From 12 – 28 June 2018, the UK hosts the world’s biggest international business festival. Join 30,000 industry professionals and enter a world of business opportunities.

Hosting more than 40 major global events across 9 high growth sector themed days, the festival will provide you with the knowledge, market insights and vital connections you need to take your business forward.

Be inspired by success and let industry leaders show you how to turn challenges into opportunities. Sharpen your skills and develop focussed, high-performance teams.

Whether you’re exploring international market opportunities, enhancing your product offer, securing scale-up finance or looking to get your product or service in front of global buyers, the festival is an enlightening and comprehensive gateway to future business growth.

Attend as a visitor or showcase your product to potential UK and International investors and buyers with a marketplace exhibition stand, take action today for your business of tomorrow.





MARINE AUTONOMY 19th June 2018

Organised by The Society of Maritime Industries, this full, one-day event will be centred around presentations from six experts in their fields. It will feature panel discussions and Q&A sessions, covering the impact of autonomy on the shipping industry - one of the fastest growing technologies in the maritime industry. The event will highlight current and future autonomous platforms, effective ship-shore communications for autonomy and adopting common autonomous system standards.


The Quest for Autonomy in Future Sea Transport' Seminar is held during the 2018 International Business Festival on Tuesday 19th June 2018 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, L3 4PF.


The price per delegate, which includes attendance at the presentations at this seminar, refreshments, buffet luncheon and drinks reception and free daily access to the festival centre during 3 weeks from 12-28 June 2018 is: £125 + UK 20% VAT (Total £150).



The seminar will be centred on presentations from six experts in their fields, with panel discussions and Q&A sessions with the audience:


0800-1000 Registration and networking refreshments.


1030 Conference opens with chairman, Mr Dan Hook, MASG Council Chairman at Society of Maritime Industries

Putting digital technology to work in a harsh commercial climate: Dr Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research

The role of satellite communications as an enabler of digitalisation & autonomy in shipping: Mr Ronald Spithout, President Maritime, Inmarsat


1130 Panel discussion.


1200–1330 Luncheon with networking fork buffet.

The evolving regulatory landscape for autonomy: Ms Katy Ware, Director of Maritime Safety & Standards/UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Safety standards for Autonomous Ship Operation: Mr Edward Fort, Global Head of Engineering & Electro-technical Systems, Lloyd's Register


1430–1500 Mid-afternoon break with networking refreshments.


Fourth industrial revolution powers momentum in smart shipping and ports: Mr Philip Lawson, General Manager, Marine & Ports UK & Ireland/ABB


The ship-owner’s perspective on autonomy in shipping operations: Mr Stephen Brown, Manager Innovation and Technology Implementation/Shell Shipping



autonomous marine transport of the future




Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)
28-29 Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AY
United Kingdom

Clementina Upton - Events Manager, Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) 
T: 0207 448 7023

T: 020 7628 2555 F: 020 7638 4376 E:




Organised by Shipping Innovation Ltd, the International Maritime Forum conference attracts international maritime businesses eager to hear from and meet UK shipping, maritime and supply chain leaders. The event will focus on the importance the Northwest plays in facilitating global trade to and from the UK. It will provide a showcase for the regional maritime businesses and introduce overseas participants major Northwest maritime organisations.







Robotics is on the rise, revolutionising industry and changing the world. Here, through a series of thought-provoking panel debates and live demonstrations, leading scientists and industry experts will examine and present the very latest advancements in robotics.

This awe-inspiring, positive event will highlight how robotics and automation are helping mankind, to make life and work easier, by improving people’s capabilities and spearheading a new, lucrative industry that’s poised to change everything, from popping the shops to complex surgery.







The Automotive Leaders Summit UK, organised by Three6Zero and co-hosted by Jaguar Land Rover, is now in its 10th year. The event is designed to attract logistics service providers, tier suppliers, technology providers, future transportation representatives, government bodies and research bodies. Thought leaders from original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and logistics providers gather to examine supply chain challenges and solutions and to hear about exciting new solutions to some of the issues facing today’s global markets.






The renewable energy sector is growing rapidly. That means big things for all businesses who supply services to this advanced industry. This event is aimed at helping businesses to harness and build upon these exciting developments, examining innovation and highlighting international commercial, technology and R&D collaboration opportunities.



rivers return water to the sea in a cycle




Water is the most important shared resource across all supply chains, yet wastewater is the largest untapped waste category. It’s time to change that. An alternative to the traditional linear economy of make, use and dispose, the circular economy keeps resources in use as long as possible, saving money and reducing waste. This event will highlight the considerable business opportunity of building a circular water economy, helping stakeholders to meet clients and providing a vital shop window for global buyers and thought leaders to learn about UK expertise on the Circular Economy and revolution.



Smart interconnected cities of the future



GLOBAL SMART CITY SUMMIT - 13th - 14th June 2018 

The 2-day Smart Cities Realised Summit will focus on case studies of real and deployed/deployable solutions from cities around the world. Running across the 2 days will also be 5 Mayor’s Challenges – around current issues that cities face, winning companies will get the chance to implement their ideas by signing contracts with the City of Liverpool as well as sharing vital information with all the other cities in attendance. The Summit will feature case studies from global cities including London, Amsterdam, Palo Alto, Milton Keynes, Madrid, Utrecht and Miami.



Brexit, the British-European Union divide 



BREXIT - 12th June 2018

How will Brexit change international business? What preparations should companies be making? As the membership organisation for British chambers of commerce and business groups across Europe, COBCOE is uniquely placed to lead the debate.

This one-day conference will begin with a keynote speech from a UK Government minister and will investigate the threats and opportunities that Brexit brings with discussions by business leaders and key diplomats from across Europe, focusing on the UK’s role as a global springboard for European business amid changing trade patterns. The panels will also look at harnessing opportunities in Emerging Europe and the Commonwealth, as well as China and emerging economies.

The debate will also draw on COBCOE’s pan-European research into the effects of Brexit on European businesses which is now informing the debate for negotiators on both sides and national governments.



Seaford Head and the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs




This jam-packed, one-day conference for tourism industry professionals covers all aspects of today’s travel and tourism industry. It focusses on all the major industries within the sector, including hospitality, airlines, cruise, online agents and tour operators. It also highlights the latest developments within supporting sectors, that play a vital role in the industry, such as marketing, media, digital, technology, government and association sub-sectors.

This conference, organised by Cheeky Monkey Media, will provide delegates with a greater understanding of the opportunities that exist for both inbound and outbound tourism professionals, both now and in the future. It will also present insights from leading authorities from both within and outside the travel and tourism sector. We're also proud to say that this comprehensive and ambitious event will also be the first dedicated tourism conference held as part of our International Business Festival.







HRH PRINCE WILLIAM - I am pleased to announce my patronage of the 2018 International Business Festival and I very much look forward to seeing the event myself in June. I trust it will be an unqualified success .."




THERESA MAY - "I am pleased to express my continued support, and the continued support of the UK Government, for the International Business Festival. In 2018, the event will provide unparalleled access to trade and investment opportunities .."


















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