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ACCELERATE 2016 Launches At City Business Gathering

KEY details of the ACCELERATE 2016 conference have been unveiled at a high-profile International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) event attended by hundreds of Liverpool City Region businesses.

The event on Wednesday March 30th saw 500 representatives from the city region’s business community gather to find out more about IFB2016, the world’s biggest business festival, which is being held in Liverpool in June.

City leaders including Vice Mayor and Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Investment Gary Millar, the Liverpool Echo’s Head of Business Tony McDonough, Festival Director Ian McCarthy, Head of International Trade & Commercial Services at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Andy Snell, and Clive Drinkwater North West Regional Director for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), took to the podium at the event to outline details and benefits of IFB2016 for the region’s business community.  The event was chaired by Downtown in Business CEO, Frank McKenna.

The event was also used to unveil details about the prestigious one day ACCELERATE 2016 conference on 1 July. The flagship festival event is headline sponsored by BT and provides a unique accelerator for start-ups, focused on aiding growth, motivation and providing an opportunity for businesses to connect, with up to 1,000 delegates expected to attend the event.

A big name speaker line-up for this year’s event, including Reggae Reggae Sauce founder Levi Roots, designer and entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway MBE, and Sarah Wood CEO of Unruly, was exclusively revealed to the business audience.

Ian McCarthy
Ian McCarthy

Ian McCarthy, Festival Director, said: “This was an event designed to give Liverpool City Region businesses an overview of IFB2016 and explain what’s in it for their businesses and outline the opportunities that the festival will present. We were delighted to have the chance to share our vision for the festival with hundreds of regional businesses – who will be closest to the action across the three weeks.

“Alongside this, we’re very pleased to be able to make an exclusive announcement on the ACCELERATE2016 programme, supported this year by BT. ACCELERATE is a fantastically inspiring and exciting platform for entrepreneurs and business people looking to take their companies to the next level and we’re delighted to be unveiling some of the keynote speakers who will be taking part in this year’s event. The calibre of speakers already signed up speaks to the quality of ACCELERATE2016 offering and it will, no doubt, be one of the festival’s most popular offerings.

“IFB2016 is a festival of ideas, and is open to anyone with an enquiring mind. Alongside the great opportunities to strike deals, access expert business advice and forge international connections, there’s a brilliant free programme of speakers from all walks of life, as well as a showcase of the best British designs and innovation. It’s a real privilege to be hosting the festival in Liverpool and we’d encourage the city’s business community to get involved, have a sense of ownership, and make the most of this opportunity. As a first step, I’d encourage companies to sign up to the IFB2016 Business Club, it’s a free and fast process which opens up a world of opportunities.”

The festival is expected to attract around 30,000 SMEs and high-level delegates from some of the world’s fastest growing economies. The three week summer gathering of inspirational speakers, business networking and over 80 events will be clustered round three themes: manufacturing, creative and digital, and energy and environment.

IFB2016 is being delivered in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, the GREAT Britain Campaign and with the support of the UK Government. It will include the world’s biggest ‘Meet the Buyer’ event of the year, IFB2016’s Meet Your Future Deal programme. The programme will see companies taking part in 6,000 face-to-face meetings with potential new customers, suppliers, innovation and technology partners and investors through a free digital matching programme, which companies can sign up for online.

The festival’s Meet the Specialist Advisor programme will see experts from a host of world-leading organisations take delegates through every step of the export or business growth journey, providing bespoke advice that will help companies make the most of IFB2016’s opportunities. Specialist advice ranges from market research to tax, the tender process to logistics and banking to legal.

A recent independent report into results delivered by the inaugural festival in 2014 showed that over £80 million in export sales was secured by participating businesses directly from connections made during the festival. The study also showed that investment deals worth an estimated total of £200 million were done as a direct result of opportunities created by IFB2014.

Visit www.ifb2016.com/ifb-business-club  to sign up to the IFB2016 Business Club. Follow on Twitter  and watch the IFB2016 video . For more information on ACCELERATE 2016 or to buy tickets for the event, please visit: www.accelerate-britain.co.uk

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