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International Festival Of Business – North

The International Festival Of Business – North reflects the UK government’s ambitious plans to rebalance the economy, and to promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth fostering prosperity in all parts of the country including the North of England.

During June 2014, The International Festival Of Business will showcase the North’s most vibrant growth sectors and will present international visitors of note. Growth in professional services, knowledge, creative, retail and hospitality replaced the loss of jobs in the traditional port-related and manufacturing industries in the late 20th century. The festival will show this proving Liverpool’s focus to create a true entrepreneurial ecosystem that drives the city to new levels of growth. It will be led by Liverpool Vision.

To realise this, it is essential that more and more businesses in Liverpool receive the right motivation to export, grow, innovate and to attract partners from across the world to transform the city into a true investment hub.

The festival will create the opportunity to promote the city’s vision that the Mersey will once again become the key global trading centre and to create connections with growing economies such as:

  • USA
  • India
  • Europe
  • South America
  • China

It will last for four continuing weeks and the weeks will be themed. So far, the following themes have been selected:

  • WEEK 1: Low Carbon
  • WEEK 2 – 3: Knowledge
    (including creative and digital,
    professional and financial, life sciences
    and advanced manufacturing)
  • WEEK 4: Port & Logistics
    EACH WEEK:
    International Conferences/Seminars/
    Business Dinners/Workshops/Exhibitions

The Wirral International Trade Centre (ITC) will also be opened in 2014 which will be the first of its kind in the UK and the largest Trade Centre in Europe. It will form part of the greater Wirral Waters project and will sell an unlimited variety of goods to the wholesale market into the UK and the whole of Europe.

Moreover, the North Liverpool Investment Tower ‘The Look Out’ will be created, this will be an eye catching permanent building of the highest design providing a unique venue for investment events and meetings.

All together, the International Festival of Business- North creates the perfect opportunity to put Liverpool in the spotlights and to showcase its investment opportunities and valuable assets. An event to look forward to.

ProjectEV

ProjectEV is an accelerator programme to develop super-growth businesses in Liverpool supported by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and led by Cllr Nick Small, cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills.

Cllr Nick Small:

“This is exactly the sort of initiative which builds the legacy following the Global Entrepreneurship Congress earlier this year. The GEC, Liverpool Embassy in London and our presence at the World Expo in Shanghai prove that Liverpool is a place where people, in the UK and across the world, want to do business.“This will be another Liverpool first which will help grow the businesses of the future.”

The project is believed to be first of its kind outside the USA and builds on the success of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) where 3,000 delegates from around the world came to the city.

ProjectEV offers support for entrepreneurs who have an innovation, business idea, solution, design or project that meets a need in any of the following fields:

social enterprise
manufacturing
creative services
publishing
green technology
video services and digital home
cloud computing
financial services
sciences
advertising
healthcare
e-Commerce
e-Learning
smart cities
social Innovation
mobile applications
social networks
technology

If your project has been chosen to enter ProjectEV, for the three years of the project you will receive assistance on funding & finance, management & advisory, space & infrastructure and training & networking. A well equipped work environment based at the Albert Dock Liverpool will be provided to the 15 selected companies as well as the support partners of the project and administrative support.

You can apply for ProjectEV online (http://www.projectev.co.uk/index.asp) after which a selection process will take place involving the following steps:

1. ProjectEV will analyse all the proposals received. In this phase, only those that do not comply with the specific conditions and business areas will be ruled out.

2. The assessment team, the members of projectEV’s team and with Mentors with experience in the specific business areas, will pre-assess the projects and choose the best proposals in each competition.

3. The shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in “projectEVweek”, where up to 15 projects will be chosen for acceleration.

4. The selected projects will enter the ProjectEV HQ (aka Enterprise Village), a collaborative physical space and work environment where you can share your energy and experience with other entrepreneurs. You will then formalise the commitment and start receiving the financing, training and support that your project requires so that it can become a viable and profitable company.

For the three years of the project you will receive funding of up to £250,000 per annum to access the best business advisors from our panel to give you a boost to your business plans, and acheive your goals. In return all you will be expected to pay is the market rate for the space you will occupy at Enterprise Village.

