30 March 2017 By Nathan Alemany, Head of Marketing, 2018 International Business Festival
    Metrics, spreadsheets, data and targets. The world of business can sometimes feel cold, analytical and oppressive. But not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted ...
  • £400M NORTHERN POWERHOUSE FUND FOR SMEs

    01 March 2017 Ian Hughes
    The British Business Bank officially launched its £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, to help small-medium sized businesses in the North. The North of the UK already contributes £350bn per year ...

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  • £3M deals. Lucrative new connections. A world of new business opportunity. Even during our event we we're hearing exciting stories of delegates securing new contracts through our Festival...
  • Where are we heading? What will it look like? What’s the future for my business, sector and profession? This year, our Festival seeks to answer the big questions, by discussing and debating the future ...
  • If you had any doubts that the International Business Festival was a truly global affair, a wander through the exhibition stands would soon put you straight. Hamburg, Shanghai, Antwerp, Ras al Khaimah ...
  • As the global tourism industry continues to expand and become more complex, it is vital that those in the industry are equipped with a current, thorough knowledge of the most vital topics involved. Th ...
  • The Duke of Cambridge praised companies he met at the International Business Festival, saying those demonstrating on the UK Innovation Hub "exemplify the creativity and inventiveness of British firms" ...
  • It's the place where key contacts are made, products are showcased and inward investment agencies tempt companies into new horizons. The International Marketplace has welcomed dozens of exhibitors fro ...
  • There was music, colour and leading lights on stage - but not a Wellington boot in sight, as the International Business Festival got under way in Liverpool. Styling itself as ‘The Glastonbury for Busi ...
  • There will be a huge focus on UK-China trade at the International Business Festival, with up to 200 Chinese delegates converging on Liverpool for the three-week event. Delegations from areas including ...
  • THE POWER OF NETWORKING

    02 May 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    There is little doubting the power of networking. We caught up with one tech entrepreneur whose connections have taken his smart city business around the world. From learning to program in his teens, ...
  • ENERGY INNOVATION: AFRICA'S RENEWABLES OPPORTUNITIES

    25 April 2018 Contributed by DWF Law
    Exciting innovations are transforming the global energy sector. But will Africa bypass traditional energy infrastructure and head straight for off-grid renewables? Many commentators have described mod ...
  • EXPORT EXPERTISE: OVERSEAS AGENTS AND DISTRIBUTORS

    18 April 2018 From the Business Tribune
    You’ve done your research and picked your export market. But could a partner help you gain a foothold? The Institute of Export & International Trade sets out some options. Establishing an internationa ...
  • TRADING ACROSS BORDERS: A CHANGING WORLD

    17 April 2018 Contributed by DWF Law
    When considering international expansion, businesses must overcome many obstacles. But different regions pose different challenges. So what should you bear in mind? Brexit in the UK and economic tensi ...
  • ‘THE CLOCK IS TICKING… THE WORLD WON’T WAIT FOR BRITAIN’

    08 March 2018 Carolyn Fairbairn, Confederation of British Industry
    On our opening day, Confederation of British Industry director-general Carolyn Fairbairn will respond to a senior cabinet minister's view of post-Brexit Britain. In this comment for Festival publicati ...
  • DOING BUSINESS IN INDIA: OPPORTUNITIES

    05 March 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    India's economy is growing fast, on course to overtake Britain's within years and predicted to be second only to China by 2050. Is your company missing out on its potential? SINCE the Brexit vote prom ...
  • FEATURED HOSTED EVENTS: MAJOR EVENTS SUMMIT

    24 January 2018 Laureece Nuttall, Festival Intern
    Taking place within the Festival’s hosted events space, Major Events International (MEI) is running an internationally recognised business of sports summit with senior decision makers from current and ...
  • FLY TO BUY GRANT SCHEME

    20 December 2017
    We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Fly to Buy Grant Scheme is now open. The programme aims to support overseas buyers and investors to attend next year’s event by offering a select number of eli ...
  • Let HSBC help you make sense of the Autumn Budget. Free Live webcast. Monday 27th November 2.00-2.30pm. Save the date here. 
  • BUSINESS CULTURE IN INDIA: ETIQUETTE ADVICE

