The International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) aspires to be the world’s leading event in 2016. Expected to attract 30,000 delegaIFB2016_GREAT_Portrait_Logotes from all over the world it will be a buzzing marketplace for companies and the biggest international business festival in 2016.  

Taking place from 13 June – 1 July at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, IFB2016 is delivered by Liverpool Vision in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the GREAT Britain Campaign and with the support of the UK Government. UKTI – the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy – is hosting an exciting programme of events at IFB2016 aligned with weekly sector themes: week one, Manufacturing; week two, Energy & Environment; week three, Creative & Digital. Businesses can register for UKTI events online.

The Festival represents an outstanding opportunity for businesses to forge new international partnerships, meet their global network and receive trade, investment and financial advice. It is the ideal platform for innovative UK-based companies to grow through business opportunities both in the UK and overseas, and for the UK regional economies to secure more foreign investment. Attending IFB2016 is the natural next step for businesses inspired to export by Exporting is GREAT.

The Exporting is GREAT Export Hub will take residence at IFB2016 for the full three week programme, providing additional events (currently under development) and support for new exporters. Exporting is GREAT events can be viewed at

IFB Week 2

Week 2, will cover various topics across the energy sector. On 20 June, 2017 and Beyond – Energy Industry Challenges and Solutions, inspirational speakers from HSBC, DONG Energy, PwC, EA Technology, Energy Systems Catapult and AMEC amongst others will discuss the immediate challenges facing the industry and the long term solutions to the shifting energy landscape. This event will be followed the next day on 21 June, with oil and gas speakers from government (OGA) key markets (Brazil) and industry (PwC, DLA Piper, Petrofac and Rystad Energy) Connecting UK’s oil and gas capabilities to the world. Finally on Thursday, 23 June, come and hear influential players in the renewable energy industry discuss current and future ambitions for implementing renewable technologies designed to contribute to global carbon reduction targets. From Innovation to Industrialisation:UK Renewables are Delivering Global Carbon Reduction.  There are confirmed speakers from DONG Energy, Siemens, AES, Chinook. Places are limited and to attend these events you need to register.

Delegates  can automatically join the International Festival for Business Club. The Business Club is at the core of the festival and gives members access to special services and offers. This includes an exciting digital matching service that introduces companies to suitable potential buyers, partners, investors and suppliers. UK companies can also take advantage of the Travel to Trade deal, that provides up to £150 grant to attend IFB2016 for any SME who wants to either export for the first time or expand to a new market. For more information email

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend this unrivalled platform for UK companies to explore and grow their global networks.