Enterprise stars come out for Business Club forum

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A PIONEER of the mobile phone industry, the founder and host of an international digital conference and the entrepreneur behind a ground-breaking broadband provider are the star guests at the next Yorkshire Post Business Club event.

Mike Short, vice president for public affairs at O2 owner Telefonica Europe, Herb Kim, chief executive of Sunderland-based Codeworks, and Lee Strafford, co-founder and former CEO of Plusnet, will use the forum to explain how the digital and telecommunications industries can drive economic growth in the North of England.

Dr Short, president of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, will discuss how the mobile and the internet present opportunities for innovation but also change the way that we all operate.

Mr Kim, a Princeton University graduate from New York, will tell delegates how he established the annual Thinking Digital conference, which attracts the original thinkers from a range of cutting-edge industries.

Mr Strafford, a board member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, will expand his vision for data centres and next-generation science parks and how they can create a Silicon Valley in the North.

The Yorkshire Post Business Club is a forum for chairmen, chief executives, company directors and top advisers to debate the leading issues of the day.

Past speakers have included Richard Tufft, a partner at Goldman Sachs, Chris Rea, the managing director of AESSEAL, Mark Prisk, the Minister for Enterprise, and Lord Allan, the European spokesman for Facebook.

The event takes place in Wellington Street, Leeds on February 9.

A limited number of tickets are available via jayne.lownsbrough@ypn.co.uk

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