LIVERPOOL | International Business Festival 2018

The UK will host the world's biggest business event in 2018, the International Business Festival, featuring 50 major events, nine high-growth industry themes, 200 world-class speakers and countless opportunities for business. COBCOE is the International Engagement Partner for Europe.

COBCOE Conference

The COBCOE conference will take place on the opening day of the festival, hosted in partnership with HSBC. Speakers will include senior representatives of the UK Government, senior business leaders and diplomats from across Europe. It will investigate the threats and opportunties that Brexit brings and the UK's role as a springboard to global markets. 

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About the Festival

The festival takes place in Liverpool on nine days over three weeks from 12 June to 28 June 2018, with the programme focusing on nine key industry sectors:

  • Tuesday 12 June - Global Economics
  • Wednesday 13 June - Urbanisation and Cities
  • Thursday 14 June - Sustainable Energy
  • Tuesday 19 June - Future Transport
  • Wednesday 20 June - Manufacturing
  • Thursday 21 June - Global Logistics & Shipping
  • Tuesday 26 June - Health & Life Sciences
  • Wednesday 27 June - Creative Industries
  • Thursday 28 June - Sport, Culture & Travel

Entry to the festival is free for non-UK residents and entry for the COBCOE conference is free, which also provides access to the whole festival for all nine days. 

The festival will feature an international marketplace, festival incubator, TED style talks from leading business minds, an innovation hub and brokered business meetings to make new deals happen. If you’re looking to shake up your business, access new markets, grow, develop, innovate and network,  the 2018 International Business Festival offers plenty of opportunities.

It all take place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, a state-of-the-art event complex on the city’s picturesque waterfront. There will be a rich and varied cultural programme for delegates to enjoy while in Liverpool – a former European Capital of Culture. 

The festival is sponsored by the main partners HSBC, DWF and British Airways. Media partners are BBC Worldnews and

Find out more at and 

International Brochure (English)

International Brochure (Spanish)


A World of Opportunity brochure    

Realise your Potential brochure


If you would like visibility for your company at, before and after the COBCOE conference and the possibility of speaking on a panel, COBCOE Event Partnerships are available.

Partnership opportunities at the COBCOE Brexit Ambition Conference PDF

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