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ACC Liverpool to host ACCELERATE 2013

ACC Liverpool is set to host the UK’s first festival for fast-growth businesses.

ACCELERATE 2013, taking place on 27 June, will be headlined by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and will examine the key issues and challenges facing growing businesses in Britain today.

Leaders from the world of business and beyond will deliver speeches to 1,000 entrepreneurs and business owners and take part in debates and discussions looking at the best strategies for businesses looking to expand.

Highlights include AKQA founder Ajaz Ahmed examining the impact of the digital age on British business, as well as Lord Young, the Prime Minister’s enterprise adviser, leading a session on how the government backs fast-growing companies.

General Sir Mike Jackson, former chief of the General Staff, will reveal the secrets of building the teams behind successful businesses ahead of a panel debating the most effective ways of brand building, featuring Ella’s Kitchen founder Paul Lindley, Betfair founder Ed Wray and Morgan Motor Company chairman Charles Morgan.

Elsewhere, former Dragons’ Den panellist and School for Startups founder Doug Richard will discuss the mindset behind a successful business with Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam, director of the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School.

The programme also includes Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of, legendary former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, now a successful businessman and Renaud Visage, Co-founder of Eventbrite.

RBS and Coutts will support the event, which will also include panel debates and business boot-camps, covering topics such as the impact of the digital age, networking in the 21st Century and building a world-class brand.

Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, said:  “ACCELERATE 2013 will showcase the very best of British business and aims to inspire entrepreneurs to take the next step in their company's growth, in turn helping to ensure Britain’s economic recovery.

“It is also an important stepping stone as we prepare to open our doors to the global business community at the International Festival for Business in June and July 2014, which Liverpool is proud to be hosting on behalf of the nation.”

Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, added: “ACCELERATE 2013 will provide an opportunity to gather 1,000 delegates together who all have the ambition and drive to strive towards boosting Britain’s economy.

“Last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress held at ACC Liverpool attracted 3,000 international business people and entrepreneurs and ACCELERATE 2013 is another chance to showcase all that Liverpool has to offer to a worldwide audience. 

“It will act as a springboard for next year’s International Festival for Business which will once again put Liverpool in the spotlight as a great place to do business.”

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