2018 International Business Festival
12-28 June 2018
The International Business Festival is the world’s biggest business event. Hosted every two years in its home city of Liverpool, the festival captures the dynamism and diversity of the global marketplace.
Its goal is to give businesses the space, support and expertise they need to make connections, do deals and realise their potential.
The Festival’s components are designed to allow attendees from around to the world to build connections, share ideas and make deals:
- International Marketplace - More than 100 businesses, organisations and institutions showcasing their offer to buyers, investors and potential international partners
- Events & Conferences - A host of world-leading industry conferences and exciting events will make their home at the 2018 International Business Festival
- Festival Incubator - Access to practical workshops, how-to sessions and expert advice for businesses who want to realise their true potential
- Blueskies Stage - Returning once again with a roster truly of world-class speakers, the festival’s platform for innovators, influencers and industry experts with important ideas and inspiration to share
- Building International Connections - Space to grow your global networks whether via organised business-to-business matching events or less formal social gatherings
- Innovation Hub - This new festival element will enable visitors to experience and interact with the latest innovation trends in business
Held across three weeks in June 2018, the third edition of the International Business Festival is set to be the biggest and boldest yet, with a programme focused across nine key industry sectors: Global Economics, Urbanisation & Cities, Sustainable Energy, Future Transport, Manufacturing, Global Logistics, Health and Life Sciences, Creative Industries, and Sport and Travel.
Our track record
The International Business Festival is held every two years. Since the inaugural event in 2014, it has racked up:
- 94,000 day visits
- 31,000 unique visitors
- 194 international delegations
- £600m in business deals
For more information please visit the website here.
From the south...
Virgin Trains operates hourly, direct services from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (with a journey time of just over two hours). Other long-distance rail services also operate into Liverpool Lime Street station.
Exhibition Centre Liverpool is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10 minute walk) or catch the CityLink Route C4 (7am – 8pm) directly to the venue. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street station, inclusive of the cost of your ticket.
Flying into Liverpool John Lennon Airport...
A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five minute walk of Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
Most Liverpool city centre bound buses will call at either Queen Square bus station (a 15-minute walk) or Liverpool ONE Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk to Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
The CityLink Route C4 bus links Queen Square bus station, James Street rail station and Liverpool ONE Bus Station to the venue. CityLink Route C4 operates every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays, between 7am – 8pm, with a maximum fare of £1 per journey. Merseytravel prepaid tickets, National Concessionary bus passes and Arriva day tickets are all valid on this service.
For up-to-date information on all bus, train and ferry services, call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33, open 8am – 8pm, 364 days a year or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk
For all car journeys it's best to follow the white on brown tourist route signs for the Waterfront. These signs are visible on the major routes into the city. Exhibition Centre Liverpool is situated on the Kings Dock directly adjacent to the south side of the Albert Dock. Upon arrival, the Kings Dock entrance is clearly sign posted.
From the North...
Leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to end of M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront. The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is signposted 'Waterfront' on the city wide 'available spaces' signage.
From the South...
Leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for Waterfront. The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is signposted 'Waterfront' on the city wide 'available spaces' signage.
The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park has 1,600 secure, covered spaces, and there are more car parks within five minutes’ walk. The Waterfront Car Park is signposted “Waterfront” on the city-wide “available parking spaces” signs. These signs provide live information as to the number of available spaces. Fees operate on a sliding scale as follows:
£2 for up to 1 hour
£5 for up to 2 hours
£7 for up to 5 hours
£10 for up to 9 hours
£15 for up to 24 hours
More information on driving to Exhibition Centre Liverpool and parking can be found here.
Have You Considered?
Liverpool is a vibrant, modern city, proud of its rich heritage and renowned for its friendly people. Visit Liverpool and enjoy everything it has to offer. Here is just a sample of what's available.
Pullman Liverpool Hotel
This 4* Hotel is one of the most stylish hotels in the city. Just a 30 second walk from the venue, join us for pre or post show dinner or drinks in the elegant and cosmopolitan Dukes Restaurant and Bar.Visit website
Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower
Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower is a 4 star hotel located within walking distance of the venue, in the ideal location for your visit to Liverpool. The hotel is perfectly placed to show you the vibrant city and boasts superb views over the Liver Buildings and River Mersey.Visit website
Chaophraya and Palm Sugar Lounge (Thai)
Chaophraya and Palm Sugar Lounge are conveniently located in Liverpool ONE, just across from the venue. Chaophraya and Palm Sugar serve authentic Thai cuisine and cocktails.Visit website
From high street favourites to high end boutiques Liverpool ONE offers a shopping experience unlike any other. Enjoy dinner on the restaurant lined Leisure Terrace overlooking Chavasse Park or maybe drinks in Browns or WOW Bar.Visit website
The Wheel of Liverpool
Located on site, the imposing Wheel of Liverpool has 42 fully enclosed and air-conditioned capsules, which offer riders breathtaking views of the city, the Welsh mountains and – of course - the World Heritage Site waterfront.Visit website
From high street favourites to high-end boutiques, your
fabulous shopping experience is a short stroll from
the venue. Stores open until 8pm weekdays, so
there’s plenty of time to hit the shops.