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International Festival of Business a ‘golden opportunity’
Tuesday 26th February, 2013

International Festival of Business a ‘golden opportunity’ to showcase UK small firms to the world, says FSB

Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan Chairman, John Allan, attends London launch event

John Allan, Chairman of FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan, has called the International Festival of Business, which will be held in Liverpool next year, a ‘golden opportunity’ to showcase the UK’s small firms to the world.

Mr Allan attended yesterday’s launch event at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London, which was hosted by Lord Green, the Minister for Trade and Investment.

Speakers included the Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, former Tesco Chief Executive Sir Terry Leahy, Lord Bilimoria CBE, the founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer, Julie Meyer MBE, the founder and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital and founder of Entrepreneur Country and First Tuesday, and the Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, Charles Morgan.

John Allan said: “Export markets offer great potential for the UK and the International Festival of Business will be a golden opportunity for small firms to showcase the value, diversity and innovation they bring to the economy.

“Relatively few small businesses have embraced exporting in the past, despite the exciting growth opportunities it can bring.

“Often, the difficulties are seen as being cultural as much as financial so I hope this event can guide small UK firms and foreign businesses and investors in the right direction, break down the barriers that exist and help create prosperity through international trade.

“While the festival will be a multi-national event all eyes will be on Liverpool as the host city. Now the focus is on delivery. Liverpool really is a world class brand and the festival is a tremendous opportunity to remind the world we are this and so much more.”

The International Festival of Business, which has been endorsed by the Prime Minister, is a key part of the UK government's strategy to double UK export growth by 2020, is expected to attract 250,000 people from across the world, and £100 million in investment, to the city.

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