International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

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MANUFACTURING HERO

International Manufacturing Day

20 JUNE 2018

The world is currently in the grip of a fourth industrial revolution, fusing digital technology with physical production to bring us machines that replace even skilled professions. Technological advances like A.I, automation and 3D Printing are changing the workforce of tomorrow and making things better, faster and smarter. 

What are the opportunities being brought about by disruption in manufacturing? Who are the new makers? And what can we do now to ensure our workforces have the right skills?

The 2018 International Business Festival’s Manufacturing Day focussed on how business can be ‘future-proofed’ in a disruptive trading environment.

The event examined how to secure stability and opportunity in a changing world and showcased international market opportunities. Delegates met with future partners, buyers and investors and worked to develop profitable, meaningful relationships.

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20 June 2018
    • Futures Stage

    What does the factory of the future look like? For today’s manufacturers, the answer is: increasingly connected. Manufacturers need to constantly innovate, stay relevant, and stay cost-effective. New technologies are disrupting ‘traditional’ manufacturing and this session will delve into the world of the new and the never before considered possible. The proliferation in tech is in our everyday lives, so what do you need to do to keep up with the pace of progress?

    Delivered by Insider Media

    Speakers
    Alan Yee
    Engineering Director
    Contechs
    Anders Hakfelt
    VP Product & Marketing
    Ultrahaptics
    Marcus Thornley
    Chief Executive,
    Play
    Mark Woods
    Co-founder & Chief Technical Officer
    Amplyfi
    • Futures Stage
    BBC Business Editor Simon Jack has been entrenched in the world of business journalism for more than 15 years, reporting for BBC News, BBC Breakfast, The Today Programme, Radio 5 Live and Panorama. Industrious, observant and analytical, Jack will ensure the event takes an investigative look at manufacturing today.
    Speakers
    Simon Jack
    Business Editor
    BBC
    • Futures Stage

    The Bronze Age, the Iron Age – The way man has made things has always defined our journey and charted the progress of our species, taking us to extraordinary places and giving birth to the industry itself. So, what’s next?

    Manufacturing powers innovation, creating demand and demanding change. It’s an industry that’s always in motion, driving us forward and helping us to become ever more productive.  What can the world’s foremost manufacturers tell us about the latest technologies and advances in their sector? Should engineers be considered the true rock stars of today? How are these changing the way we do business and what can we learn from these innovations?

    The way we make things in the future will challenge conventional thinking, and provide incredible insight into where the manufacturing industry is heading next. In short, this session is not to be missed. 

    Speakers
    Dr Suzanne Jennions
    Projects Manager
    Try & Lilly
    Rosa Wilkinson
    Director Of Communications
    High Value Manufacturing Catapult
    Simon Keogh
    Business Manager
    Siemens UK
    Zoë Webster
    Deputy Director
    Strategy at Innovate UK
    • Futures Stage

    Every nation has a manufacturing policy, including Britain. But is Britain’s really designed for optimum global competitiveness, or is it in need of a bold new approach?

    This session will examine India’s emerging manufacturing industry, consider if it could one day catch-up with China and reveal what Britain and other nations could learn from the country’s unique approach to producing goods, for greater returns. 

    Speakers
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL
    Founder and Chairman
    Cobra Beer
    • Futures Stage
    Dr Hayaatun Sillem says that engineering is the way scientific discovery is translated in tangible benefits for society. So why is something so crucial not getting the recruits it needs? The new Chief Executive at the Royal Academy of Engineering, talks to us about gender, inclusion and the image of manufacturing as wealth creator.    
    Speakers
    Dr Hayaatun Sillem FIET
    Chief Executive
    Royal Academy of Engineering
    • Futures Stage

    Space has been an area where scientific research and innovation has thrived. Today, it is an increasingly attractive area for manufacturing thanks in part to the continuous power offered by the sun. Manufacturing in space is seen as a highly effective way to create products that are either difficult or impossible to create on Earth that can be created more efficiency and accurately in space, due to the unique properties of microgravity.

