Magna venue for top business event

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Yorkshire’s International Business Convention is coming to the Sheffield City Region for the first time in its nearly 20 -year history.

The prestigious event, whose principal guest speakers have included the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, former US president Bill Clinton and the father of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, will take place at Rotherham’s Magna Centre, next March.

Plans have also been unveiled for an exclusive black tie dinner in the Marble Hall at what has been hailed as the largest private house in the UK, the 200-plus room Wentworth Woodhouse.

Principal guest speakers have yet to be confirmed, but the event will be compèred by TV presenter Clare Balding.

Speakers will include Eden Project founder Tim Smit, who is currently exploring possibilities for a similar ecology-based visitor attraction in China.

The Convention is the brainchild of Mike Firth, who saw how a similar event attracted hundreds of thousands of business leaders to a previously undiscovered part of California.

He says the Magna event will have a strong emphasis on manufacturing and international trade.

Former Sheffield Chamber of Commerce president Nick Tovey, who has been to 13 previous Conventions, highlighted the benefits of the event to business.

“Every year it has re-inspired me and recharged my batteries. The clients I have brought to the Convention have told me how enjoyable it was,” said Mr Tovey.

“It’s not just about sitting around a table and having a chat, it’s about meeting and listening to some fantastic people.”

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