International Festival for Business signs Karren Brady as keynote

Karren Brady CBE, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United FC and star of The Apprentice has been signed as one of three keynote speakers for the International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014. The news follows Brady’s keynote presentation at a packed theatre at International Confex last week.

Brady joins fashion guru Wayne Hemingway and Ultimo founder Michelle Mone in speaking at the IFB’s signature Accelerate 2014 event in the summer. Accelerate will be hosted by TV journalist and foreign affairs expert Krishnan Guru-Murphy.

Brady said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in Accelerate 2014. The UK’s fast-growth firms are the ones transforming communities and countries all over the world with their ambition and performance and it is imperative that we lend them the continued inspiration and support they need. I am thrilled to be a part of IFB and I can’t wait to meet the stock of talented businesses that will be there.”

IFB organisers have confirmed a wide range of events to demonstrate the diversity of the UK’s fast-growth community when the world comes to Liverpool and the North West this summer.

Other event highlights to focus on the UK’s fast-growth economy include:

  • Africa Rising – 10-12 June: A high-profile conference that provides a platform for African businesses and countries, Africa Rising will act as a route into the continent’s fast-growth economy
  • Grow Your Own Talent – 8-9 July: This event will showcase the different employment opportunities for fast-growing firms
  • International Trade Expo – 10-11 June: Aiming to attract upwards of 3,000 delegates, the event will target SMEs looking to export and help them reach their high-growth potential by connecting them with emerging markets
  • The Power of the Global Network – 15-16 July: A two-day conference with breakout sessions and a gala dinner that connects businesses across a range of sectors to stimulate the growth in UK exports
  • Like Minds – 17-18 July: Voted one of the 10 best ideas festivals in the world, Like Minds will provide a platform for participants to engage with each other, discuss new ideas and forge new connections to help make those ideas happen.

Comprised of more than 200 world-class events running throughout June and July, IFB is a key part of the government’s ambition to promote economic growth and re-balance the economy. Backed by UKTI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the CBI, and with BT and Santander as lead corporate sponsors, the Festival will help connect British businesses with new markets, new partners and new products, in a major push to double UK exports by 2020 and to increase inward investment into the UK.

Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “If we are going to meet the target of doubling exports by 2020, we need to be backing the businesses that are going to get us there. This means creating opportunities for our fast-growth companies to make the connections that will feed their lofty ambitions.

“IFB is going to give the UK economy the shot in the arm it needs, but it’s events like Accelerate 2014 that will provide the sizzle needed to make it count.”

The IFB will comprise 50-days worth of world-class events designed to propel UK industry and broadcast the message of Brand Britain.

Photo: courtesy of Woman & Home.

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Paul Colston

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