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UK's International Festival for Business 2016

08 Jun 2016

IFB2016 opens in Liverpool on 13th June. Here are the highlights.

IFB2016 is the world’s top business event this year. More than 30,000 delegates from across the UK and over 90 countries around the world will gather in Liverpool for three weeks of deal-making. This festival is the biggest event of its kind in the world and it is the definitive marketplace to make connections, innovate, do deals and inspire delegates to challenge the way business is done. Taking place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool from 13th June to 1st July, there will be three themed weeks of events: Manufacturing, Energy and Environment, Creative and Digital.

Meet Your Future Deal is the world’s biggest, free meet the buyer event, with 6,000 face-to-face meetings with businesses that are paired together through state-of-the-art matching software.

Meet the Expert masterclasses are twice-daily sessions on topics ranging from ‘Seven essential elements of successful international marketing’ to ‘Funny Business’ (incorporating humour into presentations for diverse or international audiences) and everything in between. James Sproule, IoD’s Chief Economist, will present Business Beyond Boundaries, which addresses the productivity conundrum:

  • Business Beyond Boundaries (29 Jun)
  • Business Beyond Boundaries (30 Jun)

With 80 internationally renowned business conferences and seminars, IFB2016 is the place to learn, share and develop new ways of thinking.

Meet the Specialist Advisor is for businesses that aim to grow domestically, export for the first time or increase their international presence, with bespoke advice in all aspects of the business growth and export journeys.

The early evening Blue Skies speaker programme will see 15 of the world’s most inspirational leaders share their experiences through a series of keynotes that challenge the way we think about business, society, culture and the environment.

Blue Skies day sessions are disruptive and provocative, challenging the role business plays in everyday life through panels, talks and open debates.

The GREAT British Showcase will inspire with the latest from UK businesses: ambitious and mind-blowing innovation that will change whole sectors.

ACCELERATE 2016 on 1st July will deliver a unique accelerator for growth and an opportunity to connect with organisations that think smarter.

The Google Digital Garage will see the tech-giant help sharing its ground-breaking expertise through a series of sessions.

The Edge is a fringe festival running throughout the 3 weeks, offering more than 50 events to showcase local businesses and provide additional opportunities for delegates to network and discuss important business issues. The IoD is delivering 3 Edge events on 14th, 22nd & 29th:

  • How to achieve the Northern Powerhouse
  • Future of sustainable energy generation
  • Liverpool Digital a global gateway

Please book early to avoid disappointment, as there will be thousands of delegates in Liverpool throughout IFB2016.

IFB2016 will generate an estimated economic value of £265 million and businesses need to get involved and secure their share of that opportunity. Attendance is completely free and delegates simply need to join the International Festival for Business Club

Meet Your Future Deal, Meet the Expert, Meet the Specialist Advisor, the full Blue Skies programme and the Google Digital Garage are also completely free.

Find out more about opportunities at IFB2016, see the festivals events and speakers and join the International Festival for Business Club via the website

For more information, please contact

0161 521 8133

North West
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