Monday, December 23, 2013

News: Rotherham YIBC line up revealed

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The first details have been announced of the leading names set to speak at The Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC) in Rotherham next year.

One of the leading business events in continental Europe, the convention began in 1995 and has attracted some of the biggest and most recognisable names from across the globe. This year, YIBC was held at Bridlington Spa, attracting 700 delegates and speakers. The next event will take place at The Magna Science Adventure Centre on March 28.

Robert Peston, business editor at BBC News and former financial editor of the Financial Times, tops the bill currently.

Following a hugely successful career his own stock skyrocketed during the banking crisis of 2008. Breaking the story that Northern Rock was on the cusp of collapse scored him the Scoop of the Year from the Royal Television Society. He has also broadcast and published a series of influential reports about the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis.

He will be joined by Rosie Swale-Pope MBE, Brian Blessed and Richard Noble OBE.

Rosie made her YIBC debut when the event was held in Bridlington and her inspiring tales of perseverance and triumph over adversity were a huge hit with delegates in East Yorkshire. Not least was when she recounted the tale of how she became the first person to circumnavigate the globe on foot.

As one of the most recognisable faces – and voices – of modern theatre, TV and film, Mexborough-born Brian Blessed's larger than life character always makes for an interesting and certainly entertaining, if a little wacky, interlude.

Often forgotten is his intrepid tales of exploration of the world's highest peaks and most barren of landscapes. This not-to-be-taken-too-seriously man has some serious life experience and shares it in the most engaging of manners.

Making his YIBC debut is Richard Noble, the man behind the Bloodhound SSC world land speed record bid that aims to break 1,000 mph and the previous Thrust SSC project that pushed a land-based vehicle through the sound barrier.

Essentially an entrepreneur, Noble specialises in developing high risk ventures but in the Bloodhound project, building a car quicker than a fighter jet is not, however, the primary goal. Rather, it is to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible.

Mike Firth, founder of YIBC, said: "We cannot wait for the Rotherham YIBC. Everyone is excited and looking forward to the speakers and the unique YIBC experience the delegates are set for."

Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council added: "We look forward to welcoming the YIBC, its speakers, sponsors and delegates to Rotherham next March for what I'm sure will be an interesting and enlightening event."

More speakers are set to be announced in the run up to the event. Sponsors include AESSEAL, Stafforce and Harworth Estates.

YIBC website

Images: Magna

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