    02 November 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    A YOUNG population, expanding middle class and strong economic performance make India an attractive proposition but it is "critical" to understand its cultural nuances, according to HSBC. It will come ...
  • FEATURED HOSTED EVENTS: FUTURE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR UK TOURISM

    16 October 2017 Laureece Nuttall, Festival Intern
    From relaxing beach retreats to busy city breaks, we can't get enough of holidays. That's why travel and tourism is one of the world's fastest-expanding sectors, with the World Travel & Tourism Counci ...
  • US BUSINESS CULTURE: BEWARE SUBTLE DIFFERENCES

    12 August 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    Given our shared language and familiarity with American TV, film and music, you’d be forgiven for thinking business trips across the pond would go smoothly enough. According to the World Bank, the US ...
  • MIND THE GAP

    04 August 2017 Fiona Shaw, Business Tribune
    LAST YEAR, just 9% of the investment that poured into British start-ups supported companies with a female founder, according to data from Barclays and the Entrepreneurs Network, reported this March in ...
  • They light fires in the hearts of men and possess more power than even the heaviest artillery. But if you don't understand, or you misunderstand them, they can be dangerous. As globalisation grows, bu ...
  • SHANGHAI: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND PITFALLS

    22 July 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    UK exports to China grew fourfold to £16.7bn in the decade to 2014, driven largely by sales of machinery, vehicles and raw materials. Many passed through Shanghai, but with the market rapidly changing ...
  • HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE BREXIT

    06 April 2017 Nathan Alemany, Head of Marketing, 2018 International Business Festival
    On the morning of June 24, 2016, Great Britain's business world was plunged into uncertainty. The people had spoken and Brexit Britain became a reality, sending shockwaves across global markets.   The ...

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  • £3M deals. Lucrative new connections. A world of new business opportunity. Even during our event we we're hearing exciting stories of delegates securing new contracts through our Festival...
  • So, the International Business Festival: Leading industry speakers, top politicians, delegates from all over the world... but what did it ever do for Liverpool? Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. Thr ...
  • FIVE SIMPLE HR STEPS TO A BETTER BUSINESS

    25 June 2018 Ben Willmott, head of public policy, CIPD
    A practical session at the International Business Festival will explore the benefits of good HR practice to your workforce - and the potential knock-on effects for your business. One of the challenges ...
  • As the global tourism industry continues to expand and become more complex, it is vital that those in the industry are equipped with a current, thorough knowledge of the most vital topics involved. Th ...
  • They've got the hair, the clothes and the ideas... and these students also had the guts to face up to a Dragons' Den-style panel with a business idea formed in a matter of hours. Welcome to #NextGenFe ...
  • "A manufacturing panel and look at our gender make-up." Rosa Wilkinson, of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, made the observation during a panel debate on The Future of Making Things on Day Five ...
  • The UK's flagging productivity rates have come under the spotlight at the International Business Festival, where Small Business Minister Andrew Griffiths challenged SMEs to "work smarter". The issue b ...
  • While our Futures Stage speeches have been grabbing the headlines during the International Business Festival’s opening week, its less flashy cousin – the Knowledge Hub – has been quietly making things ...
  • There was music, colour and leading lights on stage - but not a Wellington boot in sight, as the International Business Festival got under way in Liverpool. Styling itself as ‘The Glastonbury for Busi ...
  • CREATIVE BUSINESSES NEED HELP GETTING GOOD FINANCE

    04 June 2018 Charlotte Chung, Creative Industries Federation
    The UK’s creative industries are an economic powerhouse. It is the fastest growing sector in the last decade and, in 2016, contributed £91.8bn to the economy – this is more than the automotive, life s ...
  • Evidence is growing that encouraging ethnic and cultural diversity in the workplace can yield financial results. But are enough businesses taking it seriously? At the turn of the year, a McKinsey repo ...
  • Productivity - a measure of output per unit of input - is something that politicians and economists tend to get worked up about. But as Cumbria Crystal MD Chris Blade writes, focusing on productivity ...
  • THE POWER OF NETWORKING

