It’s a matter of days until the International Business Festival swings open its doors to thousands of delegates from across the world.
The biennial festival in Liverpool, previously held in 2014 and 2016, is the biggest event of its type in the world.
This year 150 international delegations – including 25 from China – are expected between June 12 and 28, eager to connect with British businesses.
And a host of new speakers and sessions have been added to the programme, which aims to map out the future of nine high-growth sectors.
Among them are London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Northern Powerhouse exports and investment lead Marian Sudbury and Institute of Directors infrastructure expert Dan Lewis.
They join figures including Simon Segars, Chief Executive of processor giant ARM Holdings, Gina Miller – the woman whose campaign forced the government to consult Parliament over Brexit – and the new UK Chief Scientific Adviser Dr Patrick Vallance on the line-up.
- The Festival opens with a day dedicated to Global Economics (June 12), hosted by BBC business presenter Tanya Beckett. Speakers include CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn and IB-Watson’s Anthony Behan. Practical sessions cover finance for export and innovation, guidance on trading with China and India and a showcase of Shanghai.
- Day two focuses on urbanisation and cities, with all seven English regional metro mayors on the bill, with Khan, Siemens Chief Executive Juergen Maier and Andrew Carter of the Centre for Cities. Practical Knowledge Hub workshops cover growing your business in Europe, motivating your workforce to increase productivity, blockchain in real estate and sustainable cities.
- Sustainable Energy Day rounds off Week One. Hosted by sustainability guru Mark Shayler, it features Ørsted MD Matthew Wright, Faraday Challenge director Jacqui Murray and Iceland Foods sustainability head Hil Berg. Practical sessions focus on renewables in Africa, nuclear opportunities in north-west England and distributed power generation.
More than 35 companies will be featured in the UK Innovation Hub, which showcases the best of British technology, while an international marketplace will feature up to 100 exhibitors each day.
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