World Cup star Howard to ref at Chamber business awards

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Rotherham’s star referee Howard Webb MBE has been confirmed as the host of this year’s Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards, which will take place in October.

Howard, who most famously refereed the 2010 World Cup Final in Johannesburg, has recently ended his 25-year refereeing career to start a new one; he was recently appointed as the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board. Howard will host the chamber’s awards evening and keep the ceremony and guests in check.

Chief Executive of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber Andrew Denniff said: “We are honoured that one of Howard’s first official engagements following his return from Brazil and subsequent retirement will be the hosting of 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.”

Former South Yorkshire police officer Howard will also talk about how he achieved his lifetime goals, what it took for him to achieve his ambitions and the challenges he faced along the way. He is an experienced after-dinner speaker noted for his humour and determination to succeed, his anecdotal soccer stories and his passion for the game.

Howard said: “It is a privilege to host these awards.”

The award ceremony will take place on Friday, October 17 at the Barnsley Metrodome. Companies still have a short time to enter the 10-award categories; the deadline for entries is Friday, September 12. For more information or to enter, call 01709 386200 or go to