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News: Inspiring Yorkshire Business Event

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The Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham is launching its very own business networking exhibition - The Inspiring Yorkshire Business Event.

Set in the former Templeborough steelworks, Magna is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Millions of pounds have been invested in conference facilities at the centre which plays host to nationally important music events, boxing, corporate launches and award ceremonies.

In 2014, Magna hosted the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC), a leading business event in continental Europe. It was hailed as a success by the organisers and was set to come back this year.

Now, the award-winning venue has announced that The Inspiring Yorkshire Business Event will be held in the Big Hall on February 18.

It is set to include stalls for more than 100 businesses, as well as expert workshops, seminars and speakers. Organisers say that more than 20 businesses have already signed up to exhibit. High profile speakers are expected to join the line-up.

John Silker, chief executive at Magna, said: "We have a very proud history of running major trade shows and exhibitions that attract thousands of visitors here at Magna. These are organised by the companies themselves and we thought it was about time that we organised our own business event in an effort to help businesses across the region.

"There are some amazing businesses, but many are unaware of each other or what they can offer. So coming to Magna, with its huge capacity, will give them the chance to network with more than 100 different companies in one day – bringing many mutual benefits. It will be a fantastic opportunity for both them and us."

Over the years Magna has hosted conferences for blue chip companies such as Mercedes Benz, Honda, HSBC and Royal Mail. It has also hosted events ranging from cosplay conventions and wedding fairs to the Olympic torch relay and a BBC Philharmonic Orchestra concert. It can cater for up to 5,000 people.

Rotherham Council is still considering whether to continue to make financial support available for the venue. Consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have completed a review of Magna's business, to help to strengthen the Magna business plan and to assess the future viability of Magna and to give some assurances moving forward.

Magna website

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