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 Conference

The COBCOE conference will take place on the opening day of the festival, hosted in partnership with HSBC. It will investigate the threats and opportunties that Brexit brings with discussions by business leaders and key diplomats from across Europe. More details will be announced soon.

About the Festival

The festival takes place in Liverpool over three weeks from 12 June to 28 June 2018, with the programme focusing on nine key industry sectors with activities taking place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The industry sectors are as follows:

  • Tuesday 12 June - Global Economics
  • Wednesday 13 June - Urbanisation & 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

The event 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, there’s no better event for you than the 2018 International Business Festival.

The 2018 International Business Festival is an open market to new deals, a gathering of ambitious international companies looking to meet new investors, suppliers and partners.

The festival will 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

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