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, CULTURE & 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
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.
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.

WORLD FORUM FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

12th & 13th June 2018

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.
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.
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.
 
NEW MOBILITY GLOBAL

19th June

New Mobility Global will focus on how new technologies and innovations are affecting the future of transportation and infrastructure. The event will look at how urban environments around the world will develop to support the revolutionary shift into the connected era. Throughout the conference, organised by Three6Zero, mobility visionaries will spotlight the main drivers of change, including smart infrastructure, emobility, connected car technology and future transportation such as ridesharing and e-hailing. 
MARITIME AUTONOMY IN FUTURE SEA TRANSPORT

19th June 2018

Organised by The Society of Maritime Industries, this full, one-day event will be centred around presentations from six experts in their fields.  It will feature panel discussions and Q&A sessions, covering the impact of autonomy on the shipping industry - one of the fastest growing technologies in the maritime industry. The event will highlight current and future autonomous platforms, effective ship-shore communications for autonomy and adopting common autonomous system standards.
 
FUTURE PROOF YOUR BUSINESS

20th June

EEF represent global manufacturers across Britain. Their Future Proof Your Business Event will examine issues around the overseas decision making process that international companies face, when considering investing in the UK.  The event will also explore key issues facing manufacturers today, including the 4th Industrial revolution, apprentice levy, Brexit, Supply chain management and the Industrial Strategy.
 
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.
 
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.
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.
 
INTERNATIONAL MARITIME FORUM

21st June 2018
 
Organised by Shipping Innovation Ltd, the International Maritime Forum conference attracts international maritime businesses eager to hear from and meet UK shipping, maritime and supply chain leaders.  The event will focus on the importance the Northwest plays in facilitating global trade to and from the UK. It will provide a showcase for the regional maritime businesses and introduce overseas participants major Northwest maritime organisations.
 
AUTOMOTIVE LEADERS SUMMIT

21st June 2018

The Automotive Leaders Summit UK, organised by Three6Zero and co-hosted by Jaguar Land Rover, is now in its 10th year. The event is designed to attract logistics service providers, tier suppliers, technology providers, future transportation representatives, government bodies and research bodies.  Thought leaders from original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and logistics providers gather to examine supply chain challenges and solutions and to hear about exciting new solutions to some of the issues facing today’s global markets.
TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE – EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS

26th June 2018

Healthcare is one of the world’s most vital sectors and digital health is changing the industry in exciting and challenging ways. Innovation Agency’s ‘Transformation Healthcare – Everybody’s Business’ will explore NHS collaborations, projects and initiatives that make the UK and it’s Northwest an attractive international healthcare market.  
 
HEALTH CARE BROKERAGE EVENT

26th June 2018

The business of healthcare creates staggering opportunities for businesses both within and outside of the sector. To bolster its ‘Transforming Healthcare – Everybody’s Business’ event, Innovation Agency are developing a tailored health care brokerage event. The full-day session will be centered around opportunities in the biomedical, healthcare and life sciences sectors, with input from around 64 European countries.
 
BIOCONCLAVE

26th June 2018

BioConclave looks at building Europe/UK-India collaboration in life sciences and healthcare.  Every year the event attracts participation from countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and others, alongside the UK and India. The aim of the events is to bring industry leaders and other parties together from around the world. Audiences will hear views from industry leaders, meet and network with leading academics, investors and industry innovators.
SHE TRADES GLOBAL

26 -28 June 2018

SheTrades Global is the premier global business event linking export ready women entrepreneurs with buyers, partners and investors. With a strong focus on business generation, investment and innovation, this business event comprises policy dialogues as well as of a series of business to business meetings and conferences. Previous forums cutting across a variety of sectors attracted thousands of people and generated over US$ 60 million worth of new business opportunities.”
 
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.
 
EUROPEAN SEARCH CONFERENCE

27th June 2018

Searching for the world’s smartest SEO campaigns? Look no further. The European Search conference, organised by Don’t Panic Events, showcases winning campaigns from International SEO and PPC agencies and in-house marketing teams. The 2018 conference will address how effective international search campaigns are delivered and the challenges and opportunities of working across global markets.
 
MAJOR EVENTS SUMMIT

27th and 28th June

Produced by Major Events International, The Major Events Summit focuses on knowledge sharing, building relationships and serving a professional network of major event experts. With attendees from past, current and future major competitions, sector experts and sports related agencies, the events creates an exciting platform share knowledge within the events industry and network at a high level.
 
THE FUTURE OF TOURISM

28th June 2018

This is a one day conference tackling all aspects of the ‘Future of Northern Tourism’ from both an inbound and outbound perspective. The event attracts strong representation from associations, destinations, attractions, hotels, transport, online agents, government and high-level delegates, and media. The Future of Tourism features seven sessions, a mixture of keynotes, panel discussions and Q&As.
 
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