All aboard the business fast track with Virgin trains

Virgin Trains today announced a special 20% discount of Advance Fares for Business Club members of the International Festival for Business (IFB), the 50-day showcase of British industry being held in Liverpool and the North West in June and July.

From Wednesday 9 April and throughout the festival, Business Club members attending IFB will be able to take advantage of this exclusive 20% discount off Advance Fares and book rail tickets to this summer’s Festival by joining the IFB Business Club at

Travelling to Liverpool by Virgin Trains couldn’t be easier, with 16 direct services from London to Liverpool every day and an average journey time of just 2hrs 13 minutes.

Those travelling in groups of ten or more people, interested in an exclusive carriage or even an entire train, can take advantage of a group booking service for all businesses and event organisers taking part in IFB, by contacting Virgin Trains Group booking line: 0207 983 8083.

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, rebalance the economy and double British exports by 2020.


Focusing on key industries ranging from manufacturing, science & technology to maritime, logistics & energy, and from professional & financial services; education, enterprise and digital, IFB will help connect British businesses with new markets, new products and new partners.

The IFB Business Club allows members to access a wide-range of high-value facilities and services for free at the IFB Hub, the nerve-centre of the Festival, where they will be able to connect with other businesses from across the UK and around the world.

A number of international trading organisations will have a full-time presence at the IFB Hub during the course of the Festival, with UKTI and UK Export Finance supporting UK businesses in their global trade ambitions.


Phil Whittingham, Group Finance Director at Virgin Trains, said:”The International Festival for Business is set to be the greatest showcase of British industry in more than a generation, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to Liverpool and the North West.

“We are delighted to support IFB by announcing exclusive discount and charter offers to delegates and Business Club Members, providing them with the fast track to the Festival.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:”We are very proud to be hosting the International Festival for Business this summer and welcome the support of Virgin Trains to help bring business representatives from around the world to the North West.

“Through IFB we aim to attract £100m of direct inward investment for Britain, and with the help of Virgin Trains we look forward to bringing the world to Liverpool and the city region in June and July.”

Max Steinberg CBE, Chairman of IFB, said:”Virgin Trains’ support of IFB is a strong reflection of what we are trying to achieve for British business this summer. I believe those who are coming to IFB should take full advantage of our offers through the Business Club, which is a gateway for them to develop their connections on a global scale and gain advice and insight they might otherwise not have access to.”

IFB will offer unique opportunities for small, medium and large businesses to make international connections, exchange new ideas, promote their products, create new partnerships and seek new sources of finance.

From established events including as Horasis’s Global India Meeting and the British Business Embassy, through to events such as BT’s Global City Leaders Summit and Africa Rising, the Festival has been designed to propel UK industry and broadcast the message of Brand Britain to the world.

To take advantage of the Virgin Trains offer, sign up for free to the IFB Business Club at

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