IFB2016 confirms festival programme

THE International Festival of Business 2016 core programme is now complete and its organisers have said that they expect in excess of 30,000 delegates to attend during the three-week event in June.
Thousands of business people in the North West are expected to visit Liverpool to take advantage of the international networking opportunities which the festival will offer.
Many more will be attending to visit the GREAT British Showcase which will be showcasing the best of UK business innovation, while thousands of visitors attached to official overseas delegations will also attend the festival.
Confirmed events include the World Broadband Alliance’s Wi-Fi Global Congress 2016, TedX and the ACCELERATE event, which provides an accelerator for growth, motivation and an opportunity to connect businesses.
IFB2016’s Meet Your Future Deal programme will see companies taking part in 6,000 face-to-face meetings with potential new customers, suppliers, innovation and technology partners and investors.
There will also be 1,000 appointments with experts as part of the Meet Your Specialist Advisor programme.
Specialists from a host of  organisations will take delegates through every step of the export or business growth journey, providing bespoke advice that will help companies make the most of IFB2016’s opportunities. Specialist advice ranges from market research to tax, the tender process to logistics and banking to legal.
Festival Director Ian McCarthy said: “Our aim is to ensure the festival provides both a thoroughly practical experience for businesses, through events and digital matching and inspiration and exposure to new ideas through the Great British Showcase and engaging speaker programmes.
“The main festival programme is now complete but we will be revealing further details in due course about a host of international business personalities who will be taking part in a range of presentations as part of the Blue Skies speaker programme.”
Former South African president FW de Klerk, Lord Jim O’Neill and Liv Garfield, the Liverpool-born CEO of Severn Trent Water who is one of only six female FTSE 100 CEOs, have already been confirmed for the Blue Skies speaker programme.
Businesses wishing to find out how they can take advantage of IFB2016’s Meet Your Future Deal programme should register to join the IFB2016 Business Club at www.ifb2016.com