Apprentice star announced as Accelerate 2014 keynote speaker

Karren Brady CBE to take centre stage alongside fashion guru Wayne Hemingway and Ultimo founder Michelle Mone

High-growth business festival Accelerate today announced the line-up of speakers for its one-day 2014 event, with Apprentice star Karren Brady set to take centre stage.

Set to be held as part of the two-month International Festival for Business (IFB) event in Liverpool, Accelerate 2014 claims to be the only enterprise event targeted solely at fast-growth British businesses.

Brady will give a speech, in addition to talks from leading fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and Michelle Mone, founder of iconic lingerie brand Ultimo.

Accelerate 2014 will take place at the Arena & Convention Centre in Liverpool on Thursday 20th June and will be opened by the Mayor of Liverpool and hosted by television journalist Krishnan Guru-Murphy.

The event, which claims it will provide delegates with the ‘inspiration and concrete tools’ needed to take their businesses to the next level, will cost £65 for early-bird ticket buyers.

In addition to Accelerate 2014, IFB’s organisers highlighted a number of other events set to focus on the UK’s fast-growth businesses, including:

  • Africa Rising (10-12 June): a conference focusing on African businesses and how entrepreneurs can tap in to the continent’s rapidly growing economies
  • Grow Your Own Talent (8-9 July): an event showcasing the different recruitment and employment opportunities for fast-growth firms
  • International Trade Expo (10-11 June): an event focusing on export opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, set to offer numerous networking opportunities
  • The Power of the Global Network (15-16 July): a two-day event with gala dinner focusing on networking and exports
  • Like Minds (17-18 July): a ‘superstar line-up of the best business brains on the planet’ which will see delegates engage with each other to develop new ideas

Accelerate 2014 keynote speaker Karren Brady said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in Accelerate 2014. The UK’s fast-growth firms are the ones transforming communities and countries all over the world with their ambition and performance – and it is imperative that we lend them the continued inspiration and support they need.

“I am thrilled to be a part of IFB and I can’t wait to meet the stock of talented businesses that will be there.”

Max Steinberg, chairman of the International Festival for Business 2014, added: “Around 15,000 jobs are created in the UK every month – this is what the IFB is celebrating and what it seeks to further promote.

“The objective for IFB is to highlight the fast-growth agenda of post-recession Britain. Events like Accelerate 2014 will help do just this by celebrating the impact our brightest businesses are having on the UK’s economy.”


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