PwC, the professional services firm, has become a sponsor of ACCELERATE 2016 – the final flagship event of the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool.


ACCELERATE 2016 features high-octane speeches, panel discussions and masterclasses from some of the best in business from retail, fashion, design and digital marketing. It also features exclusive tech sessions from BT and Google.


The event is designed to help businesses grow faster and further under the three pillars of Passion, Performance and Power and takes place on Friday, July 1 at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.


PwC’s fast growth expert, Brian Henderson, will take part in the afternoon’s Q&A session. Brian leads PwC’s fast growth companies programme, working with a number of the UK’s leading tech scale-up businesses.


Brian will discuss key business issues in a session chaired by celebrated designer Wayne Hemingway and alongside the likes of business wonder-kid, Josh Valman who at 21 runs multi-million pound business RDP International; and Jude Kelly, artistic director of the South Bank Centre and one of the most influential women in the UK.


Brian Henderson, partner and fast growth leader at PwC, said:  “PwC is a proud sponsor and supporter of ACCELERATE, one of the flagship events of IFB2016. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to help businesses clearly see where they need to go and how to get there, through a day of insight, inspiration and networking.”


ACCELERATE also features two special masterclasses, Google’s ‘Get Stuck Into Digital’, helping delegates make the most of the online world; and BT’s ‘Tech De-Mystified’ on how to keep innovating in business.


Max Steinberg, Chair of IFB2016, said:  “We are really pleased that PwC has joined us at ACCELERATE, one of the most dynamic business events in the UK. Once again this event features top names from the world of business, those who have turned their idea into huge commercial concerns sitting alongside experts, like Brian, who work with businesses daily to help them grow. The lessons they can give will prove invaluable to those seeking to grow and makes ACCELERATE such a compelling event.”


Also appearing at ACCELERATE are Sarah Wood, co-founder and CEO of social video marketing platform Unruly, which generated two trillion online videos for clients including Adidas, Dove and Renault.


And Johnny Earle, the superstar US retailer who founded the cult label Johnny Cupcakes and sells his unique t-shirts in five bakery themed stores in the USA and in London’s famous fashion thoroughfare Carnaby Street.


Tickets for ACCELERATE 2016 are priced at £50 + fees. You can buy from and TicketQuarter.