International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY HERO

International Sustainable Energy Day

14 JUNE 2018

The amount of energy obtained from renewable sources is on track to surpass fossil fuels by 2040.  What are the opportunities for your business in a world beyond oil and gas?

Is the sustainability agenda still too embedded in ‘less’:  zero waste, zero carbon, and waste minimisation? The 2018 International Business Festival’s Sustainable Energy Day, will look at the new technologies that will power the clean energy economy and will ask how else we can replace ‘less’ for ‘better’.

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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14 June 2018
    • Futures Stage

    One of Britain’s most charismatic speakers on the business of sustainability, Mark Shayler, kicks off our third day, outlining the broad themes and arguments, up for lively debate and thought-provoking analysis.

    Speakers
    Mark Shayler
    Founder of Ape & Founding Partner of Do Lectures
    Design Council
    • Futures Stage

    The River Mersey has historically been the source of Liverpool City Region’s lifeblood, turning a small fishing port into a global centre for trade and commerce, from which the British Empire was built.

    Here, Steve Rotheram, the first directly elected metro mayor for the region, will unveil his game-changing vision, harnessing the power that lies beneath the river’s surface, to bring the city region back to its glory days of growth, prosperity and global connections.

    Speakers
    Steve Rotheram
    Metro Mayor
    Liverpool City Region
    • Futures Stage

    Solar, tidal, offshore and nuclear – We’re already becoming a greener world. But why stop here? Exciting new energy sources are being developed. How can we build upon and accelerate progress? How can we improve efficiency, adoption and, crucially, return on investment? And what will all this change bring to our business and daily lives?

    This event will take a fresh look at the ever-changing world of new renewable energy, shine a spotlight on new, lucrative business opportunities and renew your interest in a sector that powers the planet and keeps business and mankind forever on the move.

    Speakers
    Alex Marshall
    Group Marketing and Compliance Director
    Clarke Energy
    Jacqui Murray
    Interim Director
    Faraday Challenge and Head of Advanced Materials
    Matthew Wright
    Managing Director
    Ørsted
    Philippa Oldham CEng MIMechE
    Head of National Network Programmes
    Advanced Propulsion Centre
    • Futures Stage

    Power, energy, reducing waste, saving lives and securing profits – this business success story has it all and more.

    Aceleron, is a circular economy business that takes old, used up lithium batteries and transforms them into shiny-new battery packs, solar pumps and watercrafts; powering houses and bringing electricity to impoverished people in disadvantaged regions.

    This resourceful business was founded by Dr. Amrit Chandan and Carlton Cummins. Here they’ll reveal the inspiration behind their idea and explain the metamorphic impact these old batteries are having on the developing world.

    A modern-day tale of radical reinvention and re-energised communities. Not to be missed.

     

    Speakers
    Carlton Cummins
    Co-Founder
    Aceleron
    Dr. Amrit Chandan
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Aceleron
    • Futures Stage

    Great Britain is strategising across Europe and beyond, for better trade deals, in a post-Brexit world. China is making bold moves in business and heading west, with its far-reaching belt and road, silk road revival.

    The world’s global powers are in a state of play, forging allies, tackling trade deals, and securing new partnerships.

    As these great nations collide and do business will their workplace cultures converge or will certain ideas and ideology battle it out for supreme dominance and success? How will these culture shifts affect workers?

    Will China loosen its grip on and allow more than a single state-owned trade union?  Or will the west adapt a more totalitarian viewpoint, turning back legislation to better ‘rule’ those unruly workers? A fascinating look at a number of potential ‘future world of work’ scenarios.

    Addressing eternal battles, such as east vs west, communism vs democracy, tradition vs modernity and people vs power, all in the context of the work environment, this session looks to the future and one thing is certain. Great change is afoot.

    Speakers
    Matthew Kong
    Head of International Business, Talent Spot International
    Talent Spot International
    Paul Nowak
    Deputy General Secretary
    TUC
    • Futures Stage

    The world is at a cross-road. One road leads to AI utopia. Advanced technology is freeing the planet from mundane, repetitive jobs. It’s reinvigorating industries, establishing new ones, and helping us achieve the unimaginable, setting mankind on a course for unbound greatness and prosperity. 

    The other is much darker. The needs of corporations and shareholders have totally replaced the needs of people. Unregulated AI use is further widening the gulf between the ultra-rich and the poverty-stricken poor. People feel usurped, replaced and useless, believing their way of life has been decimated by tech that can do things better, faster and smarter than they ever could.

    Philip Jennings is an authority on the rights of the global workforce and his singular insight has recently garnered him an appointed to join the ILO Commission on the Future World of Work.

    Here, he’ll reveal how today's decision-makers hold the key to a sustainable, empowering future, calling for ethical AI and social justice. Phillip will present a compelling strategy to ensure working men and women retain a vital place in the world, examining the steps we need to take to ensure mankind stays on the right path.

