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International Festival for Business 2016

Welcome to the International Festival for Business

Liverpool is the host of the International Festival for Business (IFB) which takes place from 13 June - 1 July 2016. The festival will attract more than 30,000 delegates from 100 countries for three weeks of events, business networking and deal-making. Liverpool John Moores University will be involved in a number of events and tours across the IFB, displaying leading projects and research, as well as running workshops and impact activities.

Ambassadors for LJMU will be present throughout the International Festival for Business with 13 interns from the LJMU-funded internship programme working alongside the main IFB sponsors.

LJMU at IFB events: 

Horasis Global Congress - 13/14 June, 10.00am-11.00pm

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. It 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 Liverpool Business School at LJMU, and eight students will act as raconteurs for this festival's 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.

Blue Skies session - 14 June, 2.00-2.45pm

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 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, Director of the Screen School will be on the panel.

Sensor City - 20 June, 9.00am-5.30pm

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 the University of Liverpool.

IFB Edge Event at Tate Liverpool - 27 June 4.00-6.00pm

Federation Small Business (FSB) Connect – Catalyst to Innovate

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

Four graduate and student entrepreneurs from LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship will present and pitch their business to the audience.

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Big Data, Tools and Trends: A Digital Discussion - 29 June, 5.30-7.30pm

LJMU's Liverpool Business School would like to invite local businesses, SME's, digital marketing companies and anyone looking to explore issues around Big Data to join them at this free event.

This will be a series of three short presentations on the topic of Big Data, Tools and Trends, followed by questions and answers.

5.30-6.00pm – Refreshments and networking

6.00-6.30pm – Bamborde Balde (WORPCloud) discussing 'Growth hacking and engagement'

6.30-7.00pm – Leon Rossiter (Instinctive Digital) discussing 'The past, present and future of consumer analytics'

7.00-7.30pm – Dr Joe McGrath (Liverpool Business School) discussing 'Big Data and opportunities within LJMU'

An opportunity to network will also be available after the presentations.

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How LJMU can help your business

At Liverpool John Moores University we make it simple for organisations to access our knowledge and expertise. Whether your business is interested in our research and innovation services, employer engagement, research collaborations, or our industry outreach projects, our services have helped various industries and businesses from start-ups to global blue chip organisations achieve their goals. Find out how we've helped organisations.

Research and Innovation Services

We provide a central point of contact so you can access the expertise and research capabilities across LJMU's range of disciplines. We'll ensure your collaboration delivers the right solution to meet your needs.

Our experience encompasses: knowledge exchange, business development, accessing grant funding, contract and postgraduate research, and commercialisation.

We can offer:

  • contract/collaborative research
  • consultancy
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • bespoke training and development
  • facilitation services to support organisational change and strategic innovation

Find out more about our Research and Innovation Services.

Employer engagement

Your business can access the talent it needs for success by recruiting our excellent graduates and providing work placement opportunities to LJMU students. Taking part in careers fairs or offering to present to our students can help raise your company profile and give you an opportunity to contribute to the LJMU curriculum to ensure graduates are ready for the world of work.

We can offer employers opportunities to:

  • advertise vacancies
  • take part in careers fairs
  • host interviews
  • give presentations
  • gain access to LJMU students
  • offer work placements

Find out other ways you can get involved with LJMU.

Research and expertise

With 17 recognised Research Centres/Institutes and multiple research groups, LJMU is one of the leading research-active institutions in the UK. LJMU ranks in the top half of the overall research league table, placing us 61st out of 128 universities. Our impact goes beyond academia, benefitting individuals and communities, industry and commerce, and policymakers, not just in the UK but across the world.

Take a look at our research areas to find out more.

Supporting industry development

We support projects which aim to stimulate and support collaborations between business and LJMU within these specific areas:

Get in touch with us

We will work with you to develop a tailored package to suit your business requirements that will give you access to our expertise, knowledge and facilities. Contact us today to find out how we can help your organisation.

Tel: 0500 876543
Email: bdc@ljmu.ac.uk