Take a Closer Look at Liverpool City Region During IFB2016

Liverpool City Region is a major driver for the UK economy, and is at the heart of the north west of England’s regional economy. The place is booming and ripe for investment, with over £7bn of development projects in the pipeline, and a 30% increase in output over the past decade, despite global economic pressures. 

LCR-02We know that many of our international visitors to IFB2016 will be looking for opportunities to expand their businesses in the UK, will be interested in what Liverpool has to offer in terms of future investment opportunities or will simply want to get together with like-minded people in their field of expertise.

So why not take advantage of our tours around the region which highlight some of the innovative, world-class companies we have on our doorstep, alongside unique R&D facilities in key sectors. We’ll be running tours on most days throughout the Festival, to coincide with the themes of that week’s events: Advanced Manufacturing, Energy & Environment or Creative & Digital.

Tours will start daily at 12:45 from the main Exhibition Centre Liverpool, and will return in time to catch each day’s Blue Skies Event in the same venue. Tours are completely free of charge, but we’re anticipating a high demand, so please register early.

Note that all tours will be conducted in English.


Monday 27 June and Thursday 30 June: Liverpool’s Creative Quarter

In 2015 the international travel publisher Rough Guide singled out Liverpool as one of the top three places in the world to visit – and in particular, they recommended a trip to Liverpool’s Baltic Quarter. Originally the area of the city where ships from the Baltic Fleet docked, the site is a maze of formerly derelict warehouses and factory buildings.  Today, however, this small triangle is home to numerous cutting edge Creative & Digital companies, many housed within Baltic Creative CIC.  The tour will include a visit to The Studio School, where tomorrow’s talent is being developed to make sure that Liverpool remains the centre of digital creativity in the UK. We will finish with a tour of the wider Creative quarter of the city, including viewing plans for the former Cain’s Brewery site. Liverpool Science Park will also be included on this tour. Full itinerary here: Invest – CD Tour City Centre

To book onto this tour on 27 June, please use this link here.

To book onto this tour on 30 June, please use this link here.


Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 June: Big Science & Technology at the Hartree Computing Centre

 This tour will take you some miles south of Liverpool City Centre, with an opportunity to view on the way the development of the latest new Mersey Gateway, opening up increased road routes from the rest of the UK into Liverpool.  At Daresbury, you will have the opportunity to view the Hartree Centre, as well as meeting some of the companies taking advantage of the first class technology and research facilities on the campus.  The tour will focus on how the latest digital technologies are improving the competitiveness of UK based businesses, and will be a chance to see how your business could benefit from access to these hugely powerful research facilities. Full itinerary here: Invest – CD Tour Sci Tech

To book onto this tour on 28 June, please use this link here.

To book onto this tour on 29 June, please use this link here.


Previous tours

Monday 13 June: Sci-Tech Daresbury

Sci-Tech Daresbury is a world class science and innovation campus and one of only two locations in the UK for ‘big scale’ science. It is home not only to leading-edge science facilities but also over one hundred innovative technology companies.

Sci-Tech Daresbury excels in high performance computing and particle acceleration and is, through the Hartree Centre, at the forefront of the big data revolution in the UK.

The facilities and skill-base at Sci-Tech Daresbury span all aspects of advanced engineering and manufacturing, especially high-precision systems, intelligent sensors, rapid proto-typing and software development However, what is truly exceptional about Sci-Tech Daresbury is the interface between ‘big scale’ science and the unique expertise and skills of some of the UK’s most innovative companies.

The tour will take you some miles south of Liverpool City Centre, with an opportunity to view en route the development of the Mersey Gateway. The Mersey Gateway is a new crossing of the River Mersey, with a thirty year construction and operating cost of £1.86 billion, which will greatly improve connectivity between the City of Liverpool and the rest of the UK.

At Sci-Tech Daresbury you will have the opportunity to view the Virtual Engineering Centre and the Hartree Centre as well as meeting some of the companies taking advantage of the first class technology and research facilities on campus.

To book onto this tour, please use this link here.

Tuesday 14 June: Liverpool City Region’s Automotive & Supply Chain Sector

With the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors, Bentley and specialist manufacturers such as BAC Mono Ltd – all within driving distance of Liverpool, it’s no wonder that we like to boast about our manufacturing and research credentials.  On this tour you will visit the Jaguar Land Rover site for presentations from from leading manufacturers and researchers and the opportunity to ask questions.  We’ll finish with a trip to BAC Mono Ltd to see the hand-built sports car that’s going to go global.

To book onto this tour, please use this link here.

Wednesday 15 June: Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)/Chemical Tour

We’ll travel across the River Mersey to visit Port Sunlight which has been the home of Unilever since 1890 and is to this day their European R&D base. Unilever is a multinational producer of over 400 household brands.  Your visit will include aspects of how Unilever uses local academic skills to develop industrial research facilities that take manufacturing to a new level and learn about the collaboration with the University of Liverpool that has led to unique research at the Materials Innovation Factory. The tour will also include a presentation from Inovyn, one of the biggest chemical companies in Europe, as well as Paragon Scientific Ltd talking about advancements in calibration and testing in the sector. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone hosted by Wirral Met College.

To book onto this tour, please use this link here.

Thursday 16 June: Liverpool’s Life Sciences Story

Liverpool is known across the world for its strengths in medical and life sciences research. From the production of flu and other vaccines in the south of the city to collaboration with the Bill Gates Foundation at the oldest School of Tropical Medicine in the world, this tour will introduce you to the breathtaking range of activities taking place in this sector, as well as demonstrating how we’re preparing for the future with brand new hospital and medical research centres.

To book onto this tour, please use this link here.

Thursday 23 June: Marine Energy including National Oceanography Centre

With some of the highest tidal ranges in Europe, prevailing offshore winds and an unrivalled maritime heritage, it’s no wonder that Liverpool and the surrounding region has become an international centre for maritime energy research & development. This tour will take in both banks of the River Mersey to look at wind energy in Liverpool Bay, the state-of-the-art Maritime Knowledge Hub and will finish with a visit to the University of Liverpool’s National Oceanography Centre .  We’ll also take in a number of local companies that are taking advantage of these assets to improve and expand their businesses.

To book onto this tour on 23 June, please use this link here.

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Note that itineraries of some tours are currently being finalised so precise details may change in advance of the Festival.