2018 International Business Festival
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.
Early bird discount of 25% will be automatically applied.
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.
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.
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