By Claire West

Liverpool will tomorrow make its pitch to the world as a global centre for business, at the London Preview of the International Festival for Business.

Taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster on Monday 25 February, the London Preview will unveil plans for next year’s International Festival for Business, which will be held in Liverpool in June and July 2014.

At the London Preview, event partner Clarion will announce the first raft of key events that will form the backbone of the International Festival for Business. The Preview will also include an exhibition of Britain’s greatest brands, including Morgan Motors, Penguin Books, Brompton Bicycle and Dulux.

Speakers at the London Preview will include:

• Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO Tesco
• Lord Green, UK Trade & Investment Minister
• Lord Bilimoria, Chairman of Cobra Beer
• Charles Morgan, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company
• Julie Meyer MBE, CEO of Ariadne Capital
• Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool
• Justin Webb, Presenter, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
• Max Steinberg, CEO Liverpool Vision

The International Festival for Business 2014 will be a global showcase of British Industry, delivering hundreds of world-class events in the Liverpool city region.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson commented:

“We are immensely proud that Liverpool will host the International Festival for Business 2014. The Festival will highlight the important role of major cities and city regions in driving economic growth, which is vital for Britain’s recovery. As host city of the International Festival for Business in 2014, Liverpool will consolidate its position as a world-class hub for business.”

Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, commented:

“We are thrilled to be unveiling plans for the International Festival for Business 2014 on behalf of the UK. This event will be Britain’s biggest global showcase since the London 2012 Games. With such a stellar lineup of speakers and supporters, the Festival will show the world that Liverpool is Britain at its best.”

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