COBCOE launches International Business Festival conference 'We need to talk about... the Global Future of Business'


We're pleased to announce our conference at the International Business Festival on 12 June in Liverpool.

 'We need to talk about... the Global Future of Business’ is a one-day conference on the opening day of the festival. It will help busineses plan for prosperous future by giving them the opportunity to hear first-hand from UK government ministers and senior international business representatives about changes that are coming and that will affect everyone.

The one-day conference will cover:

  • What the desired Brexit agreement will look like
  • Government strategies to promote skills, productivity, FDI and UK-EU trade after Brexit
  • Changes to supply chains and changes to the way we work brought about by new trade relationships, new technologies and the rise of Central Eastern Europe
  • How UK and European businesses can compete in fast-changing global markets

The conference will also provide a unique opportunity for international networking with business representatives who will be attending from across the COBCOE network and beyond. 

Confirmed speakers will be announced soon.


Booking details

In order to book your tickets for this event, please visit the booking site.

Entry to the conference is free to international visitors and there is also a discount for UK businesses in our network. Please contact for the free entry code and discount code.

Attending the COBCOE conference will also give you access to the entire International Business Festival from 12 to 28 June free of charge. (Please note that some hosted events at the conference may charge international delegates.)

About the International Business Festival

The COBCOE conference is part of the International Business Festival 2018 which takes place in Liverpool, UK, from 12 to 28 June. It will bring together around 30,000 business representatives, entrepreneurs and specialists from around the world. 

Hosted every two years in its home city of Liverpool, the festival gives businesses the space, support and expertise to make connections and realise their potential. It takes place on nine days over three weeks, with a different growth industry theme for each day. This year, there will be 50 major events and over 200 world-class speakers.

There will also be an international marketplace, a festival incubator, talks from leading business minds, an innovation hub and brokered business meetings at the festival to help businesses find the contacts they need. We hope you will join us.

To find out more, please contact or go online to


Partnership opportunities

If you would like visibility for your company at the COBCOE conference as well as before and after, and benefit from the possibility of speaking on a panel, please download the partnership pack for details.


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