What is IFB 2014?

The International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014 is the largest global concentration of business events during 2014. The 50-day festival runs across 7 weeks in June and July and will attract business delegates and trade intermediaries from around the world.

IFB 2014 offers you the choice of more than 150 business-focused events of all shapes and sizes, spanning seven broad IFB 2014 themes:

  • Cities, Enterprise and Urban Business
  • Creative and Digital Industries
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Higher/Further Education and Research
  • Low Carbon and Renewables
  • Manufacturing, Science and Technology
  • Maritime, Logistics and Energy

IFB 2014 is very ambitious. It is a key part of the government's target of rebalancing the economy and achieving its export and investment objectives.

A festival like this has never been held before. IFB 2014 isn’t a talking shop - it’s a chance for you to develop your business. We are placing an explicit focus on creating new international and domestic business-to-business relationships and commercial openings for small, medium and large UK companies.

A different kind of business trip

As part of this once in-a-generation business festival experience, we’re also putting on a fantastic Cultural Programme (IFB Culture) to entertain you during your stay in Liverpool.

We really want you to enjoy your time at IFB 2014. Your Host City: Liverpool is creative, vibrant and culturally rich with something for everyone, whatever your age or interests; why not bring your family or friends and turn your IFB 2014 business trip into a ‘working city break to remember?

Find out more about the IFB Cultural Programme
Find out more about your Host City: Liverpool

What you can expect at IFB 2014

  • More than 150 business-focused events in Liverpool and across the North of England during June and July 2014. Events on offer range from major international conventions, exhibitions and conferences, to product/process launches and demonstrations, master-classes, seminars, and workshops, awards ceremonies, dinners, business breakfasts and a host of ‘meet the buyer’ events. Take a look at the IFB 2014 Events Calendar
  • At each event meet exhibiting companies, experts, trade bodies, intermediaries and delegates and find new ideas and contacts to help develop your business and trade
  • Hear from pioneers of business from every industry and level in the UK and beyond
  • Enjoy art galleries, museums, theatres, festivals, music, and sport as part of your IFB 2014 itinerary.
  • Access a wide range of high-value services, facilities and business opportunities available for free during the festival, including those on offer within the IFB Hub, located at the heart of Liverpool’s historic waterfront*
  • An opportunity to be matched up with potential customers, suppliers and investors through IFB 2014’s free business brokerage service*
  • Access to 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*
  • Trade delegations and international buyers from around the world in and around 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*
  • Access to UK and International business opportunities ‘bulletin boards’*
  • Bringing together UK and international customers, agents, joint venture partners, suppliers, outsourcing or investment opportunities*

*available as part of IFB 2014’s free business brokerage service.

IFB Business Brokerage

One of IFB 2014’s prime objectives is to foster new business relationships and opportunities that may in time lead to direct commercial trade and investment outcomes for UK companies of all sizes, across all sectors. We have therefore 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. To access the service and receive your free business matching opportunities, you firstly need to register for IFB Business Club membership. Once registered, in addition to gaining access to fantastic benefits including access to The Hub, you will also receive guidance on how to start using IFB Business Brokerage services.

Register to join the IFB Business Club today to take advantage of these unique business opportunities.

IFB Business Club

By joining the IFB Business Club you gain access to a wide range of high-value services, facilities and business opportunities for free during the festival, including those on offer within the IFB Hub, located at the heart of Liverpool’s historic waterfront:

  • IFB 2014 delegate, visitor and programme information
  • Transport links around the city
  • Free Wi-Fi and access to the members’ lounge
  • Meeting spaces available to book
  • International trading floor to facilitate trade and investment meetings
  • Ongoing programme of free trade, investment, market and sector events
  • Accredited media centre
  • Access to a comprehensive range of business support and advice
  • Access to IFB’s unique and free business brokerage services

Find out more about the IFB Business Club
Register to join the IFB Business Club

How to register for IFB 2014 events

The majority of individual IFB 2014 events are autonomous commercial events in their own right – to find out how to register for a particular event, please go to the IFB 2014 Events Calendar, select the event(s) you are interested in and follow the booking instructions for each event.

IFB Business Club Member