Friday, October 8, 2021

News: Rotherham to host high profile national business debate


Sky News has chosen Rotherham to launch Big Ideas Live, the first in a series of live in-person events designed to bring together a diversity of views from around the country in a bid to brainstorm solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing the UK today.

The broadcaster’s biggest names will be joined by business leaders, industry commentators and political players in an interactive, conference-style setting to explore ideas surrounding the most prominent issues in our society. Each event is designed to address one area of specialism – ranging from Business and Economics, Arts, Climate, Science and Health, and Technology.

Held on October 12 at Magna in the former Templeborough steel works, a symbol of South Yorkshire’s industrial heritage, the first event will explore "How to fire up UK business & the economy in the wake of the pandemic."

Sky News’ Economics and Data Editor Ed Conway, Business Presenter Ian King, and presenters Trevor Phillips and Samantha Washington will host panels and interviews with guests including the former Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, the Chief Executive of Siemens UK Carl Ennis, UK Managing Director of Arla Foods, Ash Amirahmadi, climate activist and former Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid and CEO of Smart Green Shipping - Diane Gilpin. There will also be contributions from an in-person audience of regional business voices.

Analysis from the Sky News data journalism team will explore what the data tells us about how the pandemic has impacted UK business and the economy. The event will focus on the future of jobs, the future of green growth and the future of the North as a powerhouse for economic growth post-pandemic.

John Ryley, Head of Sky News said: “Sky News has proven through the past 18 months that we provide a vital public service to make the critical topics of our day accessible and relatable to our viewers. This is an ambitious next step to take Sky News’ specialists live into communities around the country and examine some very big ideas.

“Our Business and Economics Specialists and Data journalists are the among the best in the business, so this first topic was an obvious choice. Big Ideas Live will step away from rolling news and instead create a format to break down the important issues of our time, starting with reigniting UK business and the economy.

Magna Science Adventure Centre is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Millions of pounds have been invested in conference facilities at the centre which is operated by a charity, the Magna Trust.

In 2019, Magna hosted The Convention of the North which featured a headline speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Magna website

Images: Magna


Anonymous,  October 8, 2021 at 3:18 PM  

Guarantee it will suddenly become Sheffield's magna,as usually happens with high profile events.

Anonymous,  October 8, 2021 at 6:20 PM  

is this open to anyone or, if not, how does one get an invitation?

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