Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is bidding to host the World Chambers Congress in 2015.
The Congress, organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the ICC’s World Chambers Federation, (WCF) is the only international forum for chamber leaders and executives worldwide to share best-practice experience, develop networks and learn about new areas of innovation from other chambers as they face the challenge of remaining relevant to companies in their region.
It is estimated that the event could attract up to 2,000 delegates to Liverpool and generate more than £3m to the local economy in addition to the prestige and prominence the city would receive from hosting the Congress. It would be hosted at ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, who are supporting the bid.
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is encouraging letters of support from local businesses and stakeholders. It also recently launched a social media campaign with a dedicated Facebook page and the Twitter hashtag #WorldChambersinLiverpool2015.
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce bid leader, Jenny Stewart, said: "We believe that a WCF member delegate attending a World Chambers Congress in Liverpool will gain a unique experience from the journey that the city has travelled."
“We will share our experience to date and our vision for the future. Liverpool’s heritage and culture will provide a magnificent backdrop for the networking and interactions of the international professional community.
“Those attending will not only gain lasting experiences but also many practical ideas and learning from the Congress that will benefit delegates attending and their wider group of peers through knowledge share and putting into practice some of the ideas learned at a Liverpool Congress."
This would be the first time the UK has hosted a WCF Congress and both the Chamber and ACC Liverpool are looking forward to the prospect of hosting it in 2015, when Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and British Chambers, as well as city partners, can welcome a global audience to an exciting and innovative ninth WCC in Liverpool.
Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, said: "This event brings together business leaders from across the world and would allow companies in the city to flourish though networking, learning and sharing new ideas.
"The city has one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the UK and this prestige, coupled with the modernity and experience of ACC Liverpool in hosting large-scale conferences, puts us in a strong position to bid for the World Chambers Congress.
"We are asking businesses across the city to pledge their support for the Chamber as part of the bid. It would build on the success of events such as the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, held earlier this year, and would leave a lasting legacy in the city."
Liverpool will bid for the Congress through a two-stage process, via a presentation to the World Chamber Federation on 14 September and the submission of a bid book on 1 October. The host city will be announced by the WCF Executive Committee on 26 November.
Letters of support should be address to the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, 1 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9HG. There is also a dedicated Facebook page.