IT giant on board for IFB2016

MICROSOFT has joined the line-up for the International Festival for Business 2016’s ‘Meet-the-Buyer’ service, available to members of the IFB Business Club.

The IT giant will be joined by a number of other high profile businesses looking to secure British suppliers at the IFB2016.
Companies can access the ‘Meet-the-Buyer’ service by registering for the IFB2016’s free-to-join Business Club.
Business Club membership will also give businesses access to exclusive business services and networking opportunities including the opportunity to discuss new trading partnerships with businesses across the world.

IFB2016 has also trumpeted the backing of Liverpool City Council, which will provide expert services and advice to members of the IFB2016 Business Club.

Sector specialists will provide tailored guidance on not only how to prepare tenders but also what services and products Liverpool City Council will be sourcing in the next six, 12 and 18 months.

A spokesperson for Microsoft said: “Microsoft is delighted to be part of the International Festival of Business 2016. The event is a celebration of innovation and enterprise, providing an excellent opportunity to meet high-calibre delegates from all over the world to share ideas and explore new business opportunities.”

Trevor Ingham, head of procurement at Liverpool City Council said: “We are pleased to be able to support the International Festival for Business in its objectives and to provide a platform for local businesses and businesses generally to engage with our procurement specialists.”

Microsoft is one of many high profile international brands and purchasing companies attending the IFB2016 in June who will be looking to secure suppliers.

These include Heathrow Airport, which is looking to secure a range of products and services, including LED lighting, staff uniforms and maintenance services and Metaform Enterprise, the India-based manufacturer, with customers including Siemens, Larsen & Toubro, ABB and LML.

Metaform wants to set up UK supplier bases for innovative medical devices, implants and Micro Machined and Nano technology devices for minimum invasive surgery. 
Harada Corporation, a Japan-based company importing medical devices from European companies, especially from UK companies Harada Corporation, is seeking UK manufacturing partners for innovative medical devices, particularly in the respiratory/pulmonary field and obstetrics and gynaecology field.

Kendal Nutricare, a British pharmaceutical company, is looking to meet buyers and suppliers. It specialises in the manufacture of products from infant formula to pharma-grade anti allergen and complete meals, for brands including GSK, Boots, Meiji, H J Heinz, Nutricia, United Pharmaceuticals, Hero and Danone.
Delivered in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, the GREAT Britain Campaign and with the support of the UK Government, IFB2016 will open on June 13 at the new Exhibition Centre on the Liverpool waterfront and will run for three weeks. It will bring together thousands of global businesses, providing a platform for companies to connect and conduct international commerce.
BT, Google and HSBC are the lead sponsors of IFB2016, with the Festival’s commercial partners including ARUP, DLA Piper, DONG Energy, Heathrow, PwC, Siemens and Virgin Trains.