International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

SPORT, CULTURE & TRAVEL HERO

International Sport, Culture & Travel Day

28 JUNE 2018

The transformational power of sport, culture and travel is simply unbeatable. Turning sleepy towns into cherished meccas, city names into globally recognised brands and indistinct places into one-of-kind, destinations of choice.

Sport, Culture and Travel Day at the 2018 International Business Festival will examine the remarkable ability of these industries to put place's on the map, exploring how they can turn around a place’s fortunes and shine a global spotlight, like no other sector can.

Lively sessions will investigate the impact of immersive technology on footfall, football as a placemaking attraction, the growing popularity of e-sports, how festivals can create a compelling USP and consider whether some overdeveloped places require a totally new approach.

We’ll explore how to find 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.

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28 June 2018
    • Futures Stage

    Jude Kelly CBE is the Artistic Director of Britain’s largest cultural institution, the Southbank Centre.

    She has directed more than 100 productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, to the Châtalet in Paris, founded the pioneering artist laboratory ‘Metal’ and led cultural successful cultural teams for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

    At home on the stage, Jude’s has garnered rapturous applause, rave reviews and royal seals of approval, throughout her distinguished career. With a clear talent for transforming places through impressive art and inspiring ideas, Jude is certain to inspire passionate, thought-provoking and spirited performance, throughout our final day. 

    Speakers
    Jude Kelly CBE
    Artistic Director
    Southbank Centre
    • Futures Stage

    Major sporting and cultural events can catapult their host city into the consciousness of millions of people all over the globe, redefining their brand, repositioning their place in the world and even giving them a whole new lease of life.

    Major events bring tourism, publicity and generate money, but might they also cost a city more in the long-run and leave only the memory of happier, more celebratory times.

    An international project can be a place breaker as much as it is a place maker. What can be done to help ensure major events work for everyone and leave a lasting legacy?

    Here, a diverse panel of international event stakeholders consider the impact of sporting and cultural events, heritage badges and grand projects to ask who are the real winners and losers and how can the right balance be achieved.

    Speakers
    Joanna Rowelle
    Director in Integrated City Planning
    Arup
    Professor Kathy Dacre
    Chair of The Development Board
    Shakespeare North
    Rosie Millard
    Chair
    Hull City of Culture
    • Futures Stage

    WOW Women of The World: Jude Kelly created the Women of the World Festival eight years ago. Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women and girls must have equal rights and asking the question: why is gender equality taking so long?

    Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival is now a global network of festivals which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.

    This ‘in conversation’ with our speaker, to be announced, looks at what’s happening in 2018, and asks is this the year of equal rights?

    Speakers
    Jude Kelly CBE
    Artistic Director
    Southbank Centre
    • Futures Stage

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

    • 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

    The beautiful game toys with the crowds. The cheers. The chants. The elation. The agony and sheer adoration. All these things make football a heart-stopping game of rise and fall.

    But what impact does winning or losing have on the host destination? How does a team’s success or failure affect the town or city, once the fans go home?

    Premiership football has wide ramifications outside of the game.  Here, our speaker will highlight how winning can do as much for the host city as it does for the team and play an instrumental part in economic regeneration and tourism attraction.

    For fans and non-fans alike, you’ll never see football the same way again.  

    Speakers
    Peter Moore
    Chief Executive
    Liverpool FC
    • Futures Stage
    If your virtual experience can be as good as the real thing then why bother leaving the house? We talk to some of the people who are using tech to give you a ringside seat from the comfort of your living room, and consider whether the experience would be lost without the real audience there too. We’ll also ask how mixed and augmented reality might enhance spectator participation.  
    Speakers
    Ben Smith
    Chief Executive Officer
    Laduma
    Eleanor Whitley
    Executive Producer
    Marshmallow Laser Feast
    Luke Ritchie
    Head of Innovation & Partnerships
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Futures Stage

    Women who are financially independent have greater control over their own lives, are better able to invest in their families, contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies. This is the view of Cherie Blair, world-renowned human rights barrister, Forbes top five ‘Most Powerful’ woman, and founder of an organisation supporting women in business. Cherie Blair will end the Festival -  in conversation, with our host Jude Kelly - by telling us about the work of her Foundation, empowering women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.  

    Speakers
    Cherie Blair CBE, QC
    Lawyer, campaigner for women's rights and founder of the
    Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
    Jude Kelly CBE
    Artistic Director
    Southbank Centre
28 June 2018
    • Knowledge Hub

    Discover how to maximise online sales with international e-commerce.

    • Knowledge Hub

    Re-examining eternal exporting questions such as; What makes a good distribution partner? What are the tax and regulatory pitfalls? Are cultural differences significant? The world of exporting constantly evolves. Get back to basics with this fundamental session.

    • Knowledge Hub

    Develop a smart strategy for gaining a strong market foothold in China through Shaanxi Province This session will break down the country’s vast and diverse markets and examine the best micro-economies for your business.

    • Knowledge Hub

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

    • Knowledge Hub
    ITC’s SheTrades initiative has invested in 400 female led tourism SMEs across Indonesia, Kenya and Sri Lanka, with truly amazing results. Hear their incredible story and believe in the force of empowering women to benefit the world of business. This session will showcase the challenges women-owned/-led SMEs in the tourism industry face, explore how they differ across countries depending on the size of the economy, culture, and other factors, and the technical assistance requirements based on the ...
    Speakers
    Juan Hoyos
    Adviser Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains
    International Trade Centre (ITC)
    • 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

    From May 25 2018, there are new EU rules in place, which control how organisations can use personal data – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will have implications for businesses in the UK, wider Europe and beyond.

    The rules will challenge how we think about personal data in both a personal and commercial context. How will the GDPR impact global trade? What are the challenges? 
    Can businesses balance privacy with global commercial interests?

    Speakers
    Ita Thomas
    Associate
    DWF
    • Knowledge Hub

    Increasing digitalisation can mean that busy creatives can stray ever further from real-life relationships with nature and people. This interactive seminar will explore why they should engage with the natural world more, and how it can be a source of inspiration, innovation, and personal well-being.  

    Speakers
    Dan Ryan
    Learning Curator
    Eden Project
    Tom Stevens
    Eden Project
    • 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. 
28 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

28 June 2018
    • Hosted Events

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    • Hosted Events
    This one-day conference for tourism industry professionals covers all aspects of today’s travel and tourism industry. It focusses on all the major industries within the sector, including hospitality, airlines, cruise, online agents and tour operators
    • Hosted Events
    SheTrades is the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) global initiative to connect one million women entrepreneurs to market by 2020. 
    • Hosted Events
    With the advent of online courts and an EU law requiring companies to signpost customers to Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), this conference brings together many of the leading experts to discuss the impact.
    • Hosted Events

    Bringing together hand-picked host organisations with most influential stakeholders from past, current and future games and key commercial suppliers, the Major Events Summit creates an exciting platform that includes two days of knowledge share and collaboration.

    • Hosted Events
    Like Minds Create unites leading designers and the people who commission them, with the CEO’s of Creative England and The Design Business Association, to really get to grips with the latest in design procurement and best practice.
*Please note, speakers and sessions may be subject to change

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