Monday, September 16, 2013

News: Rotherham launch for Yorkshire International Business Convention

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A launch event took place last week for The Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC), a leading business event in continental Europe, that is taking place in Rotherham next year.

Around sixty guests from businesses and intermediaries across the region attended the launch, held on the borough's Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), to learn more about the YIBC.

The brain-child of businessman Mike Firth, the convention began in 1995 and has attracted some of the biggest and most recognisable names from across the globe, including Dr Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, Neil Armstrong, Bill Clinton and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Now in its 18th year, it will be hosted at Magna on March 28 2014 and is expected to emphasise the region's world-leading capabilities in advanced manufacturing. Magna is the UK's first science adventure centre and is set in the former Templeborough steelworks.

Speaking at the launch, Mike Firth, founder of the YIBC, said: "We are delighted to see the excellent support that we had from the region for today's launch event and our plans to bringing the YIBC event to Rotherham and the Sheffield City Region.

"The YIBC experience works equally well for all sizes of business. We will deliver a full day programme of world-class speakers to inspire, educate and entertain our delegates, whilst the networking opportunities are second-to-none and overall our aim is to enthuse the delegates and send them away buzzing with ideas.

"It's also a fantastic way of celebrating the business success of Yorkshire, and especially, as it's being held in the town, the continuing success of Rotherham and the south of the region."

Councillor Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, added: "We're incredibly proud to be able to welcome, and host, The Yorkshire International Business Convention here in Rotherham.

"It's a prestigious event which has helped to further put the region on the map in terms of business innovation and advancement. I'd like to thank Mike for all his hard work and enthusiasm in bringing the YIBC to our town."

Organisers have been asking for suggestions for high profile speakers and announcement are set to be made in the near future.

YIBC website

Images: YIBC

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