Vince Cable launches International Festival for Business in Brussels

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable launched the International Festival for Business in Brussels yesterday (11 February).

Vince Cable launches the International Festival for Business in Brussels
Vince Cable launches the International Festival for Business in Brussels

At an event at the British Residence in Brussels, the Business Secretary Vince Cable said that Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) should take advantage of the multitude of opportunities offered by this huge UK business and trade event.

The UK’s first International Festival for Business (IFB 2014) is a 50-day expo of more than 200 business events, which will take place in Liverpool in June and July.

The event is a key part of the Government’s ambition to promote economic growth and double UK exports by 2020.

As part of the Festival, UKTI will present a Benelux Day on June 19 that will showcase priority investment sectors in the UK for Benelux companies and business opportunities for British companies in the region.

Cable said: "In the UK we are seeing encouraging signs of recovery in the economy, but to ensure that it's built on the right foundations, we need to boost exports. 

"The International Festival for Business will be a catalyst for businesses large and small to accelerate their expansion plans and fulfil their trade ambitions.

"It is rare that an event of this magnitude is staged anywhere so I hope that businesses across the whole of the EU will seize this opportunity and use it to showcase their products and services to the rest of the world."

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