THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT LIVERPOOL
The International Business Festival and James’ Place
Tuesday 19th June, 2018
The Duke of Cambridge will visit Liverpool on Tuesday 19th June. The Duke will first visit the International Business Festival at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. As the biggest business festival in the world, the International Business Festival is hosted every two years in its home city of Liverpool, aiming to inspire, inform and connect businesses from across the UK and the world, enabling them to make connections and realise their potential.
The Duke, who is Patron of the International Business Festival 2018, will meet delegates and discuss the importance of the business sector and how it can be a force for good. His Royal Highness will visit the exhibits and zones, seeing the best of British and international innovation as well as meeting the next generation of young entrepreneurs and business leaders, before delivering a speech to delegates.
Since it launched in 2014, the International Business Festival has welcomed more than 30,000 visitors from over 100 different countries worldwide. It is held over nine days across three weeks, and the Festival’s programme focuses on nine high-growth sectors – from manufacturing and life sciences to creative industries.
The Duke will then officially open James’ Place, a new centre for men experiencing suicidal crisis in Liverpool. James’ Place has been founded by Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley, after they tragically lost their twenty-one-year-old son, James, to suicide. Established by the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund, the centre will be the first of its kind in the UK, helping to save lives and addressing high male suicide rates by providing face-to-face therapeutic support for men in their time of need.
Opening to service users in late July, James’ Place will be run from a house in the heart of Liverpool’s historic Georgian Quarter. The building has been renovated to provide a private, welcoming and normalised environment for men experiencing suicidal thoughts, in a space designed to make them feel at home and at ease. The Duke will tour the centre and meet the people who have made James’ Place a reality, from professional therapists and local community partners, to fundraisers and building managers, as well as James’ family. His Royal Highness will hear about the journey of James’ Place, from its origins, to Clare and Nick’s future vision of opening further centres across the country.