    02 May 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    There is little doubting the power of networking. We caught up with one tech entrepreneur whose connections have taken his smart city business around the world. From learning to program in his teens, ...
  • RAISING A GLASS TO NEW EXPORTERS

    24 April 2018 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    THE value and volume of British exports has been rising fairly steadily for a couple of years, with sales boosted by Sterling’s post-Brexit slump and an improved global economic outlook. Existing expo ...
  • EXPORT EXPERTISE: OVERSEAS AGENTS AND DISTRIBUTORS

    18 April 2018 From the Business Tribune
    You’ve done your research and picked your export market. But could a partner help you gain a foothold? The Institute of Export & International Trade sets out some options. Establishing an internationa ...
  • Our Festival is all about helping businesses to grow. With the support of our expert partners, we're bringing you a series of easy-to-digest mini guides. They're packed with practical advice on Access ...
  • Our Festival is all about helping businesses to grow. With the support of our expert partners, we're bringing you a series of easy-to-digest mini guides. They're packed with practical advice on Access ...
  • An exciting new feature at the International Business Festival offers selected entrepreneurs the chance to pitch to investors from the main stage. But what makes the perfect pitch? We asked company fo ...
  • An exciting new feature at the International Business Festival offers selected entrepreneurs the chance to pitch to investors from the main stage. But what makes the perfect pitch? We asked angel inve ...
  • International Business Festival ticketholders can earn the chance to take to our main stage to pitch for equity investment of £250,000 to £10m. An exciting new Festival strand - The Investor Pitch - w ...
  • FEATURED EXHIBITOR: ROAMINGEXPERT

    27 February 2018 Laureece Nuttall, Festival Intern
    For three weeks in June this year, the best of business will be represented on the festival floor as companies, organisations and regions will exhibit their brand to an estimated crowd of up to 27,000 ...
  • MAJOR EVENTS: GOING FOR GOLD

    21 December 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    Australia didn't just top the medal table at this year's Commonwealth Games on its Gold Coast. The 11-day spectacular attracted more than 523,000 spectators and had a built-in legacy programme aimed a ...
  • CULTURE: WHAT DID IT EVER DO FOR CITIES?

    01 October 2017 Andy McFarlane, The Business Tribune
    Over two decades, the UK has developed expertise in hosting one-off events linked to long-term legacy plans. The original success story was Glasgow, which emerged from its year as European City of Cul ...
  • MANUFACTURING'S 'MOMENT OF TRUTH'

    10 September 2017 Nick Peters, The Manufacturer
    Manufacturing in the UK is enjoying good times but, as Nick Peters reports, pressures from within and without threaten its prosperity. One afternoon in early September, I picked up an SUV from the car ...
  • Here's the harsh truth. If you're not on top of all things e-commerce, you're falling behind, losing sales and waving goodbye to customers, who'll flock to more digitally savvy competitors, without sp ...
  • BUSINESS GROWTH: FIVE TIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

    31 July 2017 From the Business Tribune
    Our Knowledge Hub offers practical sessions aimed at helping you develop your leadership and skills. Amanda Murphy, of Festival sponsor HSBC UK, sets out five ways to improve your business’s growth po ...
  • The world's biggest international business festival hosted in Liverpool has boosted UK trade and investment by £600m, according to new research. The economic windfall has been provided thanks to the b ...
  • Global Logistics & Shipping: a sector profile

    23 June 2017 Sam Tulip for The Business Tribune
    Modern logistics is about so much more than stacking metal boxes onto ships. Sam Tulip, who has been watching industry trends over two decades editing trade publications, identifies the key areas of o ...
  • Let us guess. You're on LinkedIn. You're reasonably happy with your photo. You've bigged yourself up a bit, but not too much and you've even accepted the odd LinkedIn request (whilst, you know, ignori ...
  • DING-DONG! DELIVEROO HAVE ARRIVED

    07 April 2017 Ian Hughes
    Four years ago Deliveroo had two employees, both founders. The first, was a tech guy, into logistics, the other, a visionary, who doubled as the delivery man. Their mission was simple: Deliver hot foo ...