International Festival for Business launched

Published:  11 June, 2014

A prosthetic foot, a replacement knee and the winglet of a jet plane were just some of the highlights of British manufacturing that were on hand to greet Government ministers and global business leaders at the official launch of the International Festival for Business (IFB) in Liverpool, says EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The launch took place at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, where UK Trade & Investment is hosting The British Business Embassy. Manufacturers will be taking centre stage with the Embassy spotlighting Britain’s strength in manufacturing, advanced engineering, automotive and aerospace, reflecting the UK’s leading position in these fields, as well as demonstrating how we continue to compete on a global stage.

On display will be an Embraer Phenom 300 business jet winglet and a Boeing 737 main landing gear door, both provided by Aeromet International. Chas A Blatchford and Sons Ltd, which has been providing prosthetic care in the UK for nearly 125 years, will be displaying an Elan foot and Orion knee.

Xtrac, recognised as the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of transmission systems, used in, for example, Formula One and rally cars, will be exhibiting an FI gearbox and hydraulics system. EEF will also be displaying iconic images of modern manufacturing - winning entries from its annual photography competition.

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, says: “The IFB is a once-in–a-lifetime opportunity to showcase and celebrate the strength and vibrancy of British business. As one of Britain’s biggest success stories, employing 2.6 million people and accounting for 11% of GDP, manufacturing has a starring role to play.

“The products and images on display at the British Business Embassy are iconic and a snapshot of some of the best of British manufacturing. They demonstrate the ingenuity, creativity and diversity at the heart of ‘Make it Britain’, setting the scene for what this important festival is all about and instilling a sense of pride. They send out a strong message to the world about Britain’s trading capabilities and are a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of the host city, Liverpool, too.”

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