International Business Festival 2018


Global Economics Panel

Global Economics Day

12 JUNE 2018

The world’s economy is set to almost double in the next two decades. How will your business realise long-term sustainable growth? How will technology transform your business and industry? And what jobs will we all be doing?

With keynote speakers and panellists from business, academia and government, the 2018 International Business Festival’s first day will explore the impact of our rapidly changing global economy.

We’ll examine how to secure stability and opportunity in a changing world and showcase international market opportunities. You’ll meet with future partners, buyers and investors and develop profitable, meaningful relationships.

12 June 2018
    • Futures Stage
    Festival Chair Max Steinberg CBE is joined by HSBC UK's Head of Business Banking, David Beaty.  
    David Beaty
    Head of Business Banking
    Max Steinberg CBE FRSA
    International Business Festival
    • Futures Stage

    A senior UK Government Cabinet Minister will open the Festival and address the latest state of play in Brexit negotiations and global opportunities for businesses.

    • Futures Stage

    Our day host, BBC's Tanya Beckett introduces the day and Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, Carolyn Fairbairn who will respond to the Minister’s address and highlight the challenges facing UK business in 2018 and beyond.

    Carolyn Fairbairn
    • Futures Stage

    HSBC’s Chief European Economist, Simon Wells will share the latest data on global economic forecasts and trends with a detailed analysis and his own take on markets, trends as well as current and future opportunities for business growth.

    Simon Wells
    Chief European Economist
    • Futures Stage

    Sun Dali, the Chinese Consul General in Manchester, joins Shanghai Vice Mayor Xu Kunlin to launch the Amazing Shanghai campaign, along with representatives of the historic trading port’s twin city of Liverpool. The campaign will showcase the advantages of doing business through Shanghai, and highlight the 2018 International Import Expo taking place in the city in November. Throughout the Festival, an Amazing Shanghai exhibition in the Festival’s International Marketplace will transport visitors thousands of miles to the city’s streets through the use of augmented reality.

    • Futures Stage

    An extraordinary business showcase event. Eight high-calibre businesses, seek transformative scale-up investment, by pitching innovative new business ideas to a distinguished but discerning panel of top reps, from UK Business Angels Association. Tense, thrilling but potentially totally rewarding.


    • Futures Stage

    Seismic change gives rise to new industries and eliminates outmoded organisations and markets.  

    Hosted by BBC's Tanya Beckett, here our panel examines how we are living in the most exciting (and frightening) times since the first Renaissance, and how savvy businesses can embrace the changes that are coming their way.

    *More panelists to be announced soon 

    Chris Kutarna
    Author: Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of our Second Renaissance
    Dr Ian Campbell
    Interim Executive Chair Designate
    Innovate UK
    Tanya Beckett
    Business presenter
    BBC World News
    • Futures Stage

    Brace yourself. The world of work is set for fundamental change. Leading global business analysts predict that:

    - Nearly half of today’s jobs will be gone in under a decade (Oxford University)

    - 70% of business leaders will need a new or different talent base to remain competitive in the future (PWC / World Economic Forum)

    - The number of people over 65 will increase by 42% in 20 years, compared to just a 2% increase in people aged between 16 and 64 (Age UK)

    - Freelance and gig economy work will soon rival permanent jobs (Deloitte / MIT)

    Our day host, BBC's Tanya Beckett, introduces today’s keynote speaker. Anthony Behan. Anthony is an Industry Leader within IBM’s Watson IoT Division and advisor to the European Commission.

    Anthony’s vital address will present a compelling argument on the politics of technology, outlining how machines have been historically replacing our jobs for years and why it’s essential that we get over our A.I fears and prejudices, if we want the technology to really help mankind to flourish.

    This forward-thinking and frank session will examine how can businesses act now to safeguard a prosperous future, secure tomorrow’s talent today and help combat the desolation of generations of jobs by spearheading initiatives to ensure business growth is sustainable.

    Anthony Behan
    Industry Leader, Watson IoT Division
12 June 2018
    • Knowledge Hub
    Discover how to win and fulfill international contracts through DIT’s Export Finance team’s support.
    • Knowledge Hub

    China is a vast collection of cities and provinces at different stages of development – from the buzzing urban centre of the Pearl River Delta to the third- and fourth-tier cities promoting their own specialities.

    In each of these micro-economies, different sectors may be rising or waning at any time. How can businesses best sift this complex picture to establish their best starting-point for capturing a segment of this market?

    • Knowledge Hub

    Better understand the angel investments ecosystem. See your business from an angel investor’s standpoint and use this knowledge to attract and secure investment.

    Roderick Beer
    Strategic Relations Director
    UK Business Angels Association
    • Knowledge Hub

    Qingdao is a port city of in China’s eastern Shandong province that has established three development zones; a high tech industrial zone, free trade zone, and economic technical zone.

    Discover more about the considerable Quingdao opportunity and how it can help your business expand in China.

    • Knowledge Hub

    Economics is in a state of flux. Changes to the study of the discipline and the way its applied promises to transform the policy and business landscape. Stay ahead of the curve, and join this session to understand what opportunities and challenges new Economics will bring to your organisation.

    Tej Parikh
    Senior Economist
    Institute of Directors
    • Knowledge Hub

    Innovate UK will outline new approaches to financing innovation, including innovation loans and the investment accelerator.

    • Knowledge Hub

    Take a break, grab some lunch, plug and connect with the office and enjoy some networking meetings in our Global Connections Lounge.  

    • Knowledge Hub

    In collaboration with Shanghai’s district governments, INVEST SHANGHAI, a municipality level professional international investment promotion agency, this session will explore the strategic positioning, unrivaled strengths, key industrial resources and huge business opportunities of Shanghai and its districts.

    • Knowledge Hub

    This series of compelling sessions will reveal the latest trading opportunities from key international market delegations. Take your business to shores anew and secure sustainable growth. 

    • Knowledge Hub
    Hear from a business destination overseas about trading opportunities in their markets, and about support your business may be able to access
12 June 2018
    • UK Innovation Hub

    UK Innovation HubWe are at one of the most important, exciting and challenging times in the history of global enterprise.

    Powered by new technologies, the way we live our lives as workers, citizens and consumers is being transformed across the world.

    There are developments in technology that are set to transform industries and societies around the world, and the UK is at the forefront of this global technological revolution. 

    Learn about the government’s long-term plan to build a UK fit for the future - the Industrial Strategy. Join us at the UK Innovation Hub to explore UK-based innovations that will shape the future global economy in:

    • artificial intelligence and big data
    • clean growth
    • the future of mobility
    • and meeting the needs of an ageing society


    Hear and network with some of the UK’s most innovative business leaders, exporters and investors, and find out more on what government support is available to UK- based organisations, innovators, exporters and foreign investors into the UK to help your business grow. Plus, how Her Majesty’s Government will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.


    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

12 June 2018
    • Hosted Events


    • Hosted Events
    The World Forum for FDI 2018 is the premier global event for any business involved in international investment or expansion. 
    • Hosted Events
    FinTech North is an events-based initiative which aims to encourage collaboration and generate economic benefit across the Northern Powerhouse. 
    • Hosted Events
    This one-day conference, organised by the Council of British Chambers of Commerce (COBCOE) in partnership with HSBC, is for businesses that want to plan for a prosperous future
    • Hosted Events
    Scale Up Britain examines the importance of ‘scale up’ businesses to the British economy. 
    • Hosted Events
    This half-day event will consider the barriers and potential of overseas markets for small businesses, and the role of exports in driving innovation and creating jobs, growth and investment.


*Please note, speakers and sessions may be subject to change

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