PROGRAMME
Our programme is currently being finalised and will be announced in the autumn of 2017. Be sure to expect a lively and diverse Festival celebrating the ever-changing world of business at its very best. We can reveal that our advanced programme will be centred around nine of the world's most exciting, high-growth, industries, spread across nine sector-themed days.
GLOBAL ECONOMICS
12 JUNE 2018
URBANISATION & CITIES
13 JUNE 2018
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
14 JUNE 2018
FUTURE TRANSPORT
19 JUNE 2018
MANUFACTURING
20 JUNE 2018
GLOBAL LOGISTICS
21 JUNE 2018
HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES
26 JUNE 2018
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
27 JUNE 2018
SPORT & TRAVEL
28 JUNE 2018
FESTIVAL FEATURES
BLUESKIES STAGES

The Festival's dynamic and lively platform for innovators, influencers and industry experts, with important ideas and inspiration.
FESTIVAL INCUBATOR

Access to practical work-shops, how to sessions and expert advice for businesses who want to realise their true potential
INNOVATION HUB

This new festival element will enable visitors to experience and interact with the latest and most advanced innovation trends in business.
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Space to grow your global networks, whether via organised business to business matching events or less formal social gatherings
INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE

An exciting mix of hundreds of the most innovative suppliers showcasing products with infinite potential
EVENTS & CONFERENCES

A host of world-leading industry conferences and exciting events will make their home at the 2018 International Business Festival
PREVIOUS SPEAKERS
Lord O’Neill of Gatley
Former Chairman and economist
Goldman Sachs
Karren Brady CBE
Sporting executive and author
Max Conze
CEO
Dyson
Johnny Earle
Founder
Johnny Cupcakes
Douglas Flint CBE
Chairman
HSBC
Liv Garfield
Chief Executive
Severn Trent Water
Graeme Hackland
IT Director
Williams Grand Prix Engineering
Wayne Hemingway
Founder & Fashion Designer
Hemingway Design
Lord Heseltine
Businessman
and former British Politician
John Holland-Kaye
CEO
Heathrow
Sajid Javid
Former MD
Deutsche Bank
Lady Barbara Judge
Chairman
Institute of Directors
Jude Kelly CBE
Artistic Director
Southbank Centre
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Chairman
Clipper Ventures
Sir Terry Leahy
Former CEO
Tesco
George Osborne
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Andy Palmer
CEO
Aston Martin
Lord Charles Powell
Chairman of Louis Vuitton UK & Sagitta Asset Management
Terry Scuoler
CEO
EEF
Dr Angela Strank
Chief Scientist Head of Downstream Technology
BP
Ian Stuart
CEO
HSBC UK
Jaan Tallin
Co-founder
Skype
Josh Valman
CEO
RPD International
Frederik Willem De Klerk
Former South African President
HOSTED EVENTS
WORLD FORUM FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

12th & 13th June 2108

The World Forum for FDI 2018 is the premier global event for any business involved in international investment or expansion. Leading commercial though leaders debate the World’s current economic landscape and explore new business opportunities. This long-established event is sure to kick-off our Festival in typically international style.
SHE TRADES

26 -28 June 2018

Committed to creating one million global female entrepreneurs by 2020, WVEF helps women from all over the world to start and internationalise their business. Women Vendors Exhibition Forum hosts thousands of annual B2B meetings, acts as a catalyst for growth and generates more than $50m worth of commercial value. Connect, trade and grow through women-owned business at WVEF 2018.
TRAILBLAZERS

26 June 2018

The Trailblazers summit is a major part of SheTrades Gobal’s WVEF. It unites international policy and advocacy initiatives of both private and public sector bodies and helps to enable them to connect female entrepreneurs to an international marketplace.
STRICTLY DIGITAL

27th June 2018

This dynamic all-day digital workshop looks at the world of new media today and where it is heading. The event highlights how companies can get ahead of trends, upskill and boost performance to secure new business through digital platforms. Featuring contributions from the Virgin #VOOM winner 2016, BBC commentator Dan Sogdergren and Media City, Strictly Digital is the one-stop digital pit stop that’s perfect for growing SME’s.
GLOBAL RENEWABLE ENERGY SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE

14th June 2018

The renewable energy sector is growing rapidly. That means big things for all businesses who supply services to this advanced industry. This event is aimed at helping businesses to harness and build upon these exciting developments, examining innovation and highlighting international commercial, technology and R&D collaboration opportunities.
INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY FORUM

13th June 2018

Why should you invest in the UK property market now? What are the positive changes the market has witnessed since BREXIT and how can your business take advantage of them? The International Property Forum will examine key property themes, including urban regeneration, office placemaking, smart cities and industrial logistics alongside a showcase of the biggest and brightest property investment opportunities across the North West of England.
THE MANUFACTURER SOFTWARE CONNECT 

21st June 2018

Leading manufacturers from across Europe join forces to examine the industry’s software needs of tomorrow. Industry 4.0, data analytics and digital transformation spearhead the agenda, with contributions from software multinationals including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. Tailored 121 meeting schedules and vendors demonstrations are offered to help de-risk and fast track enterprise IT implementation projects.
 
MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE

20th & 21st June 2018

The UK Is widely regarded as a global leader in manufacturing excellence and this 2-day conference will showcase how to achieve world-class status in industrial engineering and production, drawing on the examples set by past winners of the of ‘The Manufacturer MX Awards’. The 2018 event will focus on practical tools and techniques for improving manufacturing efficiency through education, innovation, leadership, and collaboration.
FOOD AND DRINK EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION

20th June 2018

Inspired by the highly successful FDEA Summer Network Forum, this new event will focus on the implications of Brexit for food and drink businesses. Expert speakers will kick-off the day, presenting emerging trends and issues. ‘Meet the Buyer’ meeting will feature prominently throughout the day sessions, followed by afternoon exporting workshops.
SCALE-UP BRITAIN

12th June 2018

Competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies, it goes to nations that focus on scaling up companies. Scale Up Britain examines the importance of ‘scale up’ businesses to the British economy. Five panel events followed by Q&As form the full one-day programme, discussing Britain’s position as a great place to do business and trade globally.
HEALTH IS WEALTH

26th June 2018

Health is not just about curing disease, it’s also a huge economy in and of itself. This global conference connects leaders and change makers in healthcare with researchers, innovators and businesses. The conference celebrates and highlights the latest research and demonstrates excellence and collaboration on a global level.
BREXIT

12th June 2018

What will BREXIT mean for business? How can companies reduce any threats and maximise opportunities? The Council of British Chambers of Commerce are ideally placed to examine the impact of BREXIT on companies within the UK and all over the globe. This event will draw from their international connections to bring together a roster of leading business minds, multinational corporations and global delegations to have an informed debate on the beast that is BREXIT.
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