MM_LOGOWelcome to the dedicated Maritime, Logistics and Energy thematic website for the International Festival for Business 2014.The extensive, and growing, list of events on this site formed the basis of a considered and comprehensive programme that showcased our sector in all its breadth and rich diversity, and marks the start of new and increased trade opportunities for the UK.Liverpool is a city founded on its maritime mercantile history, with longstanding and deeply forged connections to a global market. It is, I believe, a perfect host city for IFB 2014.

Our members and partners have risen magnificently – with an enthusiasm that seems to be hard-wired into the DNA of Liverpool people – to the challenge of working with us which created a programme of events that drew in visiting delegates from every corner of the world. And despite many months of planning, this was just the tip of the iceberg as UK businesses become increasingly aware of the opportunities of getting involved.

I am delighted that Mersey Maritime is working in partnership with Shipping Innovation Ltd who are fully committed to bringing their experience, expertise and market knowledge to Liverpool which made the Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic the huge success it was.

We see IFB 2014 as the business equivalent of the 2012 London Olympics; and, with your backing and that of the excellent festival delivery team at Liverpool Vision, Maritime, Logistics and Energy within the IFB, was the highlight of 2014.


Jim Teasdale

Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime Group

silogoIt gave us great pleasure to work with Mersey Maritime on the International Festival for Business and, in particular, on the Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic. Both Petrospot and Elaborate Communications – joint venture partners of Shipping Innovation and co-founders of London International Shipping Week – are firmly entrenched in the maritime, logistics and energy sectors and pulled out all the stops to make the IFB in Liverpool a huge success. Liverpool has a fabulous maritime history and the enormous investment flowing into the city today amply demonstrates that it also has a brilliant future. With the new infrastructure being built and more container, cruise and other vessels calling at Liverpool, the port will continue to thrive and its importance to UK economy will become ever more apparent. With its road and rail connections – and the Manchester Ship Canal – Liverpool is superbly positioned to spearhead a growth in trade, while the surrounding region is fully engaged in developing the energies of the future.

Sean Moloney & Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes

Directors, Shipping Innovation Ltd