Business leaders back Britain’s ambitions for growth

First ambassadors announced for International Festival for Business 2016

Prominent entrepreneurs and leaders within Britain’s business community have today pledged their support for the International Festival for Business (IFB) 2016.

The unveiling of the new cohort of ambassadors for IFB2016 comes as new data shows the inaugural festival was directly responsible for more than £280 million worth of deals and sales.

Backed by HM Government, IFB2016 is the world’s biggest business festival. It will bring together thousands of global businesses, providing a platform for companies to connect and conduct international commerce. Put simply it is a global marketplace where deals are done.

Announced today, the first wave of IFB2016 Ambassadors:

• Kelly Hoppen MBE, Interior Designer
• Wayne Hemingway MBE, Co-Founder, Red or Dead and Hemingway Design
• Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL, Founder, Cobra Beer
• Will Butler-Adams OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Brompton Bicycles
• Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS, Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield
• Manish Madhvani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, GP Bullhound
• Claire Braithwaite, Head, Tech North

They join world-leading business organisations that have already partnered with the festival, including HSBC, DLA Piper, Heathrow, Siemens, PWC and Virgin Trains.

The ambassadors’ unveiling comes as new data demonstrates the impact of the inaugural Festival. The first comprehensive evaluation report’s highlights found:

• More than £280 million of total investment deals and export sales
• More than 6,000 jobs have been created by IFB participants, a figure expected to rise to 8,000
• More than 2,000 companies secured domestic sales worth hundreds of millions of pounds
• More than 600 companies secured export sales worth more than £80 million
• More than 150 companies signed investment deals worth £200 million

IFB2014 was a global showcase for great British business and the largest business festival in the world this year. The 50-day festival in Liverpool attracted 68,600 business attendees from 92 countries at 415 event.

Next summer’s festival follows the success of the inaugural IFB in 2014, which produced more than £200m of investment deals and new export sales totaling more than £80m were the direct result of introductions and connections facilitated by the event.

As a global showcase for great British industries and sectors, the festival is a key date in the UK and international business calendar commencing on 13 June 2016. It will focus on three key sectors that are transforming the business landscape of Britain and beyond, including: manufacturing; creative & digital; and energy and environment.

Max Steinberg CBE, Chair of IFB2016, said:

“With the backing of UK government and support of such reputable business leaders, the International Festival for Business 2016 will undoubtedly be the greatest global business showcase of next year.

“The UK’s hidden business gems will come together to define the future of international business – showcasing the best Britain has to offer and forging long lasting global business relationships. Our ambassadors will play a crucial role in ensuring the legacy and impact of IFB2016.”

Source: IFB 2016

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