Downtown at the IBF 2018

Over 200 delegates attended the special Downtown in Business conference as part of the International Business Festival 2018 earlier this week.

Among a range of top speakers on the day were Regional Mayors Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region), Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester) and Andy Street (West Midlands. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and Lord Heseltine also addressed the Festival audience.

The Downtown conference enjoyed contributions from Sir Howard Bernstein and property entrepreneur Tom Bloxham, who focussed on the issue of Devolution.

The future of work space/Living space was discussed by Arcadis Director Louise Brooke-Smith and Peel Development Director Richard Mawdsley; whilst entrepreneur and investor Scott Fletcher wowed in the final session, as he reflected on his journey from a start-up to a £200m plus business.

The day- long conference had kicked off at the Pullman hotel for an early morning session in association with Wirral Waters and the Wirral Growth Company. The future of Liverpool & Wirral waters saw a panel of experts discuss the investment markets appetite and the dynamics of the market and the opportunity this project presents for the Wirral.

Richard Mawdsley was joined by Wirral Leader Phil Davies, and Investment expert Simon Williams of Paribas to present the Billion Pound initiative on Liverpool’s Left Bank.

Commenting on the Day, Downtown boss Frank McKenna said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the International Business Festival. More importantly, we were able to bring to our members the opportunity to see some of the UKs leading decision-makers; and some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs all in the space of eight hours.

“The support of the IBF, the Wirral Growth Company and Wirral Waters contributed greatly to a very positive event.”

The Festival will run in Liverpool for a further two weeks. Contact Downtown in Business for further details.

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