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    The International Festival for Business 2016, 13 June – 1 July 2016

    Start date: 13/06/2016
    Cost: Various See Link to

    The International Festival for Business 2016 is a global marketplace for making connections and doing deals. It brings together thousands of businesses from around the world for three weeks of events, business networking and deal-making.

    This year’s festival follows the inaugural International Festival for Business, which took place in 2014 and resulted in £280 million of trade and investment deals being done and many more deals and commercial relationships still in the pipeline.

    IFB2016 promises to be even more successful, combining diversity with focus and business conferences and seminars with challenging and inspirational festival content.

    Delivered by Liverpool Vision in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, the government department that helps UK-based companies export and international companies establish and expand in the UK, IFB2016 is the natural next step for UK businesses motivated to grow or trade overseas and for international companies that want to expand in Britain.

    Do deals

    With the world’s biggest free ‘meet the buyer’ event – Meet Your Future Deal state-of-the-art digital matching will help you make the right contacts. During three weeks of international business networking, IFB2016 offers an unrivalled opportunity to meet buyers, investors, suppliers and technology partners – an unrivalled opportunity to do deals.

    Be inspired

    Inspirational. Challenging. Prophetic. Blue Skies Speakers are 12 of the world’s most creative leaders, who will share their insights at the end of each day. Blue Skies Sessions challenge the way we think about business, society and culture. Meet the Expert unlocks the secrets of commercial success. Together, they will change how you think about business – and they’re all free.

    Make connections

    More than 30,000 delegates from 100 countries will attend IFB2016. There are countless no-cost business networking opportunities. The Business Club helps you to make the right connections. There are dedicated events and spaces for you to make the contacts that will drive your business where you want it to go.


    The GREAT British Showcase will inspire you with the latest from UK businesses: ambitious and mind-blowing innovation that will change the face of business. ACCELERATE 2016 delivers a unique, free accelerator for growth, motivation and an opportunity to connect with organisations that think smarter, helping you take your business to the next level.

    Business events

    With around 70 top class conferences and seminars, including internationally renowned business conferences and business seminars, IFB2016 is the place to learn, share and develop new ways of thinking. It is a festival of ideas, innovation, challenge and creativity, a place where businesses of all sizes come to grow.

    Expert advice

    Whether your aim is to grow domestically, export for the first time or increase your international presence, IFB2016 has the experts to help you. With free, one-to-one appointments available with specialist advisors in all aspects of the business growth and export journeys, this element of festival is a must for ambitious businesses.

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham