Date: 19 June, 2018

Venue: Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP

DI Conference 2018

Our 2018 conference is being held on June 19, 2018, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Merseyside and Cheshire Commonwealth Association within the 2018 International Business Festival  and aims to explore Global Best Practices in Diversity & Inclusion particularly in relation to Supplier Chain Diversity and will look at how embedding Diversity and Inclusion enables companies to compete in global markets.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for exchange of learning from, and network with, international leading diversity and HR professionals.  Global Heads, Directors and VP’s of Human Resources and Diversity along with Boards Members of some of the world’s largest companies will be presenting alongside renowned authors, professors and experts to make up one of our most comprehensive agendas yet.

The main presentations will include:

  1. How to do Business with the Commonwealth – Panel discussion
  2. The Competitive Advantage of a Sense of Belonging – Sir, Professor Geoff Palmer
  3. Responsible Business: Business as a Force for Good – Soulla Kyriacou, COO of Blueprint for Business (www.blueprintforbusiness.org)
  4. Inclusive Procurement – Best Practice – Raj Tulsiani (www.green-park.co.uk
  5. Women Matter – Gender diversity, a corporate performance driver – Dr Sylvia Forchap – http://www.voiceofnations.org.uk/  


A very important feature of the conference will be a “Doing Business with the Commonwealth” Panel Discussion and Trade Symposium. This is being managed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in association with the Merseyside and Cheshire Commonwealth Association.

The Commonwealth Trade Symposium session will feature an expert panel to support exporters in accessing opportunities across the Commonwealth – a diverse group of 53 states spanning Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

With 2.3billion people and a GDP projected to reach $14 trillion by the end of the decade, the Commonwealth contains some of the fastest-growing countries in the world. Trade between Commonwealth member states is expected to rise strongly in the coming years, from over $680bn today to surpass $1 trillion by 2020. Commonalities including use of the English language, similar financial and legal systems and historical trading links mean there are many potential opportunities for UK businesses.

The session will be chaired by Gary Millar, President of the Merseyside and Cheshire Commonwealth Association. On the panel will be:

• Prof Martin Levermore MBE, CEO of Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTi);

• Helen Baker, Hydraulics Online, North West Business Exporter of the Year, FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards;

• Chris Manka, Export Consultant and FSB Area Leader for Greater Manchester;

• John Mohin OBE, Graham Shapiro Design Ltd, formerly head of overseas subsidiary companies for Wedgwood and Waterford Crystal.

• Pauline Shearman, Business Development Manager, Queensland Trade and Investment Commission.


This is a FREE event and includes a FREE PASS to ALL 9 DAYS of the International Business Festival.

  • Access to Commonwealth Business Expertise
  • Access to Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices
  • Free tea, coffee, lunch
  • High qulaity networking opportunities
  • Access to all 9 days of the International Business festival
  • Access to International Business Festival online networking
  • Access to Futures Stage
  • Access to Knowledge Hub
  • Access to Innovation Hub
  • Access to Global Connections
  • Access to the International Marketplace










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