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News: Webb appointed for Chamber awards fixture

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2010 World Cup Final referee, Rotherham's Howard Webb MBE, has been confirmed as the host of this year's Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards taking place in October. 

Howard, who has recently ended his 25 year refereeing career after being appointed as the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, will host the evening and keep the awards ceremony and guests in check.

Andrew Denniff, chief executive of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber, himself a former match official, said: "We are honoured that one of Howards' first official engagements following his return from Brazil and subsequent retirement is to host this year's Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards.

"Howard is a local man who has achieved great heights in his profession and it is fitting he will pass on this year's accolades to businesses and individuals who achieve the same in their respective industries."

Webb is a Rotherham United fan and an Honorary Freeman of the Borough. The former police sergeant has refereed the FIFA World Cup Final, UEFA Champions League Final and the FA Cup Final. Howard will talk about how he achieved his lifetime goals and what was required to achieve his ambitions and the challenges he faced during this time. He is an experienced after-dinner speaker and brings humour, stories and demonstrates his passion for the game and determination to succeed. 

Howard said: "The relationship between business and sport is vital for both and it is a privilege to host these awards which recognise the best in business from Barnsley and Rotherham."

The Award ceremony takes place on Friday, October 17 at the Barnsley Metrodome. Companies still have a short time to enter the ten award categories with the deadline for entries on Friday, September 12.

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber website

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