DWF, which has its founding office in Liverpool, will play a key role in the development of the festival’s programme of activity, which is designed to deliver inspiration, expertise and connections for businesses that are looking to grow.
The high-profile event is backed by the Department for International Trade, and will bring together business delegates from around the world enabling them to build valuable professional relationships. The Festival also aims to provide a platform for facilitating international trade and business growth in particular, by helping companies access new markets and extend and diversify their global network.
Each day of the programme is themed according to a particular high-growth sector, including manufacturing, sustainable energy, global logistics and shipping, and health and life sciences, and this year organisers have already set an ambitious £1bn trade and investment target.
Alongside a Knowledge Hub, which will offer businesses expert sessions on accessing finance and reaching new global markets, the Festival will also feature an International Marketplace where exhibitors can have the opportunity to share their services, projects and opportunities to buyers, investors and company delegates across the festival floor.
DWF, which has just this year opened new offices in Italy, Australia, Singapore and North America, will be a corporate sponsor of the 2018 International Business Festival and is the Official Day Partner for the Future Transportation theme day on 19th June.
DWF Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland comments: “As a growing international business, we are focused on building our global network and identifying strategic growth and relationship opportunities, and the festival is exactly the type of place where we can achieve that. More broadly, the festival is also a fantastic vehicle for delivering trade and investment into the economy and showcases the important role that businesses across the globe play in driving innovation across all sectors. Liverpool is DWF's original headquarters, and I can think of no better city, with its enduring heritage of enterprise and cultural impact, for this exciting event to take place.”
Max Steinberg CBE, chair of the 2018 International Business Festival, said: “DWF’s commitment to the Festival demonstrates the importance successful businesses are putting on the event. In 2018 we are building a programme that is bigger and better than ever before for the benefit of ambitious small and medium sized businesses and that’s why the support of our valued partners is so important. Not only will delegates have access to sector specific thought leadership to inform and inspire them to take the next step on their growth journey, but they will also be able to connect with buyers, investors and peers from around the world, who can help them make those aspirations a reality.”