    With a healthy pipeline of space expertise and experience being nurtured here in the UK – principally within the UK Space Agency incubator hubs – now is the perfect time to add a session to discuss the true potential for manufacturing in space.

    Delivered by Insider Media, this session will explore where the UK sits in the global space community, and what type of industry sectors will benefit by being first to manufacture in space. It will also showcase what has already been achieved, using robotics and other innovations. In addition it will examine ways in which the UK can, in future space missions, develop and test methods based on new technologies, such as additive manufacturing, that could potentially make use of resources available in space.

    Speakers
    Dr Rain Irshad
    Autonomous Systems Group Leader
    RAL Space
    Joe Gannicliffe,
    Head of Photonics,
    Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
    Tolga Ors
    Innovation and Partnership Manager
    FAIR-Space Hub
    Tony Holt
    Director and CTO
    In-Space Missions
    • 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.

    UKBAA

    • Futures Stage

    In a working week, the average German worker could go home early Thursday afternoon, and still have produced as much as it takes the average Brit a full week to get through. What is the root of our productivity problem? How can we fix it?

    The Productivity Leaders Group is a new business-led organisation, backed by companies such as BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline and the John Lewis Partnership. Their innovative ‘Be The Business’ initiative aims to tackle the problem, by inspiring UK businesses to become more productive.

    Here ‘Be The Business’ will share their surprising findings to help your business yield greater returns on your human resources. Ever wanted to get more out of your workforce without cracking the whip? This is the event for you. 

    Speakers
    Tony Danker
    Chief Executive
    Be the Business
    • Futures Stage

    Let’s face it. Most of us work because we need the money. But what would happen if money came to us free, with no obligation?

    One year ago, Finland launched a fascinating project that has gripped the world. A selection of 2000 unemployed citizens were given a free monthly sum of €560 (£475) for two years, with no obligation to seek or accept unemployment.

    This Universal Basic Income (UBI) trial presents startling questions. Did Finland experience a fall in poverty? A convergence of both left and right political policies? An impact on the impending rise of automation and the resulting loss of jobs?

    Leading social and behavioural sciences specialist, Markus Kanerva, is one of the  architects of Finland’s revolutionary UBI trial. Here he will outline the far-reaching implications of free money for all.

    Speakers
    Markus Kanerva
    Founder and Managing Director
    Tänk
    • Futures Stage

    Zero hour contracts, fat cat pay-offs, dodgy deals, corruption and unscrupulous insider-trading. The world of business gets a bad rep, on an almost daily basis. Let’s change that, shall we?

    Blueprint Trust is an innovative independent charity, that works as a catalyst for change, challenging business to help society - not just shareholders.

    With advisory council members from multi-national companies, like BT and Unilever, the trust is showing major corporations and SME’s alike the power - and potential for profit – when a company works to do the right thing.

    Platitudes, statements of support and well wishes no longer cut it, in a world where actions matter. This positive session will show you why giving back, operating ethically and embracing true corporate & social responsibility is good for everyone – and great for business.

    Restore your faith in the world of business and attend this enlightening and inspirational event.

    Speakers
    Charles Wookey
    CEO
    Blueprint for Better Business
    Vicky Grinnell-Wright
    Head of Corporate Engagement
    Blueprint for Better Business
20 June 2018
    • Knowledge Hub
    The way we move is being radically changed.  This session will look at tomorrow’s journey: our panel of expert speakers will look at how cars, trams, trains and planes will function over the next decade. What are the technologies – battery, autonomy, digital and satellite communications – that will revolutionise the way we move people and goods in 2028?
    Speakers
    Kevin Pugh
    Development for E MOBILITY
    Martin Owen
    Commercial Finance Director
    National College for high speed rail
    Parham Vasaiely
    Senior Manager
    Jaguar Land Rover
    Stratis Kanarachos
    Academic Director
    Centre for Connected Autonomous Automotive Research
    • Knowledge Hub

    A showcase of what VNF offers in terms of textile industry (production and innovation) and how this contributes to making VNF the third export city in Portugal.

