Sir Ken tops the bill at major business convention

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SIR Ken Morrison, the man who turned Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons into one of the most respected names in the corporate world, will head the bill at this year’s Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC).

Sir Ken, who is now life president of Morrisons, will share his story with delegates at the YIBC, which will be held at The Spa in Bridlington on June 5.

He joins an impressive line-up that also includes human rights activist Ziauddin Yousafzai, 2010 World Cup Final referee Howard Webb, explorer Ken Hames and peace educator Mark Milton.

Mike Firth, the founder of YIBC, said he is delighted to be able to confirm Sir Ken’s appearance.

He said yesterday: “This year we are bringing an inspiring and educational line-up of speakers, including two quite amazing stories.

“Sir Ken Morrison will share his story of his business life and pass on lessons learned, as he built Morrisons from a market shop to the fourth largest supermarket in the UK.

“Ziauddin Yousafzai is a passionate believer in education and in particular the right of all girls to be treated equally. He founded a school in the Swat Valley in Afghanistan which brought education to all the local children.

“He suffered many threats from Taliban extremists and went through the horror of seeing his daughter Malala shot.

“At The Spa, he will share his very brave and inspirational story.”

Mr Firth said he is looking forward to another day of ‘inspiring people inspiring people’ in Bridlington.

“Every year we wonder how we’re going to top the last, but for 2015 we have a very strong line-up yet again,’’ he said.

“The excitement is increasing by the day and we can’t wait for June and to make our return to Bridlington.”

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