Businesses interested in learning more about trade, investment and other commercial opportunities in SOUTHEAST ASIA will want to visit the IFB Hub during the week of 23-27 June. 

Organised in partnership with the UK ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL (, the week will feature a programme of events focused on this strategic region, where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future.

With a particular focus on the SME community the UKABC runs a programme of awareness raising outreach activity aimed at improving understanding of the business opportunities in the ASEAN region, as well as giving practical advice and guidance on how to go about doing business there. The Business Council also provides roundtable and structured business-to-business networking opportunities with senior political and commercial decision makers who are visiting the UK from Southeast Asia.

Outside of the IFB Hub, there is a full programme of conferences and events that delegates with specific interests may wish to attend. These range across various themes and sectors and include the Global University of the 21st Century, Make It Britain Conference, REGEN 2014, the 5th Annual Lean Management Journal European Conference and The Business of Health.

IFB Hub events – South East Asia

  • UKTI Sizzling South East Asia: Unlock Your Business Potential in ASEAN: 24 June
    UKTI seminar aimed at UK businesses considering exporting, setting up or looking to expand their presence across ASEAN. Delegates will learn about the ASEAN Region, hear from UK companies that have successfully exported and learn what government support is available.

IFB Hub events – other themes

  • Isle of Man. Where You Can Accelerate the UK’s Growth in Hi-Tech Manufacturing: 25 June
    This breakfast event, focused on Information & Communication Technologies and Manufacturing, is part of a series of events hosted by the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development to showcase why the Isle of Man is a leading International Business Centre.
  • 21st Century Legal Technology: 25 June
    Distinguished speakers will explore the growing impact of digital technology on the traditional world of legal practice, the implications for their technology suppliers, and the emergence of the ‘legal technologist’.
  • Living Cities Challenge: 26 June
    Organised by UKTI in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), this event will feature architectural practices presenting innovative concept designs on selected urban spaces to live audiences in the UK and the USA.
  • Regions of Opportunity: 27 June
    PwC panel event focusing on the unique issues facing regional businesses.

South East Asia Country Guides

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) provides Country Guides outlining opportunities in South East Asian markets: visit for more information.

IFB Hub Exhibitors

In addition to attending events, visitors to the IFB Hub will be able to discuss opportunities and seek advice from a range of exhibitors including:

The Law Society of England and Wales:


UK ASEAN Business Council:

The Isle of Man Department of Economic Development:

Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS):

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce/British Chambers of Commerce:

University of Chester:

Leather Satchel Co:

UK Trade and Investment:

Maersk Line:

Confederation of British Industry (CBI):

Institute of Directors (IoD):

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB):

EEF – the Manufacturers’ Organisation:

Trade Association Forum (TAF):

Exhibitors will be happy to have one-to-one meetings with delegates to discuss specific matters and areas of interest. To arrange a one-to-one appointment with one or more of the Exhibitors, please contact Anne Marie Kerwin at

Other Festival Events

Full details of the impressive array of IFB business-focused events, including those taking place outside Liverpool, can be found on the IFB Events Calendar. The following events may be of particular interest:


  • The Global Manufacturing Festival: 24-25 June, Sheffield
    As well as a Conference and Trade Show, the GMF sets out to network SMEs with large global companies such as Siemens, Tata Steel, Boeing and Rolls Royce. It presents a unique opportunity for smaller businesses to understand what’s coming next and how to sell into global markets.
  • EEF Make it Britain Conference in partnership with Siemens: 25 June
    Conference will include sessions focusing on increasing productivity in the UK economy through the application of new technologies, how to make the most of existing talent, the key drivers of manufacturers’ reshoring and real world company examples of overcoming challenges.
  • 5th Annual Lean Management Journal European Conference: 25-26 June
    Experts from industry and academia will explore the application of lean principles in environments from manufacturing to telecommunications. The conference will focus on the key ingredients and considerations that transform operations and instil game changing efficiency improvements.
  • There are several other manufacturing–themed events focusing on issues and opportunities in, for example, the nuclear, biosciences, advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors.


  • Global India Business Meeting (HORASIS): 22-23 June
    The Global India Business Meeting is the foremost annual gathering of Indian business leaders and their global counterparts. The meeting will gather 300 senior decision makers from business and government.
  • REGEN 2014: 25-26 June
    This 2-day Conference and Exhibition will explore and discuss the challenges that face towns and cities as they continue to develop seek to play an ever stronger role in driving regional and national growth.


  • The Global University of the 21st Century: 24-26 June
    This 3-day event will explore the latest in global thinking, bringing together international educators and policymakers to examine how economic changes and diverse demand are affecting the higher education sector at a global level and the creative and innovative ways in which universities are responding.


  • The Business of Health: 26 June–3 July
    A programme of events focusing on a range of key themes including Internationalisation and Health, Stratified Medicine, Digital Health and Health Gain through Research Partnerships. The event is targeted at the Global health sector including business, health education providers and academics.