    Speakers
    Councillor Augusto Lima
    Vila Nova de Famalicão
    • 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.

    Hear from HSBC UK's Head of China Desk about the 'China slow-down', what it means from the Chinese perspective and how it impacts the global economy; Made-in-China 2025 and the 13th 5-year Plan, and; golden opportunities for UK businesses in China, building on the complementarities between the two countries.

    Speakers
    Adam Tian
    Head of China Desk
    HSBC UK Commercial Banking
    • Knowledge Hub

    Brought to you by DWF, this session will look at a checklist of legal requirements you may consider when trading in the UK and will also focus on requirements for trading internationally from the UK.

    Speakers
    Ben Cooke
    Senior Associate
    DWF
    Paul Attwood
    Partner
    DWF
    • Knowledge Hub

    Since 1864, Try and Lilly has been manufacturing specialist headware, selling uniform caps to emergency services and armed forces across all four continents. Here they’ll reveal the secrets behind their long-term export success and outline how they combat global challenges. 

    Speakers
    Emma Graham
    Business Development & Marketing Director
    Try & Lilly
    • 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
    Gain insights on some of the most promising clean energy sources, and the engineering and technology needs that they will generate. What innovations are emerging from collaboration between industry sectors, and with academia? How can the energy supply chain adapt to disruptive new generation techniques? And how can clean sources provide the constant, secure power supply that industry and consumers require?
    Speakers
    Dr Mark J Gronnow
    Process Development Unit Manager
    Biorenewables Development Centre
    Mike Unsworth
    Director Of Engineering And Construction
    Tidal Lagoon Power
    Peter Clusky
    Senior Supply Chain Development Manage
    Ørsted
    • 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

    What really motivates a workforce and how can this aid in recruitment and retention? Here, leading charity, Blueprint for Business will highlight the value of having a social purpose and developing a collective venture management approach. Let Blueprint reveal the strong business case for acting as a true force for good. 

    Speakers
    Charles Wookey
    CEO
    Blueprint for Better Business
    Vicky Grinnell-Wright
    Head of Corporate Engagement
    Blueprint for Better Business
    • Knowledge Hub

    This practical session is designed to help businesses grow, through exporting through two strands of activity.  Hear real-life exporting case studies, from successful businesses, with a focus on increasing sales, growth and stability and access critical guidance and support from the Department for International Trade.

    • 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. 

20 June 2018
    • UK Innovation Hub

    Genius ideas breed greater ingenuity. That’s why our UK innovation Hub forms an essential component of the diverse 2018 International Business Festival offer.

    Developed in partnership with Her Majesty’s Government, the UK Innovation Hub represents the most remarkable advancements taking place in British business today.

    At the UK Innovation Hub you can expect to engage with more than 35 leading British businesses throughout the Festival and discover how they are using AI, big data, clean growth, future mobility, and the needs of an ageing society to revolutionise business and rise to global challenges.

    With input from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial StrategyInnovate UK, the Department for International Trade and the GREAT Britain campaign, there is no better place for businesses to see and experience the very latest British ingenuity.

    Delegates will:

    UK Innovation Hub

    Without innovation business stagnates, slows down and fails to ignite the passion that powers every industry. Visit the UK Innovation Hub, absorb the free-flowing inspiration on offer and use this information to become a leading innovator in your sector.

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20 June 2018
    • Hosted Events
    HOSTED EVENTS NOTICE
    • Hosted Events
    Inspired by the highly successful FDEA Summer Network Forum, this new event will focus on the implications of Brexit for food and drink businesses.
    • Hosted Events
    This 2-day conference will focus on practical tools and techniques for improving manufacturing efficiency through education, innovation, leadership and collaboration.
    • Hosted Events
    Connect and network with leaders from all sectors, from across the North West region and beyond with this full day conference brought to you by the Institute of Directors.
    • Hosted Events

    Delivered by the UK India Business Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry, this event will focus on one of the fastest growing economies in the world hold with India-focused activities as part of the festival’s Manufacturing week.

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