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Ifb News 2
08 June 2018

Exhibition Centre Liverpool is preparing to welcome back the world’s leading business event – the International Business Festival.

Thousands of industry professionals from across the UK and around the world are expected to attend the festival, which takes place over nine days across three weeks between June 12 - 28.

Exhibition Centre Liverpool will be transformed into a lively and colourful festival arena, created by designer Wayne Hemingway.  Key features include a Future Stage with insights from industry experts and influencers; an International Marketplace for world-leading ideas, products and services; a knowledge hub where delegates can access practical workshops and an innovation hub where they are able to interact with the latest tech.

The Duke of Cambridge is patron of the global event and will visit Exhibition Centre Liverpool on June 19.  The Queen officially opened Exhibition Centre Liverpool and the adjoining Pullman Liverpool hotel during the last International Business Festival in June 2016.

Since launching in 2014, the International Business Festival has delivered more than £500m in new deals, £250m of sales and £87m of exports.  Key speakers this year include Cherie Blair CBE, ARM Holdings CEO Simon Segars and Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s and BBC North.  England’s metro mayors, together with mayor of London Sadiq Khan, will gather together during the exhibition.

This year’s event focuses around the themes of Global Economics, Sustainable Energy, Future Transport, Health and Life Sciences and Creative Industries.

Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, home to Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre, said: “The International Business Festival is a vibrant conference and exhibition which provides a platform for thousands of entrepreneurs to gather together to network, take part in educational sessions, listen to inspirational industry experts and negotiate millions of pounds worth of deals.

“We are proud to once again host the festival and this year’s event promises to look as spectacular and creative as in 2016.

“In addition to the festival, we have several events taking place across the campus at the same time ranging from Uni Global Union World Congress, Airmic, the British Association of Urological Surgeons and the UK Oncology Forum.  Meanwhile entertainment events include Katy Perry, The X Factor auditions, Flight of the Conchords and Paul Smith.

“It will be a very busy period for us but the flexibility of our venue means we are able to host a range of different events at the same time.”

Max Steinberg, chair of the International Business Festival, said: “We’re delighted once again to be holding what is the world’s biggest business festival at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. We’re expecting hundreds of innovators, influencers and industry leaders from across the UK and around the world at this year’s event and we couldn’t think of a more perfect venue to host them.”