IFB 2014 launches IFB Business Club

Fantastic Festival support for businesses large and small

The International Festival for Business 2014 has launched the IFB Business Club, through which members can enjoy free access to a wide range of fantastic facilities and high value services during the 50-day festival.

The festival nerve-centre, the IFB Hub, is located at Liverpool’s iconic and historic waterfront and is the place where the many benefits of IFB Business Club membership will be accessed.

Members will have the unique opportunity to gain valuable business advice via one-to-one appointments and business brokerage sessions with specialists in particular sectors and markets.

Advisors will come from a range of key bodies, including UKTI; CBI; British Chambers of Commerce; the manufacturers’ organisation EEF; the Federation of Small Businesses; as well as International Promotion Agencies, Financial, Legal and Professional Services and IFB partner organisations. Individual brokerage sessions will cover all aspects of international trade and export, focusing on supporting SMEs in particular to expand their business into international markets.

In addition to gaining access to business brokerage sessions, IFB Business Club members will enjoy a host of festival facilities, including IFB programme information, access to transport links, free Wi-Fi, free hot-desk facilities and meeting spaces, use of an IFB trading floor, an ongoing programme of free trade, investment and market and sector events.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: "At the heart of our vision for the festival was how businesses from across Liverpool city region and the UK could benefit from a 50-day festival with a truly international scope.

"It is the IFB Hub that realises this ambition and the IFB Business Club is the essence of the festival, through which all businesses, large and small, can move to the next level."

Max Steinberg, chair of IFB 2014, added: “By becoming a member, your business requirements will be pinpointed very quickly enabling us to put you in front of the right people, whether for advice on IP from lawyers, for example, or sitting down with UK or international buyers, investors or suppliers and doing deals.

“We had a small business club at World Expo in Shanghai and since 2010 it has generated millions of pounds’ worth of contracts for members and I am absolutely confident we will surpass that at IFB.”

How to join IFB 2014’s free IFB Business Club
You can
register now to join the IFB Business Club and take advantage of these unique and free business opportunities.

The IFB App
As a registered IFB Business Club member you will also gain free access to the IFB App in order to personalise and maximise your festival experience. The IFB App will be available to download from April 2014.

IFB Business Brokerage
One of IFB 2014’s prime objectives is to foster new business relationships and opportunities that may lead to direct commercial trade and investment outcomes for UK companies of all sizes, across all sectors. The IFB 2014 team have created a number of mechanisms to facilitate matching up potential customers, suppliers and investors both before and during IFB 2014. This service is called IFB Business Brokerage and is free of charge. Opportunities available include:

  • Numerous individual IFB 2014 events with an explicit focus on ‘meet the buyer’ (both UK and international) and on brokering new B2B contacts, e.g. UKTI’s seven target market events focusing on Africa, Benelux/EU, China/Hong Kong, India, Latin America, South East Asia and the US
  • The opportunity to network with trade delegations and international buyers from around the world at the IFB Hub and associated introductions to potential international investors and supply partners
  • B2B meeting slots with senior buyers from more than 20 of the largest corporates in the UK
  • UK and international business opportunities "bulletin board"

For full details of the free International and UK Business Brokerage service available to IFB Business Club members please visit:

IFB Business Brokerage is free of charge. Join the IFB Business Club today to take advantage of these unique business opportunities