Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham say the June festival on the waterfront will offer North West businesses the ‘world on their doorstep’ and they urged them to attend. Tony McDonough reports
This summer’s International Business Festival in Liverpool will offer local businesses the “world on their doorstep” and represents a “fantastic opportunity” says Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.
Mr Rotheram has joined forces with his Greater Manchester counterpart, Andy Burnham, to urge firms across the North West to take part in the event, taking place on Liverpool’s waterfront from June 12 to 28.
The 2018 International Business Festival will be the third held in the city after events in 2014 and 2016. Both festivals saw thousands of delegates flock to Liverpool from around the world and has delivered an estimated half a billion pounds in trade and investment.
This year’s festival will focus on key growth industries including life sciences, manufacturing and the creative sector and the mayors say it offers a huge opportunity for local businesses to establish global connections.
Speaking to an audience of around 100 North West business leaders at the offices of law firm DWF in Manchester, Mr Rotheram said: “The goal of delivering inclusive economic growth that works for everyone in the Liverpool city region – and Greater Manchester – is only achievable through an entrepreneurial, innovative and successful private sector.
“This dynamic event gives businesses across the North West the opportunity to access the world on their doorstep. I would urge any firm wanting to make the next step to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.”
The event was supported by business organisations the CBI, FSB and IoD and the metro mayors were were quizzed by Vimto maker Nichol’s chief executive and regional CBI chair Marnie Millard on the challenges and priorities for businesses in the region over the next few years.
Mr Burnham added: “Greater Manchester and Liverpool are two devolved administrations which are primed and ready to make decisions on regional issues that can truly make the difference people need.
“But we cannot do this alone – we need the support of the business and private sectors in the North West to kick-start growth and help create a thriving local economy.
“I’m looking forward to attending the 2018 International Business Festival where companies will be presenting exciting plans for the future and sharing advice and insight as everyone works towards economic success.”
Chair of International Business Festival Max Steinberg also used the event to announce the 2018 Festival’s exciting programme of speakers, including Designer Wayne Hemingway, ARM Holdings chief executive Simon Segars and Siemens chief executive Juergen Maier.