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Issue:- 11 July 2013

Report by Kai Graf von Pahlen, LLM. Photos by Gregory Lawson.

LIVERPOOL'S young business talent was urged to join the race to step up their enterprise ambition at a special summit event held as part of Accelerate 2013, the business festival dedicated to the UK's high growth firms recently held in Liverpool.

Leading representatives from business and politics, including David Wareing, Senior Partner at Hill Dickinson, Cllr Nick Small and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and businessman, Gary Millar, spoke at the event, held on the 26 June 2013, at No 1 St Paul's Square.

Event organisers, JCI Liverpool, part of Junior Chamber International, were keen to develop initiatives around Accelerate 2013, a follow up to last year's Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

JCI Liverpool created a diverse programme of activity to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow. President of JCI Liverpool, Kai Graf von Pahlen said:- "This event has given young entrepreneurs the opportunity to take their business goals to the next level. We had a dynamic range of speakers who encouraged delegates to develop strategies for growth.  Delegates explored how to unlock their potential by addressing training needs, managing stress, boosting their business performance through social media and making the most of the opportunities the UK has to offer, like the International Festival for Business 2014 (IFB2014) taking place here in Liverpool in June and July 2014."

Ian McCarthy, IFB2014 Festival Director headlined the event, he said:- "It is vital that business people of all ages are equipped with the tools they need to accelerate their business growth and realise their ambition. Accelerate 2013 acted as an effective launch pad for IFB2014 and I have been urging Accelerate 2013 delegates to capitalise on the incredible opportunity that the festival presents. It will open the doors to global opportunities and I want young entrepreneurs to take full advantage of this."

David Wareing believed the format of the event particularly appealed to the audience. He said:- "Members of JCI Liverpool were teamed with a selection of Liverpool's business leaders to deliver presentations addressing the event's themes. This proved to be an excellent way to engage and empower young businesses. The feedback we have had has been resoundingly positive and has really made the delegates think about business growth in a new light."

The official sponsors for the event were Hill Dickinson, Global Payments, Santino Restaurant and Ichi Noodle Restaurant. Other business professionals who took an active role in JCI Liverpool's event included:-

John Haynes, Founder of the International Coaching Academy.

Michelle Fellowes, Founder of Ambitious Change.

Dr Harish Chandra, founder of CIS (Center for Inner Sciences).

Kartik Rajput, Business Specialist at HSBC.

Patrick Trollope, Founder of the Mersey Reporter Group.

Philip Perera, Founder of the Teabox Company.

Peter Sharpe, Bid Manager at Tender Management.

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