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Conferences, conventions, seminars and other business events are extremely important occasions that every businessperson should take very seriously. Whether you’re a senior employee at a major firm or the owner of a small independent business, business events provide invaluable opportunities to network with fellow professionals and entrepreneurs, building potentially valuable future relationships which allow for the sharing of tips, inside news and knowledge.

These events are also great places to find potential future customers, suppliers and investors, and to meet with members of other interested parties – including media figures who could potentially help spread your company’s name and brand.

When all things are considered, keeping on top of what business events are planned for the coming year is something that all serious businesspeople need to be doing.

On that note; here’s some information on the top business events that are taking place around the world in 2018.

  1. London Tech Week
  2. This world famous festival takes place annually and attracts over 40,000 attendees from over 70 different countries around the world. This year, it will be taking place from the 11th until the 17th of June.

    In the tech industry, there are few events that are more significant than this one and, in this day and age, it could be argued that we’re all in the technology industry in one way or another.

    Attendees can attend any of the 300 live events which take place across the city. The opportunity is also there for you to get your hands on the latest and hottest pieces of technology. 

  3. 99U
  4. 99U will run from the 9th until the 11th of May in New York City. Unlike many business conferences, 99U isn’t just about celebrating creativity and innovative ideas – instead, it’s a conference founded upon the values of pragmatism and action.

    The event is designed to give visionary, pioneering entrepreneurs an opportunity to hear from the masters in their fields about how to turn their ideas into practical realities. Attendees can expect to leave with plenty of ideas about active steps they can take towards achieving their business goals.

  5. World Business Forum
  6. This event is all about giving pioneers the opportunity to discuss their latest thoughts and ideas. It’s about challenging established conventions and receiving wisdom in the world of business.

    It will take place on 30-31 May 2018 in Sydney, and will include a host of both big name industry leaders and quiet success stories.

  7. One Young World
  8. With a focus on bringing together the leaders of tomorrow to give them a chance to discuss the pressing issues not just in their lines of business but in the general world, this conference in The Hague will run between 17th and 20th October 2018.

    With major issues such as climate change and human conflict under discussion, this is the ideal conference to attend if you’re concerned with the wider social responsibilities of the business community.

Other top events include the SGF Conference 2018, the Global Tech Summit, the AI Summits and, if you’re looking for something closer to home, here’s a list of business events that are due to take place in Dublin over the coming year.