FAQs

HOW TO GET HERE

  • Where is the Festival being held?

    The event site is spread across the Liverpool Waterfront, Baltic Triangle and Knowledge Quarter for each day.

    For more information on venues and sessions please visit our Programme page.

  • How do I get there?

    Festival Partner TransPennine Express serves Liverpool City Region for the Good Business Festival from across the north of England and Scotland including Glasgow, Preston, Manchester, Leeds, York, and Newcastle.

    Save over 50% on your train tickets when you book in advance at tpexpress.co.uk/goodbusiness.

     

    Bus Travel

    Two main bus terminals and travel centres can be found in the city:

    • Liverpool ONE Bus Station
    • Queen Square Bus Station

     

    All buses are fully accessible and there is a wide range of tickets available that can give you and your family great value on your visit. For further information on the bus network in Liverpool, please visit merseytravel.gov.uk

    Coach Travel

    Coach travel to Liverpool is available via National Express from just £5.

    Travel via Car

    Please plan your journey in advance and check for road closures.

    Liverpool City Region is well-connected to the UK motorway network. From the M6 take the M62, M58 or M56 direct to the destination.

    To travel to Wirral Peninsula from the city centre, take the Mersey Tunnel and don’t forget the toll money! If you’re heading up to the coast, Southport is an enjoyable coastal drive away. The Silver Jubilee Bridge in Runcorn crosses the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal to provide convenient road access to Halton. Knowsley and St Helens are easily accessible too, both only a short drive from the city centre.

    More information on road closures on the Liverpool City Council website 

    Information on parking

    How to reduce impact on your journey

    • Plan ahead and consider your alternative travel options. You can use the Merseytravel journey planner
    • Check timetables and leave more time for your journey
    • Don’t aim for the last bus or train home as services are likely to be very busy
    • Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes in and out of the city centre, including Mersey Tunnels

     

    By Air

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport connects Liverpool city centre with over 70 destinations across the UK, Europe and Africa. Nine carriers operate from the airport including Wizz Air, Blue Air, Flybe and Widerøe, and it is also a base for both Ryanair and easyJet.

    Getting from LJLA to the city is simple, and there are a variety of options. Take a taxi, hop on a direct bus or get the train from Liverpool South Parkway rail station which is connected to the airport via a frequent shuttle service. The airport is also covered by Arriva Click, an app-based minibus service. For more information on how to get to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, visit their website.

    Manchester Airport is just 45 minutes from Liverpool city centre and offers many direct long haul routes in to the North West. Carriers include British Airways, Emirates, Etihad and KLM.

    Merseyrail

    Visit Merseyrail for travelling around Liverpool City Region and beyond.

    Travel via Taxi

    There are a large number of Private Hire and Black Cab services throughout the city:

    Excel: Call +44 (0)151 728 8888 or visit excelprivatehire.co.uk
    Alpha Taxis: Call +44 (0)151 722 888 or visit alpha-taxi.co.uk
    Comcab Liverpool: Call +44 (0)151 298 2222 or visit comcab-liverpool.co.uk

  • Where to stay?

    Liverpool prides itself on its vast choice of accommodation – from luxury big brands to independent hostels, quirky BnB’s to city-centre boltholes – you can rest easy when you come to this city.

Accessibility

  • Is the Festival accessible?

    Yes – TGBF will be fully accessible but if you have any specific requirements or queries with regards to this, please email us [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.

    Blue Badge Parking sites can be found on Liverpool City Council’s website.

    There is also a list of Liverpool City Council car parks on their  website https://liverpool.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/find-parking/council-car-parks/

    There are other car parking options around the city centre and in the event zones.

  • Are there outdoor seating and rest areas?

    Yes. Public benches and seats are available around the zones route. There are also many cafes and restaurants along the route for breaks and refreshments.

  • Are the events wheelchair accessible?

    The session seating will be in a theatre style format.

    Wheelchair spaces will be available and can requested beforehand by contacting [email protected]

  • What about toilets and changing facilities?

