£265m Boost For Business

MORE than £265million will flow into Liverpool’s coffers as some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs, economists and political figures head for the International Festival of Business. Thousands of delegates from more than 300 organisations will attend the festival in June, putting our city in the spotlight as a top investment destination and engine of creativity. Chris Heyes, Head of International at IFB2016, said: “There will be deals struck, relationships formed and business plans put in place that could mean every UK business who is getting involved with IFB2016 will trade with every continent in the world.” Speakers already confirmed for the event include FW De Klerk, the controversial former President of South Africa who helped broker the deals that ended apartheid. Others taking part in the Blue Skies events include Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Jim O’Neill and Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent. Rumours about other big names continue to circulate and we will provide updates on our website. Reggae Reggae Sauce founder Levi Roots, designer and entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway  and Sarah Wood, CEO of social media advertising platform Unruly will share their insights at the Accelerate Conference, which takes place on July 1.  Tech giant Google has been announced as a festival partner and will host its Digital Garage throughout the three weeks, to help local businesses, start-ups and anyone interested in a ‘digital tune up’ develop the skills to prosper online and grow their business or career The festival takes place June 13 – July 1 at the Exhibition Centre.