Wednesday, April 23, 2014

News: Home fixture for worldwide Webb

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Premier League and FIFA listed referee, Howard Webb MBE has picked up a booking - the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC) which is taking place in his hometown of Rotherham next month.

Hosted at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham on May 16, YIBC is one of the leading business events in continental Europe and has attracted some of the biggest and most recognisable names from across the globe.

In a section of the convention hosted by BBC's Tanya Arnold, Howard, an Honorary Freeman of the Borough, will speak about his refereeing career, from taking up refereeing in local leagues in 1989 to preparing to travel to Brazil this summer to officiate in the World Cup.

Police sergeant and Rotherham United fan, Howard, has refereed the FIFA World Cup Final, UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup Final.

Mike Firth, founder of YIBC, said: "Having Howard and Tanya on stage in a live talk is a fantastic addition to the line-up for Rotherham's first YIBC.

"For many years, the YIBC has welcomed speakers from the world of sport to offer delegates something a bit different to what they would expect from a business convention.

"We have had the likes of former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and Paralympian David Weir speak in the past and Howard's story should be another excellent account.

"Sport is one of the biggest businesses in the world. To be successful you need to have determination, vision, the will to win and the skills to succeed, much of the same attributes that are needed in the rest of the business world so I am sure all the delegates will be able to take something away with them from the day."

Political heavyweights Michael Portillo and John Prescott will go head to head at this year's YIBC, with the line-up also including Robert Peston, business editor at BBC News and former financial editor of the Financial Times, Rosie Swale-Pope MBE, Brian Blessed and Richard Noble OBE.

Firth added: "YIBC Rotherham is proving popular and is shaping up to be a fantastic day. Since the speaker line-up was confirmed, the excitement has been building.

"We are delighted with the speakers we have been able to attract for the first YIBC Rotherham and the final preparations are being made ahead of May 16 - it sure to be a great day for all of the delegates attending and for Rotherham as a whole."

YIBC website

Images: South Yorkshire Police

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