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News: Yorkshire International Business Convention nears

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Excitement is building as Rotherham hosts its first Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC), one of the leading business events in continental Europe.

The event, which is taking place on May 16 at Magna Science Adventure Centre, features a star-studded line-up, including speakers from the worlds of sport, business, politics and entertainment.

Well-known names include football referee Howard Webb, political heavyweights Michael Portillo and John Prescott, and the larger-than-life Brian Blessed, but organisers feel that there will be plenty additionally to inspire.

The day’s programme includes two speakers that have pushed themselves and technology to the limits.

Rosie Swale-Pope is recognised as one of the most courageous and gutsy women of her generation. She is the only person in history, man or woman, to have undertaken an epic solo, unsupported run around the world. During her epic adventure spanning 20,000 miles and nearly five years, she faced extreme danger, bitter Siberian winters, wolves, axe men and desolate loneliness.

Richard Noble is used to pushing the boundaries of engineering technology successful, heading the Thrust2 programme which brought the World Land Speed Record back to Britain in 1983 before breaking the sound barrier with the Thrust SSC supersonic land speed record vehicle. Now with Bloodhound SSC, Noble's team is aiming to top the 1,000 mph mark on land.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is one of the YIBC's supporters, and ahead of the event, Paul Woodcock, Director of Planning & Regeneration, said: "It is great to see that there are over 400 delegates booked for the first YIBC event in Rotherham. I’m sure that they will all have an interesting and inspiring day, particularly with speakers like Rosie & Richard who show that determination and persistence can help overcome the toughest challenges."

Mike Firth, founder of YIBC, added: "YIBC Rotherham is shaping up to be a great event. I’m sure it will be a terrific day for all of the delegates attending and for Rotherham as a whole."

YIBC website

Images: Magna

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