    Public toilets are at the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool ONE

    Wheelchair accessible public toilets are at the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool ONE

    Baby changing facilities are at the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool ONE

    Adult Change Facilities at Liverpool ONE with an electrical hoist and sensory aids Disabled Parking, Toilets & Wheelchair Access – Liverpool ONE (liverpool-one.com)

  • Is the Festival easy to get around?

    The event site is across the Liverpool waterfront, Baltic Triangle and Knowledge Quarter for each day. There are parts where the route is fully pedestrianised with dropped curbs and elevators, but some areas are on cobbles or gravel due to the heritage of the locations.
    At times the ground may be uneven, especially in bad weather conditions when it becomes slippery.

    The distance between each of the venues each day is approximately 10m – 100m.

    There will be entrances and exits at each venues which will be highlighted as you approach. There are start times for each session so please plan-ahead to ensure you make the beginning. You will be allowed in after it has started if you arrive late, and you can leave whenever you need to.

  • Are there any strobe lights or other special effects?

    Flicker, laser, strobe lights and other lighting effects may be used at the sessions. Please read our guide to information on potential triggers and contact us if you have any specific concerns.

    Sound for each event will include the speakers talking with microphones, some will include audio from films shown on projectors.

    Some events include live music so will have full audio equipment and will be loud.

    Full neuro diverse and sensory descriptions are available by contacting [email protected].

You asked - we answered...

  • Who is your audience?

    Everyone. Business and society are inextricably linked, so whether you work for a business, run a business or are just interested in business, The Good Business Festival is for you.

    This includes: global brands, industry leaders, business owners, startups and scale-ups, investors, VCs and funders, NGOs and charities, cultural leaders, public sector leaders, engaged consumers, students, employees, the self-employed, freelancers, public sector workers and the future workforce.

  • What’s the point of it?

    The festival and legacy projects work towards the same ultimate goals:

    • To democratise and diversify a subject matter that impacts everyone
    • To engage with absolutely anyone in order to find consensus, where possible, on the global societal issues that matter
    • To provide learning opportunities for everyone from students to CEOs
    • To demonstrate the UK as a good business leader and Liverpool City Region as a region of good business
    • To enable businesses to be better, do more, go further and faster than they thought possible
  • What happens afterwards?

    Our legacy is a crucial part of our ambition. In order to drive the campaign for good business forward we aim to build a new community working to create meaningful change in business and in society, supported by digital resources and year round programming. This will include:

    • Free online resources and open source tools or good business learning and support
    • Long-term mentoring programmes
    • Programme-specific follow-ons including workshops, partnerships, networking groups, webinars, coaching and knowledge sharing
    • Continued thought leadership – publishing our collective learning, best practice and recommended action, targets and frameworks
    • Stimulating good business start-ups and education in our Liverpool City Region home
  • What if my views are different?

    At The Good Business Festival, everyone can have a seat at the table. The only condition is that all parties are willing to learn as well as teach, and talk openly and honestly about our past, present and future business activity.

    The global challenges that The Good Business Festival addresses are not easy to solve; these are systemic, complex and deep-rooted issues in our societies affecting millions of lives every day. Whilst we don’t expect to tackle these challenges in just 5 days, we will push ourselves, our participants and our audiences to think bigger, collaborate bet­ter and take action to address them. It’s a big task, and we believe that we can achieve more by working together than by operating alone. The Good Business Festival aims to harness the ingenuity, investment and creative curiosity of businesses large and small to help tackle these huge challenges while creating jobs, profits and robust local and global economies.

    In light of this, there are no predetermined restrictions on who we will or will not work with. We believe that positive change is possible. We don’t believe in judging any person or business only on their previous actions – what’s important is transparency about the past, and a focus on future ambition. This is an event built on inclusivity with the goal of creating fairer societies – that cannot happen if anyone is locked out of the conversation.

  • What are your sustainability commitments?

    Our aim and vision is to provide an inspirational approach to events sustainability. We recognise it is our duty to demonstrate leadership in the field of sustainability events management and therefore really put into practice what we’re talking about at on the main stage.

    The vision and strategic objectives are being delivered in line with the UK Sustainability Development Policy, the UN’s Sustainability Goals and the ISO20121 standards.

    The festival’s sustainable management system is based on these 5 pillars: Inclusivity, Integrity, Stewardship, Transparency, Legacy.