Friday, July 4, 2014

News: Yorkshire International Business Convention to return to Rotherham

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The Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC), one of the leading business events in continental Europe, is to return to Rotherham in 2015.

Hosted at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham in May the 2014 event was hailed as a success by the organisers who have already booked to come back next year.

400 delegates were at the former Templeborough Steelworks to see political heavyweights Michael Portillo and John Prescott performing 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.

Mike Firth, who has organised YIBC since it started in 1995, said: "The convention is not just the premier business conference of its kind in Yorkshire, but arguably the UK and Europe.

"Last year was the first time we held it at Magna – and we will be going back, because we got excellent feedback from the delegates; it is in a great location, just off the M1; has free parking, and can accommodate so many of us."

John Silker, chief executive at Magna, added: "Getting the Yorkshire International Business Convention here in the first place was a coup for us, so getting it back is fantastic as it is such a prestigious event."

The visitor attraction has also revealed that corporate bookings for the current financial year are already nearly equal to those for the whole of 2013/14. In the last year Magna has also hosted conferences for bluechip companies including Mercedes Benz, Honda, HSBC and the Royal Mail.

The value of corporate bookings at Magna for the current financial year is already 96 per cent of the value for the whole of the previous year, with many more bookings expected.

In the next few months Magna will play host to an exhibition by an industrial tool distributor; a pool tournament; a job's fair; Weston Park Hospital's annual charity dinner, which will be attended by about 800 people; a tattoo convention and a Halloween dance festival.

Silker added: "We are delighted to have a busy diary just three months in to the new financial year with such a wide range of events. And it looks like we will be well up year on year as word spreads about what a great venue this is."

It's not just inside the massive venue that is in demand either, with the car park now regularly used for training young drivers and space available for camping for this weekend's Tour de France.

The YIBC will return to Magna in October 2015.

YIBC website
Magna website

Images: YIBC

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