Rotherham blessed by international business convention

Published Thursday, 22nd May 2014
Actor Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed

Rotherham is proudly placing yet another feather in its business cap after successfully hosting the Yorkshire International Business Convention.

The convention, which took place on Friday May 16 at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, welcomed a host of speakers ranging from BBC News Business Editor Robert Peston to adventurer Rosie Swale-Pope MBE, showing exactly why Rotherham means business.

The Yorkshire International Business Convention, which was founded in 1995 by businessman Mike Firth, welcomed over 400 delegates to the Great Hall in Magna for a day of inspirational speeches and networking.

Other speakers included Richard Noble OBE, who spoke about the inspirational efforts to create the world’s first 1,000mph car, Michael Portillo and John Prescott, whose double-act gave the audience an insight into the world of national politics, Howard Webb, who spoke about triumph under pressure, and Mexborough-born Brian Blessed, who thrilled the audience with his tales of scaling Mount Everest against insurmountable odds.

Council Chief Executive, Martin Kimber, said: "The Yorkshire International Business Convention marks an incredible few years for Rotherham’s business renaissance.

"Our town centre is seen nationally as a one of excellence, that has seen off challenges from local out-of-town retailers and has made a name for itself by supporting independent retailers who bring unique items and a personal touch to their businesses.

"Similarly, Rotherham Markets were named ‘Best National Street/Outdoor Market’ in the KPR Midlink Market of the Year competition in 2012 and have gone from strength to strength ever since.

"On the other side of the scale, we have the internationally-renowned Advanced Manufacturing Park - home to some of the world’s most innovative companies, including Boeing and Rolls-Royce - as a base for researching and manufacturing the latest technologies.

"It was a fantastic coup having the Yorkshire International Business Convention here. It was a wonderful day and wonderful event which I’m sure each of the 400 attendees got a lot out of, whether it be new business ideas, new contacts or simply inspiration to move their business on to the next level.

"Not only was the event a great success for Rotherham, but it also managed to raise £4000 for the charity Phase Worldwide, showing that Rotherham is big for business, and  big-hearted too!"

Mike Firth, Chairman of YIBC, said: "This is the most dynamic part of the country with world-class organisations.

"The Advanced Manufacturing Park and the AMRC inspired me. This is a hotbed of manufacturing innovation and we need to do more to let the world know its potential; I hope that YIBC can play its part."