Friday, May 23, 2014

News: YIBC raises Rotherham's profile

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Successfully hosting the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC) marks an incredible few years for Rotherham's business renaissance.

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.

Political heavyweights Michael Portillo and John Prescott performed an unlikely double-act, 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, Richard Noble OBE and police sergeant and Rotherham United fan, Howard Webb MBE.

Martin Kimber, chief executive of Rotherham Council, whose members approved plans to underwrite the event, said: "It was a fantastic coup having the Yorkshire International Business Convention here. It was a wonderful day and wonderful event which I'm sure each of the 400 attendees got a lot out of, whether it be new business ideas, new contacts or simply inspiration to move their business on to the next level.

"Not only was the event a great success for Rotherham, but it also managed to raise £4,000 for the charity Phase Worldwide, showing that Rotherham is big for business, and big-hearted too!

"Our town centre is seen nationally as a one of excellence, that has seen off challenges from local out-of-town retailers and has made a name for itself by supporting independent retailers who bring unique items and a personal touch to their businesses.

"On the other side of the scale, we have the internationally-renowned Advanced Manufacturing Park - home to some of the world's most innovative companies, including Boeing and Rolls-Royce - as a base for researching and manufacturing the latest technologies."

Mike Firth, chairman of YIBC, added: "This is the most dynamic part of the country with world-class organisations.

"The Advanced Manufacturing Park and the AMRC inspired me. This is a hotbed of manufacturing innovation and we need to do more to let the world know its potential; I hope that YIBC can play its part."

Some takeaway points from the speakers on the day:

Rosie Swale-Pope: "Nobody asks for adversity, gosh no. But it can help you to do great things. If a silly old woman like me can walk around the world then you can do anything."

Richard Noble: Discussed the inspiring Bloodhound SSC project and the critical need for Britain to start producing the engineering workforce of tomorrow.

Robert Peston: "The UK is absolutely not paying its way. I'm optimistic for the next four years but China worries me."

Michael Portillo and John Prescott: Shared stories of their political careers with neither of them having regrets about not becoming the leader of their respective parties.

Howard Webb: "Take your passion for something and see where it takes you."

Brian Blessed: "Life is the last word, not death."

YIBC website

Images: YIBC

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