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High profile speakers to kick off IFB2016

The International Festival for Business (IFB2016) gets underway in Liverpool today with over 30,000 delegates from 100 countries expected to attend the three-week long event.

A number of high profile speakers will feature on the first day of the festival including Lord O’Neill, Lord Heseltine and two senior government ministers.

The business secretary Sajid Javid will reportedly be joined by keynote speaker Chancellor George Osborne to open the event which aims to showcase British innovation and expertise to a global audience.

Former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy, Ian Stuart of HSBC, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, CEO of Dyson Max Conze, CEO of Heathrow John Holland-Kay and co-founder of Skype Jaan Tallin will also be present on day one of the festival.

Split into three themed weeks which focus on industries within advanced manufacturing, energy and environment, and creative and digital, IFB2016 will also feature the Blue Skies programme, a selection of thought provoking sessions with early evening talks from business leaders, statesmen, entrepreneurs and thinkers to end each day.

The biggest festival of its kind anywhere in the world, the IFB2016 is part of the government’s efforts to boost exports and increase inward investment and is a major platform for UK innovation. The inaugural Festival in 2014 generated £280 million of investment deals and exports sales.

Max Steinberg CBE, chair of IFB2016 says: “IFB2016 will be the biggest festival of its type in the world. It builds on the exceptional success of the inaugural festival in 2014 and promises to be even more exciting.

“Packed into three weeks we have an exceptional array of eighty events, thought provoking talks on the Blue Skies stage and a GREAT British Showcase that highlights the best UK innovation, design and creativity.

“Starting today the festival will be a place where ideas are shared, connections made and deals done.”

Move Commercial will be on the ground at the event today – keep an eye on our Twitter account @MoveCommercial for the latest updates.