ORGANISERS of the annual Liverpool Loves festival have announced the return of Liverpool Loves Business for its third consecutive year. Liverpool Loves Business will be held at Hilton Liverpool and takes place on Thursday 13 July from 9am to 4pm. The event is free to attend. The theme for 2017 is Dealing With The Art Of Sales, which promises to assist and support delegates to rediscover their cutting edge, skills, and empower them in all areas of generating business. Liverpool-based organisers Orb CIC, the team behind the festival, has once again signed up a number of business big names with whizz-kids Google Digital Garage headlining the programme of high-profile speakers on the Go Get ‘Em Stage, hosting sessions themed around selling your business online. More than 600 entrepreneurs and professionals from across Liverpool City Region attended last year’s Liverpool Loves Business. This time round, organisers Orb CIC will build on this further by featuring a series of speaker stages and break-out areas, where delegates can access valuable business advice, build connections with other like-minded business colleagues, and listen to talks from industry leaders. The Sales Dojo, sponsored by Your Business Mobile, will see sales and business development experts hold a series of quick-fire sessions on refining a knock-out and successful sales technique with advice on how to strengthen networks, develop interpersonal skills, and build strong client/consumer relationships. There will be meeting spaces for delegates, which will also host one-to-one business advice sessions, and a commercial marketplace will provide a shop window for essential business services for start-ups and growth-phase companies. Festival Director Josh Boyd from Orb CIC commented: “We are delighted and excited to announce the return of Liverpool’s largest independent SME conference – the third Liverpool Loves Business. This year’s focus is to support, empower and inspire professionals, entrepreneurs and businesses to generate more sales, maximise their revenue, and build great networks by developing a killer sales strategy. “The programme of seminars, keynote speeches and workshops will energise, motivate and invigorate the salesperson in us all to implement better, smarter techniques that can help to upskill people and move towards successfully achieving their targets.” A full programme of speakers, exhibitors and networking sessions will be announced in the coming weeks. Delegates are invited to register in advance on Eventbrite and reserve their place at https://liverpoollovesbusiness.eventbrite.co.uk This year the business event takes place three weeks before the Liverpool Loves festival. This is a change to previous years when the business event has been part of the three-day Liverpool Loves event. Liverpool Loves returns on Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August. The festival also has a new home for 2017 with the main stage zone recently announced as being Derby Square. Liverpool Loves is a celebration of all things Liverpool – with four core themes of business, culture, food and well-being.