International Festival for Business deemed “success” with 424 events held across Liverpool and North of England
Inaugural festival marks “world’s biggest concentration of business events” with attendance from 75,000 delegates from 88 countries
The inaugural International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014 was a “remarkable success” with over 424 registered business events, according to preliminary data recorded during the festival which was revealed last night at the IFB finale gala dinner.
The 400+ events, which covered themes such as science, tech, and financial services, took place in 139 different venues across Liverpool, the wider North of England, and further afield, are said to be the “biggest” concentration of business events that have taken place anywhere in the world so far this year.
Part of the government’s plans to “drive growth and rebalance the economy”, IFB 2014 intended to act as a 50-day global showcase for business and industry; championing UK companies and promoting products to new markets.
Leading organisations such as UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the British Chambers of Commerce, and the Confederation of British Industry, also backed the festival.
The data recorded that over 75,000 business owners and industry leaders from 88 countries attended the festival with over 12,000 visitors to the IFB Hub, and 15,000 registered IFB Business Club members.
In addition, the figures suggest that over 1,100 companies benefited from the brokerage and ‘meet the buyer’ meetings which here held at the IFB Hub.
Liverpool mayor, Joe Anderson, commented:
“I believe that one of the key legacies of the Festival will be that Liverpool, the City Region and the wider North West are more clearly recognised as excellent places in which to invest – whether it be for digital businesses, low carbon, financial and professional services or any other sector which has successfully showcased itself over the last 50 days.”
Chair of IFB 2014, Max Steinberg, added: “These figures show the breadth and depth of impact the festival has had on the city and city region during the past seven weeks.
“We are carrying out a much more comprehensive evaluation into the benefits of the Festival which we will report in the autumn. There have been a number of really impressive events and we look forward to learning about the successes the festival has brought to the region’s and the country’s businesses.”