International Business Festival 2018

LIVERPOOL 12-28 JUNE

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WHAT A SPECTACULAR EVENT! 

 

THANKS FOR MAKING #BUSINESSFEST 2018 SO INCREDIBLE.

 

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REDISCOVER THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FESTIVAL

From the 12 – 28 June, Liverpool UK hosted the biggest business event of the year. 
55 major events. Thousands of industry professionals. 200 world-class speakers.
All across 9 inspiring days in June. The event is now over but you can learn more about it here and sign-up any future updates. 

#BUSINESSFEST IN A FLASH 

How did #Liverpool’s super ambitious International #BusinesFest go? Watch this two-minute film & find out. 


 

WHAT WAS IT?

9 unique days designed to boost your knowledge, help you make new connections and give you fresh ideas to grow your business.

WHO WAS IT FOR?

Business leaders and professionals seeking to network with our international audience of thousands of buyers, innovators and investors.

THE BENEFIT?

Businesses attended to arm themselves with the insight and knowledge to help their business thrive – and maybe even meet their next client.

TAKE A 3D TOUR OF OUR IMMERSIVE VENUE


 

SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED IN THE 8,100 SQM EXHIBITION CENTRE LIVERPOOL, OUR FESTIVAL ARENA BOLDLY MIXES BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE.

Created by legendary British designer, Wayne Hemingway, this immersive venue layout has been exclusively designed to facilitate deals and maximise lead generation. Click on the map to download a PDF version.

 

SECURING INVESTMENT  

SECURING INVESTMENT  

SECURE INVESTMENT

DELEGATES COULD MEET UP TO 1,000 UK & INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS: We had knowledgeable investors at the festival every day, actively seeking the next big business opportunity.

THE INVESTOR PITCH: Delegates gained the chance to pitch to deal-hungry investors, ready to support their ambitions with angel financing awards from £250k - £10m.

DELEGATES LEARNED TO BECOME INVESTMENT READY:  Industry peers shared tales of how they managed to secure investor funding , helping businesses to plan their next investment move

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

UK Business Angels Association

GENERATING LEADS

GENERATING LEADS

GENERATE LEADS

ONLINE CONNECTIONS: Delegates were able to network with our audience of thousands of international delegates, partners and investors, even prior to their arrival at the festival. 

HOSTED EVENTS: 55 UK and international events were held within the festival’s arena. Their delegates connected with others and explored profitable business opportunities.

INNOVATORS: Delegates discovered the inspirational innovators driving the future of business. They connected to an unparalleled network of professionals who are seeking to change the world of business.

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE: Delegates visited hundreds of exhibitors with the most innovative products, ideas and services to further enhance their future partnership prospects.

BOOSTING KNOWLEDGE

BOOSTING KNOWLEDGE

BOOST KNOWLEDGE

THE KNOWLEDGE HUB - Our practical ‘how-to’ sessions, workshops and presentations were designed for businesses that were big on ambition but short on time.

DESIGNED FOR FUTURE GROWTH - Knowledge Hub sessions focussed on three critical business themes: Leadership & Skills, Access to Finance, and Market Opportunities.

SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE: Delegates learned from experts about doing business with China, India or the US, winning government financial support, the technology transforming their sector, and the cyber security they needed to protect their business. 

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CHALLENGING THINKING 

CHALLENGING THINKING 

CHALLENGE THINKING

INNOVATORS: Including Simon Segars, CEO, ARM Holdings, Shefali Sharma, Oxford Space Systems, Dr Mike Pitts, Head of Urban Systems, Innovate UK, spoke at the Festival.

INFLUENCERS: Including Simon Jack, Business Editor BBC, Mark Shayler, Founder of Ape & Do Lectures, Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI gave presentations to delegates.

INDUSTRY LEADERS: Including Anthony Behan, IBM, Ruth McKernan CBE, CEO Innovate UK, Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens PLC, and many more inspired delegates during the event. 

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FUELLING FUTURES 

FUELLING FUTURES 

FUEL YOUR FUTURE

The Festival highlighted and examined an incredible and imposing future world of work like no other event could:

- The event investigated the politics and implications of new technology

- Explored the ‘mega-cities ’ of tomorrow and the role they’ll play in driving business forward

- Prepared businesses for the changing role of humans in both society and the workplace

- Took an informed, investigative look at what Brexit really means for International and British businesses

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CHAMPIONING INNOVATION 

CHAMPIONING INNOVATION 

THE LATEST INNOVATION

Attendees could meet the sharpest minds and creative thinkers at the UK Innovation Hub, part of the UK Government pavilion.

They learned what the UK Industrial Strategy is really all about and what it could do for their business. The event explored the UK-based innovations that will shape the future global economy in:

  • Artificial intelligence and big data
  • Clean energy growth
  • The future of mobility
  • And meeting the needs of an ageing society
     

Delegates could find out more about the government support available to UK- based organisations, innovators, exporters and foreign investors into the UK to help their business grow

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The event was structured around nine high-growth industries

 

SPEAKERS

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OUR 2014 & 2016 BIENNIAL EVENTS GENERATED SALES & BOOSTED REVENUE

  • £500m + 
    WORTH OF BUSINESS DEALS
  • £87M
    WORTH OF EXPORTS SECURED
  • £250M
    OF SALES GENERATED

HOW DID THE FESTIVAL HELP BUSINESSES GROW? 

HOSTED EVENTS

Our Festival hosted more than 50 major global events and conferences, in addition to our core programme. Imagine a world of business opportunity, potential connections and thousands of sector-specific delegates meters away from the main event. Take a look below.


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INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE EXHIBITORS

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE EXHIBITORS

Our Festival welcomed up to 100 world-leading companies, institutions, and trade & investment bodies showcasing their ideas, products and services each day. Check out who exhibited event. below.

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VISIT OUR PARTNER STANDS

HSBC UK

HSBC UK

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Headline partner, HSBC UK was on hand throughout the Festival. Delegates visited their stand to discover how they can help you navigate today’s globalised and accessible markets.

HSBC believed the festival helped to provide a fantastic boon for the nation, offering considerable benefits for their global customers.

HSBC championed amazing enterprises from all over the UK through our event. 

BRITISH AIRWAYS

BRITISH AIRWAYS

BA logo

Headline partner, British Airways took at the event to encourage businesses to opt for better business travel. Delegates visited them to take your business further than ever before, for a fraction of the cost.

PARTNERS

Festival Partners

HSBC UKBRITISH AIRWAYSGREATBBC

 

DAY SPONSORS

HSBC UKDWFSeqirus

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Supporters

 

 

 

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