Grand Depart International Business Festival forges economic legacy

An International Business Festival (IBF) to bring senior decision-makers from industry, government, enterprise and academia together alongside the Tour de France Grand Départ (2-4 July) is set to define a world-beating, legacy approach to foreign and domestic investment, whilst generating millions in new business, say the event organisers.

Leading panellists have been brought together for the sector-led delegate programme by Leeds and Partners in association with UK Trade and Investment.  The agenda has been planned to build investment ambitions, facilitate networking with key commercial figureheads and create environments for sustainable, high-quality partnerships, raising the profile of the UK among foreign investors.

With a focus on Leeds City Region’s increasing global reach, as it rises up the ranks to secure more investments and a higher market share of developments, the delegate programme will be of particular interest not only for the informative content, high-profile networking and influential speakers, but in its own right for cities that wish to raise the profile of their regional agenda in promoting UK PLC’s future prosperity.

Lurene Joseph, CEO of Leeds and Partners said “The power, performance and passion of the Tour De France Grand Départ provokes intense attention from across the globe, so couple this key sporting event with some of the most innovative business gatherings and you have a heady mix. Leeds City Region is uniquely placed to unlock business growth for the wider economy by leveraging the enthusiasm and momentum to help ensure the nation retains its top spot as the first destination of choice for foreign direct investment in Europe*. The International Business Festival will be a significant catalyst for developing our pipeline of investment deals, pushing existing plans over the line, attracting inward investment and positioning the UK as a preferred destination for business and leisure travellers.”

Events over the four days include:

– a medical and surgical technologies simulation, looking at health innovation

– dedicated investor days for developers and intermediaries

– a Retail Innovation Summit, exploring future trends

– developments in financial and professional services.

The programme culminates in a keynote Economic Conference and the opportunity to experience the excitement of the start of the race at the Grand Départ hospitality in Millennium Square.

To book your place please click here.

To download the pdf brochure with full event details click here.

To view a short summary of the event with a programme overview click here.


Written on 12th June 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Economy, News