Global thought leader Like Minds holds first ever event in Liverpool

11th June 2018

A must for creative and design-driven businesses

The power of creativity and great design to make or break a business will be the central theme of a special event run by global thought leaders Like Minds on Thursday June 28th, as part of the International Business Festival in Liverpool.

Like Minds Create – a partnership with Creative England – is an unmissable gathering for anyone working in and with the UK’s creative industries. The one-day event, supported by the Design Business Association and Liverpool Vision, unites leading designers and the people who commission them.

The event at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre on Albert Dock will welcome more than 300 key international players with a wide range of expertise in the fields of creative marketing, design and branding and their clients.

Eight outstanding keynote speakers, along with leading design agencies and buyers, will demonstrate the huge impact of design and branding in attracting target audiences and keeping companies ahead of their competitors.

Loretta Clancy of the Design Business Association says: “It was a no-brainer for us to support Like Minds at its first event in the North West of England, where creative talent is shaping and driving the economy. The DBA represents a vibrant community of design consultancies and design-driven businesses. Everything we do is about championing good design and its pivotal role in making businesses more effective.”

Like Minds was invited to run the bespoke day focussed on the power of creativity as part of Liverpool’s three-week International Business Festival.

The impressive line-up of speakers includes Professor Malcolm Garrett of Design Manchester, Dawn Paine of Liverpool-based The Extraordinary Club, Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO of Creative England, and Chris Moss, creator of multi-billion-dollar brands including Virgin Atlantic and Orange.

A limited number of discounted advance tickets are available: Early bird £145, Buddy Up £125 each. Full price tickets cost £195 +VAT.

Just 25 tickets are also on sale for an exclusive Speakers Dinner the night before (Wednesday June 27th) at the Pullman’s Hotel in Liverpool, where diners will be able to meet and talk with the key speakers. Tickets for the dinner cost £125 +VAT.

There are still opportunities for businesses and organisations interested in sponsorship.


For further information and interviews, please contact: 

Drew Ellis: telephone 07860 728483, email

Sarah Jepson: telephone 01392 459409,

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Further information scroll to June 28th



Like Minds is a global thought leadership platform delivering world class events on business development knowledge and insight aimed at entrepreneurs and business leaders to engage, stimulate and empower them to become global businesses of the future.

The programme runs from 9.30 – 16.10. Mid-morning Panel Debate, “Are designers capable of understanding, let alone delivering, against business objectives?”

Ticket holders can also attend the main International Business Festival keynote and “After Party’ networking.

All speakers are available for interview. Brief bios below:


MC: Lynda Relph-Knight, Design Writer, Curator and Consultant.

Editor of Design Week for more than 20 years, Lynda has an overview of design in the commercial and public sectors.

Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive of the Design Business Association. Deborah works with the industry to champion the tangible and measurable impact of design in business and the public sector nationally and internationally.

Chris Moss, Co-founder of business consultancy venture MAV3ERICK.

A brand and marketing leader, Chris has created 3 multi-billion dollar brands. As Marketing Director of Virgin Atlantic, he took the company from a single aircraft to an international brand, creating Premium Economy, seat-back TV and on-board ice creams along the way. Founder of the Orange brand, he directed one of the most successful business launches in the last 20 years. As CEO of 118 118, Chris delivered a masterclass in how to move from market entrant to market leader.

Ian Thompson, Founder and Creative Director of Thompson Brand Partners, and his client Victoria Renshaw. Ian and Victoria have developed a hugely successful creative/client partnership working on the Keelham Farm Shop brand and customer experience for over five years. This has helped increase Keelham’s turnover by 80% with a 35% increase in margin, earning them a coveted Gold Award at the Design Effectiveness Awards. Theirs is a story about the importance of trust in the perfect creative partnership.

Dawn Paine, Co-founder The Extraordinary Club. Liverpool-based The Extraordinary Club inspires creative and digital businesses to be extraordinary and grow. Dawn draws upon a multi-national career. Over a 10-year period, she oversaw the transformation of the video game and entertainment landscape in the UK, overseeing the record-breaking launch of the Wii, Nintendo DS, Brain Training and Wii Fit.

Caroline Norbury MBE, founding Chief Executive of Creative England. Dedicated to championing the creative industries, Creative England is a pioneering not-for-profit company which invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.

Professor Malcolm Garrett, Creative Director at design consultancy Images&Co. Malcolm is widely regarded as a key influence on the development of contemporary British graphic design. As a first generation punk at art school in Manchester, he founded the innovative graphic design group Assorted iMaGes, and created landmark designs for the Buzzcocks, DuranDuran, Boy George, Simple Minds and Peter Gabriel. Malcolm is an Ambassador of Manchester School of Art, and Founder and Joint Artistic Director of the annual Design Manchester festival, now in its sixth year.

Erika Anderson, Creative Strategist, and Stephen Ardern, Commercial Director at Uniform. In an era of continual change, consumers and business alike are struggling to keep up. Uniform understands the critical role trust plays when thinking about the consumers of tomorrow. It’s time to question how business can bridge their trust gaps through design and innovation.

11th June 2018