All together, an interesting new initiative to support entrepreneurship in the Liverpool City Region!!!

Connected Liverpool @ Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – London

Yesterday, Monday 6 August 2012, Connected Liverpool paid a visit to London for a meeting in Whitehall at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

At 2 pm sharp, CEO Lee Omar and Innovation Lead Jordy van Kuijk met up with Allan Mayo, Head of Services Policy Unit at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to discuss the vision of Liverpool to become a Smarter and better Connected city. We asked them to shortly comment on their trip:

CEO, Lee Omar

“It was great to meet Allan Mayo at the department’s contemporary main office at 1 Victoria Street. You could sense a strong positive vibe both on the streets and within the department due to the presence of the Olympics. It was good to exchange ideas and thoughts about how a smarter and better connected city should be realised on various fields. He really is a thought leader in the field of Business, Innovation, Skills and beyond.”

Innovation Lead, Jordy van Kuijk

“Great to meet such a forward thinker when it comes to enhancing citizen’s quality of life and empowering them to achieve more in life by embracing technology and open data. Allan was keen to hear our initiatives and ideas to raise the profile of Liverpool and to make it a better and smarter city to live.”

Connected Liverpool stays at the forefront of turning Liverpool into the first Smart City in the UK. We are eager to consult anyone with expertise in the field who is keen to contribute to making Liverpool a more efficient and more competitive place to live, learn, work and play.

Any ideas? Contact us at jordy@connectedliverpool.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool: The Smart City

The smart cities idea is a massive initiative, covering all aspects of business and life with aim of changing our world for the better. Details of Liverpool’s ambition to becoming the UK’s first smart city were underlined by the city leaders, alongside the heads of business, industry and technology experts.

Six main areas are used to identify smart cities, that of: economy; mobility; environment; people; living and governance. Each of these areas include a wide range of needs that must be met in order to help communities grow and reduce strain on resources. Urban populations are fast growing, placing greater pressure on cities infrastructures which were not designed to service as many people as they are doing. Conversion to a smart city goes a long way in solving this complicated problem.

Speaking at the debate in Liverpool Town hall last week, Mike Parker, the Chairman of Liverpool Vision and Liverpool’s Smart City board had this to say:

“Future investment will flow into those cities that can demonstrate they have an innovative, green, adaptive infrastructure and this is why we want to become, a Smart City.

“Like our competitor cities Liverpool faces many economic, social and technological challenges but we are in a remarkably good position to meet them.

“Our ambition is matched by our determination and our enterprise is matched by our creativity.

“We have an elected Mayor on the Prime Minister’s mayoral cabinet who works closely with Liverpool Vision, an organisation configured for partnership and it is the strength of our relationships with the private sector, the universities, Homes and Communities Agency and other agencies that has enabled us to transform the city and raise our ambition and will continue to do so in the future.”

Concluding Parker’s words came a statement from Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool:

“Ultimately, Smart City is about jobs and it is about economic growth and creating a better future and they are my main priorities as Mayor.”

It would seem that all of Liverpool’s major players in both politics and business are on board with the smart city idea. What we now need to see is how quickly Liverpool can become such a city.

Who will be the showcase smart city for the UK?

As the smart city idea becomes increasingly important in the eyes of the world, the United Kingdom is on the look-out for one city to become its showcase for the technology. The  Future Cities Demonstrator project wished to invest £25 million in the integrated city systems marketing with an aim of demonstrating how transport, communications and other items of city infrastructure can be integrated to improve quality of life, the local economy and to reduce the impact on the environment.

Around twenty cities, Liverpool included, will be competing for the grant. Smaller grants of £50,000 are being given to run feasibility studies and produce proposals as to how the new technology will be integrated into their city. Ultimately only one city will gain the prize grant money needed to carry out their plan.

Cities globally face massive problems in terms of congestion, waste, pressure on resources and changes in population and demographics.  The Smart Cities initiative aims to reduce all of these areas through the use of technology. For now, the question is, who will lead the UK on this venture?