Posted on May 26, 2016 by staff

‘Tech entrepreneurs who want to change world’ set for IFB


A host of top UK tech entrepreneurs have been lined up for BusinessCloud’s afternoon conference on a main stage at the International Festival for Business.

The nation’s newest tech magazine will hear from young tycoons aspiring to become the next Mark Zuckerberg and more established business leaders in its ‘Tech entrepreneurs who want to change the world’ event on Monday 20th June.

Entrepreneurs are the engine room of the UK economy – and we will be hearing from some of the most tech-savvy among them.

Lawrence Jones (pictured below), CEO and co-founder of Manchester-based managed hosting provider UKFast, Richard Law (pictured above), CEO of Chester-headquartered identity management specialists GB Group, and Paul Gouge, CEO of mobile phone company Playdemic in Wilmslow, are among the speakers.

Others set for the Blue Sky stage at the IFB Exhibition Centre on Liverpool’s Waterfront are Paul Kenyon, joint chief executive of security software firm Avecto, Steve Oliver, founder and CEO of Music Magpie, Luke Massie, founder of Vibe Tickets and Cathal Berragan, campaign manager for influencer network The Social Chain.

More speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Along with host and BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire, they will be looking at how technology can transform business as the rocket fuel for growth on the global stage – and where it is headed next.

The biggest business festival in the world will host more than 70 business conferences and seminars featuring globally-renowned speakers and entrepreneurs over three weeks. BusinessCloud will be right in the thick of the action.

Another half-day conference on Thursday 30th June will examine the challenge of embracing big data in business, with RealityMine CEO and co-founder Garry Partington confirmed as a speaker.

That evening the ‘Tech in the Northern Powerhouse’ event will look at the role the digital and technology sector can play in the North’s industrial rebirth.

Maguire will take a break from his serious business tech stock-in-trade when hosting parodies of Mr and Mrs, Eurovision and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown during The Edge fringe on consecutive Thursdays from 16th June.


  • Lawrence Jones, CEO / co-founder, UKFast
  • Richard Law, CEO, GB Group
  • Paul Gouge, CEO, Playdemic
  • Paul Kenyon, joint chief executive, Avecto
  • Steve Oliver, founder / CEO, Music Magpie
  • Luke Massie, founder, Vibe Tickets
  • Cathal Berragan, campaign manager, The Social Chain