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The Business of Youth

The Business of Youth 

20th June

Blue Skies Stage Exhibition Centre Liverpool

1000- 12.30

The festival would not be complete without engagement with entrepreneurs of the future. The day starts with two sessions involving young people and organised by Juice Academy the brainchild of Tangerine PR, an agency committed to supporting the next generation of ‘bright young things’ into the marketing profession and United Way, IFB2016’s philanthropy partner.

Social Media is Out of Control. Discuss

20th June

1000 - 1100

This is a subject keeping many business people awake at night. Based on the highly popular ‘Discuss’ debates set up by Michael Taylor, The Juice Academy – the multi award-winning social media apprenticeship – will invite four current or recently qualified apprentices to debate the motion; two for and two against. The audience will then add their thoughts, via a lively Q&A discussion, chaired by Michael and will then vote on whether the motion is carried or not.


Michael Taylor - former editor of North West Business Insider and now External Affairs at the University of Manchester.


Nathan Youd, Tangerine PR

Jack Bocock, Tunafish Media

Sammie Williams, Savills

Carly Phillips, The Juice Academy

The Future is Now.

20th June


United Way’s “First Day” programme addresses harder to reach young people, aiming to get rid of the fear and misconceptions surrounding starting work, to provide young people with relatable role models in businesses, and help them aspire to more than they have been told they are able to achieve.

Join us for a screening of the “First Day” film, followed by a discussion on why involving the young, the diverse, and the different is crucial in business today. Panelists will speak about their own First Day experiences, address questions on expectations for young people entering the work force, the importance of soft skills versus hard skills, and discuss what businesses can do to level the playing field for young jobseekers.


Chair - Jane Hudson-Jones, United Way UK

Ben Rockcliff, Head of Business and Strategy, Open Awards.

Gill Bainbridge, CEO Merseyside Youth Association

Corinne McGinty, IFB2016 Sponsorship Co-ordinator

This session is brought to you by United Way UK, the official philanthropy partner of IFB2016, as part of their ‘First Day’ initiative––the number 1 way to introduce young people to business.

Tech Entrepreneurs who want to change the world

20th June

Blue Skies Stage Exhibition Centre Liverpool

1400- 1630

Entrepreneurs are the engine room of the UK economy but if you want to make an impact on a global stage then technology is the rocket fuel for growth.
The UK’s newest tech magazine BusinessCloud will be hearing from a mix of some of the country’s most successful tech entrepreneurs and the new generation of tycoons who aspire to be the next Mark Zuckerberg.
The conference will look at how technology can transform business and shine a spotlight of where tech in business is taking us next.

Session Lead Speaker: Chris Maguire, editor, BusinessCloud 

Other Speakers: 

Lawrence Jones, CEO / co-founder, UKFast

Richard Law, CEO, GB Group

Paul Kenyon, joint chief executive, Avecto

Steve Oliver, founder/ CEO, Music Magpie

Simon Wilkinson, chairman, RealityMine

Jamil Khalil, founder/ CEO, Wakelet

Luke Massie, owner &  founder, Vibe Tickets

Amman.Ahmed, founder, Roundwave

Joshua Bolland, CEO and creative director, JB Cole

Gilbert Corrales, co-founder and CEO, Leaf FM 

Cathal Berragan, head of campaigns, The Social Chain

Adam Ward, chief executive, Karrot

Ian Jackson, co-founder, Imerja

David Grimes, CEO, MPD 

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