International Festival for Business to return in 2016

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the International Festival for Business (IFB) will return to Liverpool in 2016, following a successful first year.

George Osborne confirms IFB to return in 2016
George Osborne confirms IFB to return in 2016

In a keynote speech at one of the IFB’s main events, the Santander SME Summit, Osborne said: "When I travel round the world meeting foreign governments and investors I am selling Britain as a brand and events like the International Festival for Business make that job easier.

"It’s a shop window for global markets and a reminder that we can be proud of the stamp that reads ‘Made in Britain'.

"So, today I am backing this initiative, committing the funding requested by the Mayor [of Liverpool] Joe Anderson and Liverpool city council for another festival here in Liverpool in 2016."

The IFB, which takes place across 50 days hosting more than 250 business events, is Britain’s biggest business festival for more than 60 years.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson added: "As we reach the half-way stage of what has already been an inspiring and diverse programme of superb business events, I am delighted that its impact has been seen by government and that they have chosen Liverpool to reprise the international festival for business in 2016."

In December, BT was announced as the official partner for the IFB with CNN becoming the event’s official media partner.

More IFB news:

First 50 events confirmed for International Festival for Business 2014

International Festival for Business to host Evcom, BVEP and ICCA

IFB 2014: Showcase for UK innovation

In Pictures: International Festival for Business 2014

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
You don't need tech to immerse people

You don't need tech to immerse people

You don't need expensive technology to engage audiences, says Karin Kadin of Brands at Work.

DRPG secures sweet deal with client win

DRPG secures sweet deal with client win

An internal awards ceremony for a confectionary brand saw 400 employees recognised for their achievements.

How the industry has changed for venues

How the industry has changed for venues

Director of Lane End Conference Centre reflects on changes to meetings and events since venue opened in 1969.

Audience UK appoints head of experiential

Audience UK appoints head of experiential

Full-service engagement agency appoints Stephen McIntosh as its head of experiential to oversee activations.

In pictures: SOTI Directors Dinner

In pictures: SOTI Directors Dinner

C&IT welcomed directors from the top 50 agencies at the Savoy, in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board.

Venues, hotels and activities in Latin America

Venues, hotels and activities in Latin America

From exploring the famous ancient ruins in Peru to five-star Art Deco luxury by the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro

Why organisations need a mental health champion

Why organisations need a mental health champion

Forward-thinking companies need to address mental health according to advice from Ashfield Meetings & Events and SPARK THINKING.

New London office and senior hires for Seventa Events

New London office and senior hires for Seventa Events

Three new team members join the agency at its new Tobacco Dock headquarters.

Why good lighting at events is so important

Why good lighting at events is so important

Rob Myer, managing director at Light Fantastic, explains why theatrical expertise is helpful for lighting events.

Inspirational Venues & Events hires operational director

Inspirational Venues & Events hires operational director

Inspirational Venues & Events has appointed Amina Bentamoune as operations director.

LATEST JOBS