     

    Speakers
    Philip J. Jennings
    Founder, UNI Global Union
    • Futures Stage

    The machines are coming. They are already here: more productive, cheaper and making fewer mistakes. AI and automation continue to revolutionise global industry.

    But in the end every business is a people business: its customers, suppliers and employees. While the disruption to existing jobs cannot be denied, leaders and managers must remember the human factor. 

    Former FT columnist Stefan Stern, author (with Prof Cary Cooper) of "Myths of Management - what people get wrong about being the boss" (Kogan Page, 2017), will lead a discussion on the tasks facing managers in the emerging new era. This session will highlight the remarkable contribution people have made, and will continue to make, in the workplace, providing an empathy, accountability, and creativity that technology doesn't offer.....yet.

    This compelling session will debate the merits of human vs machine and aim to restore your faith in the human workforce of the future.

    Speakers
    Stefan Stern
    author and columnist
    • 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

    Iceland, Eurostar, Asda – just three companies that have made commitments to reduce plastic waste so far this year. Is this the moment we genuinely reduce the amount of plastic in the environment? Come and listen to one company tell us about their commitment.

    Speakers
    Hil Berg
    Head of Sustainability and CSR
    Iceland Foods
    Richard Parker
    Head of Sustanable Packaging
    Iceland Foods
    • Futures Stage

    Food. We want it fresh, fast, full of nutrients and as affordable as possible. That's why locally grown, artisanal and organic are on our minds and menu, the world over.

    These days, quality food and other consumables are often seen to come from care, craftsmanship and niche growers and producers, rather than mass-produced produce for mass consumption.

    When locally sourced is so much better, how can businesses adapt to meet this demand? How might 3D manufacturing influence localised production and what will be the impact of localisation on traditional logistics systems?

    Speakers
    Devita Davison
    Executive Director
    FoodLab Detroit
    • Futures Stage

    Infinitely more productive, considerably cheaper and with far less margin for error, A.I and automation continues to revolutionise global industry.

    A recent report found that up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs to A.I and automation, by 2030 (McKinsey Global Institute, November 2017). A staggering figure with profoundly positive and negative outcomes.

    What does this all mean for people at work now? Rebecca Long-Bailey is Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She will talk to us about the Industrial Strategy that she is developing -  'Richer Britain, Richer Lives' -  and will tell us about how Labour sees the challenges that arise with the changing face of the workplace. 

    Speakers
    Rebecca Long-Bailey
    Shadow Business Secretary
14 June 2018
    • Knowledge Hub
    Business advice session brought to you by Her Majesty's Government.
    • Knowledge Hub

    Angel investment presents one of the smartest ways to make money in business today. Here, real life investors reveal the do’s and dont’s when looking to invest in businesses, through angel investment.

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

    Get the key findings from DWF's new report on renewables in Africa and perspectives on project development in other continents.

    Speakers
    Catherine Haslam
    Partner, Head of Solar
    DWF
    David Gilchrist
    Partner, Head of Utilities UK
    DWF
    • Knowledge Hub

    The sixth best country for doing business in eastern Europe and central Asia. The 38th for ease of doing business. The number one in Europe and ninth globally as an outsourcing destination.

    Bulgaria is simply bursting with business potential. Attend this session to discover more about the advantages of trading with Bulgaria.

    Speakers
    John Munnery
    Past Chairman
    BBBA
    Omourtag Petkov
    Chairman
    British Bulgarian Business Association (BBBA)
    • Knowledge Hub

    Successfully identify and apply for the best sustainable energy finance deals for your business available today.

    • Knowledge Hub
    Discover more about the opportunities the nuclear industry has in the North West.
    • 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
    Discover the business benefits of decentralised electrical power generation with Clark Energy.  
     
    Speakers
    Alex Marshall
    Group Marketing and Compliance Director
    Clarke Energy
    • Knowledge Hub

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

    • 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.  

14 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

14 June 2018
    • Hosted Events

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    • Hosted Events
    This event is aimed at helping businesses to harness and build upon these exciting developments, examining innovation and highlighting international commercial, technology and R&D collaboration opportunities.
    • Hosted Events
    Through a combination of presentations and case studies, this one-day conference will seek to explore the innovative energy storage solutions that currently exist to provide real-world benefits.
    • Hosted Events
    The 2-day Smart Cities Realised Summit will focus on case studies of real and deployed/deployable solutions from cities around the world.  
    • Hosted Events
    This event will highlight the considerable business opportunity of building a circular water economy, helping stakeholders to meet clients and providing a vital shop window for global buyers and thought leaders to learn about UK expertise on the Circular Economy and revolution.
    • Hosted Events
    PLEASE NOTE : THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE ON THE 18TH JUNE, OUTSIDE THE FESTIVAL'S CORE 9-DAY PROGRAMME 
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    PLEASE NOTE THIS HOSTED EVENT TAKES PLACE ON THE 17TH JUNE, OUTSIDE THE FESTIVAL'S CORE 9-DAY PROGRAMME. 

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