International Festival for Business 2016

BUSINESS LEADERS, PARLIAMENTARIANS AND INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES GATHER TO HEAR AMBITIONS OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

A special International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016)-inspired meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Investment (APPGTI) took place in Westminster on 13 April, raising awareness of the role this year’s Festival will play in promoting British industry overseas.

The reception provided an overview of how the three-week series of events will help increase UK exports, drive economic growth and attract inward investment. The APPGTI is co-chaired by Robert Jenrick MP and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP

IFB2016 champions addressed a varied audience of more than 100 influential and international business leaders and parliamentarians, including embassy representations from more than 30 nations.

Paul Lindley, IFB2016 Ambassador and Founder and Chairman of the UK’s largest baby food brand Ella’s Kitchen, delivered an inspiring keynote address, providing an entrepreneur’s perspective of the benefits IFB2016 will bring to UK businesses seeking to expand globally.

This summer’s festival follows the success of the inaugural International Festival for Business in 2014, which produced more than £200 million of new investment deals and export sales totalling more than £80 million as a direct result of introductions and connections facilitated by the event.

As a global showcase for great British industries and an international hub for developing trade and export deals, IFB2016 is the world’s biggest business festival and a key date in both the UK and international business calendars. It will focus on three key sector groups that are transforming the business landscape of Britain and beyond: manufacturing; creative & digital; and energy & environment.

The APPGTI was formed to research and inform debate over how best to support British exporters, particularly SMEs, and encourage foreign direct investment into the UK. It promotes trade and enables links between parliamentarians, industry and government in the UK and abroad and work closely with trade representatives and bodies such as UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and UK Export Finance.

Paul Lindley, IFB2016 Ambassador and Founder of Ella’s Kitchen, said:

"For businesses today, Brand Britain is one of the most valuable trading assets. With the help of UKTI, we can be bold about exporting and entering new markets where British brands are viewed at a premium. 

“It is great to see such strong government support for businesses looking to expand internationally – IFB2016 is just one example of this and highlights our strength as a great trading nation.

“The Festival will help businesses to meet the right investors and suppliers through networking opportunities, valuable advice and will ultimately secure trade deals to successfully expand into new territories.”

Ian McCarthy, IFB2016 Festival Director, said:

“IFB2016 is about showing off the best of British and letting the world know that the UK is the home of international business.

“Last year’s festival was a resounding success generating £200 million of inward investment and over 7,000 new jobs.

“IFB2016 is even more ambitious and will provide unrivalled networking opportunities and practical advice for businesses to access new markets.”

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About the International Festival for Business 2016

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)

●      Live 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 (UKTI), the GREAT Britain Campaign and with the support of the UK Government, IFB2016 will feature the GREAT British Showcase – an exhibition of UK innovation, technology, design and creativity – the Exporting is GREAT Export Hub, and a changing, interactive display of UK industry sectors and inward-investment opportunities. 

UKTI is also hosting an exciting programme of 15 sectoral events that Businesses can register foronline.

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.

The festival’s main partners are HSBC, BT and Google. Official supporters are Arup, DLA Piper, DONG Energy, Heathrow, PwC, Siemens and Virgin Trains.

Find out more at ifb2016.com and twitter.com/ifb2016.

About UK Trade & Investment and the GREAT Britain Campaign at IFB2016

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – the government department that helps UK-based companies export and international companies establish and expand in the UK – is hosting an exciting programme of events at IFB2016. The events are aligned with weekly sector themes: week one, manufacturing; week two, energy and environment; week three, creative and digital. Businesses can register for UKTI events online.

The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the best of what the UK has to offer to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK. It is the government’s most ambitious international promotional campaign ever, uniting the efforts of the public and private sector to generate jobs and growth for Britain.

Attending IFB2016 is the natural next step for businesses inspired to trade overseas by Exporting is GREAT. The Exporting is GREAT Export Hub will take residence at IFB2016 for the full three week programme, providing additional events and support for new exporters. Exporting is GREAT events can be viewed at www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk.

The UKTI Investment Showcase at IFB2016 will highlight high-value investment opportunities across the UK to visiting investors, while investment advisers will be on hand to provide specialist advice about setting up in the UK, including the support that the government can provide.

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Investment

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Investment (APPGTI) was formed to research and inform debate over how best to support British exporters, particularly SMEs, and encourage foreign direct investment into the UK.

It promotes trade and enable links between parliamentarians, industry and government in the UK and abroad and work closely with trade representatives and bodies such as UK Trade & Investment and UK Export Finance.

The influential APPGTI is made up of 25 officers/members as well as an advisory panel of 36 senior business officials.