International Business Convention to return to Magna

2 July 2014

Europe’s “premier business event” is to return to Magna Science Adventure Centre in 2015.

The news comes as bosses at the visitor attraction reveal corporate bookings for the current financial year are already nearly equal to those for the whole of 2013/14.

Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC) was held at Magna for the first time last month with speakers including John Prescott, Michael Portillo and Robert Peston. Now organisers have booked to come back next year.

Magna has space for events from business meetings to large conferences; the YIBC was attended by over 400 delegates. In the last year Magna has also hosted conferences for bluechip companies including Mercedes Benz, Honda, HSBC and the Royal Mail.

John Silker, chief executive at Magna, said: “Getting the Yorkshire International Business Convention here in the first place was a coup for us, so getting it back is fantastic as it is such a prestigious event.”

The value of corporate bookings at Magna for the current financial year is already 96 per cent of the value for the whole of the previous year, with many more bookings expected.

In the next few months Magna will play host to an exhibition by an industrial tool distributor; a pool tournament; a job’s fair; Weston Park Hospital’s annual charity dinner, which will be attended by about 800 people; a tattoo convention and a Halloween dance festival.

“We are delighted to have a busy diary just three months in to the new financial year with such a wide range of events,” said John. “And it looks like we will be well up year on year as word spreads about what a great venue this is.”

The YIBC will return to Magna in October 2015. The speaker list has yet to be unveiled, but past guests have included Dr Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Lech Walesa, Robert Kennedy Jnr, Martin Bell, Neil Armstrong, Mikhail Gorbachev, Rudi Giuliani, Hans Blix, Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, George Bush Snr, Sir Bob Geldof and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Mike Firth, who has organised YIBC since it started in 1995, said: “The convention is not just the premier business conference of its kind in Yorkshire, but arguably the UK and Europe.

“Last year was the first time we held it at Magna – and we will be going back, because we got excellent feedback from the delegates; it is in a great location, just off the M1; has free parking, and can accommodate so many of us.”

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works, has space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people.

As well as being a corporate venue, Magna is also an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire, and it hosts regular school trips.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows John Silker outside Magna.

For more information see www.visitmagna.co.uk or contact Lisa Woolhouse at Magna on 01709 723145 or at lwoolhouse@magnatrust.co.uk

Magna is housed in the giant former Templeborough steel works, which opened in 1916 and at its height employed 10,000 people. It shut in 1993 and was mothballed until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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