Meet the experts at the International Festival for Business 2016

Posted On: 6th June 2016

Innovate UK experts will be among industry leaders running sessions and offering advice during the International Festival for Business 2016.Government Opportunities

Leading figures from Innovate UK will be sharing their knowledge and expertise at the three-week International Festival for Business in Liverpool this month.

The festival, between 13 June and 1 July, will feature more than 80 high-profile events and has attracted some of the most influential and forward-thinking business leaders as speakers.

Speakers include Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, chairman of the Clipper Round the World Race, Lord Charles Powell, chairman Louis Vuitton UK, Dr Angela Strank, chief scientist at BP, Lady Barbara Judge, chairman emeritus of UK Atomic Energy Authority, Lord Billimoria, founder of Cobra Beer and FW De Klerk, the former President of South Africa who ended apartheid.

Key speakers from Innovate UK include chief executive Ruth McKernan and manufacturing and materials director Simon Edmonds.

The festival, organised by Liverpool Vision in partnership with UK Trade and Investment, is a global marketplace for making connections and doing deals.

The inaugural festival took place in 2014 and resulted in £280 million of trade and investment deals, with many more still in the pipeline.
Innovate UK will be running 7 ‘meet the expert’ sessions during the festival on:

  • driving growth in UK manufacturing
  • urban solutions for the future
  • identifying tomorrow’s billion-pound industries
  • the UK’s innovation support landscape explained (3 sessions)
  • the new Enterprise Europe Network Innovate2Succeed programme

The sessions are free and aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. There will be an opportunity to hear about the work Innovate UK is doing in key sectors of the UK economy and about the potential funding opportunities available in the future.

Innovate UK experts will also be available for one-to-one bookings as part of the festival’s ‘meet the specialist advisor’ programme, and will be taking part in many other events during the festival.

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