IFB professional services events unveiled

IFB 2014The UK's International Festival for Business, being held in Liverpool this summer, has revealed details of events for the week dedicated to the knowledge, professional and financial sectors.

The events will bring together representatives and speakers from accountancy, law, security and investment, health and property. Further events for the themed week are expected to be confirmed before the festival begins in June.

The first round of events and their partners include:

Business Ethics, Human Rights and Rule of Law – organised by National Law Society, 19 June 2014

Business Futures Conference – ICAEW, 1 July

The Chartered Institute of Security and Investment Annual Conference – 3 July

Health is Wealth Conference ­- Liverpool Health Partners, 26 June – 3 July

UK Property Forum – British Property Federation and others, 1 – 2 July

Federation of Small Business' National Council – FSB, 1 – 3 July 2014

National Investment Summit and Awards Dinner – UK Business Angels Association, 1 – 2 July

International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) 5th International Banking and Finance Forum – 2 – 3 July

Leading Across Cultures – 3 July

The events will be held at various venues across the city, including Liverpool Town Hall, the Anglican Cathedral and the IFB Hub at Mann Island.

Max Steinberg, chairman of IFB 2014, said: "Showcasing the strength of the UK's financial and professional services industries has always been a priority in our plans for IFB. The events offer a rare opportunity to gain some valuable insight from some key personalities and industry thought-leaders. We've enlisted the support of some high-profile organisations and the diversity of the line-up really offers something for everybody."

BT is the lead official festival partner for IFB, while CNN International and the Financial Times are the official media partners.

Place North West will be hosting PlaceEXPO at IFB, with a seven week programme to display the skills and assets that the North West property sector has to offer the rest of the world.

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An event on business ethics – in Liverpool? You couldn’t make this up. What would Vision and the Council know about business ethics, given they actively act to the detriment of many Liverpool businesses

By John Brown

John – whilst I respect your opinion, I think you are fundamentally wrong. Those teams are working very hard to deliver a unique event. Devisive comments are not helpful and are symbolic of the 80’s not 2014. Please look up and not down and support. Personal agendas and opinions should be left at the door for the good of the City.

By Adrian

John whilst your city waits for handouts from Whitehall, Liverpool looks internationally to attract business, and at present is looking very successful in attracting big names , and I couldn’t think of another better city outside London to host this major event

By Ronnie

Just for the record Ronnie I am from Liverpool, I welcome any investment in the city but fail to see how the public sector through Vision and the Council – neither of whom have a shred of understanding of the difficulties of building and retaining a business, or of supporting business growth in any tangible way – have the expertise to achieve this. Maybe I will be proved wrong, but my view is that the IFB will be a nice jolly while it lasts with little long-term benefit to our great city. Remember the Entrepreneurship Congress – any lasting effect of that beano for example?

By John Brown

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