International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016)

Published on Wednesday 30 March, 2016 by Charlotte Knight



The International Festival for Business 2016 is a global marketplace, bringing together delegates from around the world to create connections, share ideas and do business. Part of Exporting is GREAT, IFB2016 is three weeks of events, networking and deal-making which will take place at the purpose built Exhibition Centre Liverpool, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).


  • 13th June - 1st July
  • Exhibition Centre, Liverpool


 Over 70 high quality events focussing on three key sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Digital and Creative

The world’s biggest Meet the Buyer event - over 7500 appointments available with international buyers, advisers and investors.

A bespoke digital matching service to introduce businesses to potential customers.

A dedicated trading floor at the festival where experts from across the world will come together to support new trade and investment.

The GREAT British Showcase - a major exhibition featuring the UK's most advanced innovations, products and technology.



Over 35,000 UK and International delegates are expected at IFB 2016 giving businesses access to thousands of meetings and potential deals. GREAT's delivery network in 144 countries will attract the world's smartest business leaders and thousands of top international companies. Free professional advice from experts in international trade, logistics, legal, banking, finance and more.


Register now for IFB’s Business Club at This is your free ticket into the festival and provides access to exclusive benefits during the run-up to the festival, including a range of free business support services.

  • Download the IFB2016 flyer here.
  • For more information visit the IFB2016 website.
  • Or follow them on Twitter.


With an expected 30,000 delegates from around the world, IFB2016 offers unprecedented access to national and international buyers, advisors and investors. Backed by HM Government and in partnership with UK Trade & Investment and the GREAT campaign, IFB2016 is a highlight of the 2016 business calendar, and eligible companies will be able to access funding from the ‘TRAVEL to TRADE’ programme.

‘TRAVEL to TRADE’ has been set up to help organisations bring delegations to IFB2016, ensuring that businesses from across the UK are able to benefit from the many opportunities the festival presents. Up to £150 per company and IFB2016 sponsor packages are available for delegations comprising a minimum of 5 companies each.

  • Download more information about Travel to Trade here.
  • Download an application form for Travel to Trade here.


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