World business leaders are welcomed to Liverpool

Showcasing the UK to the World

Liverpool IFB 2016

Business leaders from around the world will gather today to do business in Liverpool as part of the International Festival for Business 2016.

The IFB 2016 returns to the city from today through till 1 July with LJMU staff and students supporting many activities over the three weeks.

More than 30,000 delegates from 100 countries will attend the Festival, a global marketplace of business  connections that will showcase trade and investment opportunities from both the UK and abroad. Representatives from Liverpool John Moores University will be involved in a number of events and tours across the event, displaying leading projects and research, and running a range of workshops and impact activities.

With Liverpool as host city, the festival seeks to boost business growth in the region and beyond by connecting the best entrepreneurial minds with the best business opportunities from around the world.

Ambassadors for LJMU will also be present throughout the festival including 13 interns from the LJMU-funded internship programme who have been placed to work alongside the main IFB sponsors prior to and during the festival which include international organisations such as BT, HSBC, Google, DONG Energy and Heathrow Airport.  One student from the Liverpool Business School, Connie McGinty, is even carrying out a one year placement working directly with the IFB as a festival assistant.

Edward Harcourt, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement said: “We’re delighted that Liverpool once again will play host to the IFB following its success in 2014 which resulted in £280 million of trade and investment deals being done. The city is once again proving itself to be a global player and the University congratulates Liverpool Vision and its partners in bringing this event to fruition after two years of planning.

“The IFB 2016 will provide Liverpool and LJMU with a platform to showcase our links with industry and demonstrate how we can really bolster and strengthen our position not only in the education sector but in terms of business and investment in the region and beyond.”

Alan Welby, Director of Research and Innovation Services, said: “Having a strong presence from LJMU throughout the festival will be of great value, both as promotion for the University as well as to forge links for future partnerships with industry both here and across the UK. The range of activities and workshops look to give a fascinating insight into our work here and how engaging with business can benefit staff and students alike.

“We’re also proud to have numerous interns working with major international players in the global business community, which will help develop their networking skills, enabling them to make new relationships with key business and community leaders and give them a head start in the world of work as they begin their careers.”

The following events are due to take place over the course of the festival with LJMU involvement:

1.  Horasis Global Congress, June 13th & 14th

Visions for Tomorrow – from Uncertainty to Confidence; The Horasis Global Meeting aims to be the world's foremost gathering of business leaders who interact with heads of governments and key ministers as well as Nobel laureates and other thought leaders. The Horasis Global Meeting provides an unparalleled opportunity for the world's leaders to develop the solutions to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future

Tim Nichol, Dean of the LJMU Business School and 8 students will act as raconteurs for this festival primary opening conference. Covering 30 sessions over two days the LJMU team will capture key information from the panel and speakers and summarise findings ready for collation into a final report. Tim sits on the panel of the final session and will sum up headline facts and findings and will also attend the invitation only conference dinner on the evening of 13th.

2.  Blue Skies session, June 14th

The Business of Creativity - The Creative Industries Federation brings together the arts, creative industries and cultural education, from advertising to video games, publishing to performance, universities, fashion and more, all combining to add £84.1bn GVA to the British economy. But what does creativity add to your business?

John Kampfner, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation, together with a panel of experts will discuss the many often and unexpected ways that creativity manifests itself across business regardless of sector, and will show how creative thinking at the heart of business leads to success. LJMU’s very own Rachel McLean, School director of the Screen School will be on the panel.

3.  Sensor City, June 20th

This event showcases Sensor City, the forthcoming hi-tech facility to develop sensor technologies and create 300 new businesses and over 1,000 new jobs. It will demonstrate the global impact that sensors will have on a diverse range of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, life sciences, security, defence and energy. In parallel with the talks, the event will showcase cutting edge developments in sensor technologies and their applications. Leading the session will be the Sensor city team, LJMU and UoL

4.  IFB Edge Event – Tate Liverpool, Monday 27th June 4pm-6pm

Federation Small Business – FSB Connect Catalyst to Innovate

The event will showcase the Federation’s new FSB Connect initiative, providing a platform for innovative ideas and products from young entrepreneurs. 

Four Graduate/Student Entrepreneur’s from LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship will present and pitch their business to the audience.

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