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The International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) aspires to be the world’s leading business event this year. Expected to attract more than 30,000 delegates from the UK and overseas, it aims to be a buzzing marketplace for companies to create connections and do deals.

The festival takes places in Liverpool over three themed weeks from 13 June to 1 July:

  • Week 1 – Manufacturing
  • Week 2 – Energy and Environment
  • Week 3 – Creative and Digital

Each week will be packed with high-quality content, including:

  • One-to-one appointments with suppliers, buyers and investors (Meet Your Future Deal)
  • Export and investment opportunities
  • A range of free business services including legal, financial and marketing advice (Meet the Specialist Advisor)
  • Expert-led sector-specific seminars
  • World-renowned events such as TEDx, Accelerate 2016 and the Horasis Global Meeting
  • Large-scale networking receptions
  • Inspiring talks from leaders in the fields of business, innovation and technology (Blue Skies)

Delivered by Liverpool Vision in partnership with UK Trade & Investment and the GREAT Campaign, the festival has the full backing of the Prime Minister and the UK Government. It will feature the GREAT British Showcase – an exhibition of the latest UK innovations and products – the Exporting is GREAT Campaign’s Export Hub and the Investment Showcase.

IFB2016 will showcase the UK as the go-to place to do business and will build on the success of IFB2014, which attracted companies from 92 countries and facilitated export and investment deals worth over £280 million.

The festival will take place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, a state-of-the-art event complex on the city’s picturesque waterfront. There will be a rich and varied cultural programme for delegates to enjoy while in Liverpool – a former European Capital of Culture.

Attending the festival is free, but to guarantee entry delegates must register for the online Business Club – a bespoke business-matching service (also free). The Business Club will also provide exclusive benefits during the run-up to the festival, including a range of free business-support services.

Financial incentives are available for British and overseas organisations recruiting delegations for the festival (Fly to Buy), as well as discounts on train travel for UK companies (Travel to Trade).

The festival has several ambassadors including Wayne Hemingway MBE, Co-founder of Red or Dead; Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL, Co-founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer; Sir Keith Burnett, CBE, FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield; interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE; Manish Madhvani, Co-founder and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound; Will Butler-Adams OBE, CEO of Brompton; and Claire Braithwaite, Head of Tech North. In addition Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of London's Southbank Centre, is IFB2016’s Creative Director – leading on the look and feel of the festival and its cultural programme.

In terms of sponsors, the festival’s main partners are HSBC and BT. Official supporters are Arup, DLA Piper, DONG Energy, Heathrow, PwC, Virgin Trains and Siemens. Media partners are The Times, The Sunday Times, Bloomberg and Insider Media Limited.

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