Tuesday, July 16, 2013

News: Rotherham to host Yorkshire International Business Convention


The Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC), a leading business event in continental Europe, will be held in Rotherham next year.

The brain-child of businessman Mike Firth, the convention began in 1995 and has attracted some of the biggest and most recognisable names from across the globe, including Dr Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, Neil Armstrong, Bill Clinton and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Set to be formally launched at The Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in September, the 2014 event will take place at The Magna Science Adventure Centre on March 28.

Magna is the UK's first science adventure centre and is set in the former Templeborough steelworks. It is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. It also hosts regular school trips and has event space that can cater for anything from 30 people up to 3,000.

This year, YIBC was held at Bridlington Spa, attracting 700 delegates and speakers.

Mike Firth, founder of YIBC, said: "We are delighted to be bringing our event to Rotherham and the Sheffield City Region. We will deliver a full day of World Class speakers who will inspire, educate and entertain our delegates.

"The YIBC experience works equally well for all sizes of business. The networking opportunities are second-to-none and over the years many have commented on deals done on the day. Our aim is to send delegates away buzzing with ideas.

"The convention helps to prove that even in this difficult economic climate, problems can be tackled and overcome in a variety of ways.  A new idea, working smarter, a change of direction or even, as the Dalai Lama put it, abandoning greed.

"It's also a fantastic way of celebrating the business success of Yorkshire, and especially, as it's being held in the town, the continuing success of Rotherham."

Councillor Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council, added: "There's no doubt about it, Rotherham is a business success. From the world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Park to the burgeoning town centre, Rotherham is buzzing with business.

"We're incredibly proud to be able to welcome, and host, The Yorkshire International Business Convention. It's a prestigious event which has helped to further put the region on the map in terms of business innovation and advancement.

"YIBC will bring the kind of speakers, and guests, which have graced the convention in the past two decades. "I'd like to thank Mike for all his hard work and enthusiasm in bringing the YIBC to our town, I can't wait.

"Having business leaders from not only Yorkshire, but the entire country, here in Rotherham will be a fantastic business boost for the town, as they will get to see the incredible strides made here in terms of investment and innovation."

A report to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development earlier this year outlined proposals for the council to underwrite the event, up to a maximum sum specified. It was noted that this sum will not be required should the event reach its target for sales and sponsorship. Members requested information about the experience of other local authorities in hosting this event.

YIBC website

Images: Magna


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