Liverpool has unveiled its plans for the UK’s International Festival for Business 2014 (IFB 2014) at MIPIM, (MarchÃ© International des Professionels d’Immobilier) the world’s largest property fair in Cannes.
More than 100 key decision makers and business leaders from across the UK and international property sector packed into the Radisson Blu to hear Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson invite them to Liverpool in summer for more than 150 world class business events including several for property.
He said: “IFB is an opportunity to show off the depth of business excellence that exists in Liverpool, the city region and the North West as well as the UK.
“If you are not yet considering IFB, then I ask you to do so, because like MIPIM in March it will be the place internationally to do business in June and July and is for anyone who wants to take their business large or small, to the next level and every sector is covered including property.”
Max Steinberg CBE, chair of IFB 2014, also spoke, outlining the key property offer at IFB, including PlaceEXPO in Liverpool’s commercial district which is a dedicated property campus for the duration of the festival and the UK Property Forum, a national and international platform for property developers, investors, agents and architects, taking place July 1-2.
UK Property Forum is supported by the British Property Federation whose chief executive Liz Peace will be attending IFB and was the keynote speaker at the IFB MIPIM event.
She said: “The more I looked into it (IFB 2014) I realised it was a fantastic opportunity – not just for Liverpool but for the whole of the UK. And the fact that you get the UK to focus on Liverpool as that point for inward investment, business activity and culture I think is absolutely terrific. I see Liverpool IFB as very much the opportunity to stress that the whole of the UK is open for business.”
Liverpool has returned to MIPIM for the first time since 2011 to promote IFB 2014, SUPERPORT, £11bn of development projects, as well as the city’s commerce, creativity and connections.