Robins on the spot at YBF Date: 24/04/2013

Town trio Chairman Dean Hoyle, Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens and Manager Mark Robins were among the attendees at a packed Yorkshire Business Forum on Tuesday, sponsored by Chadwick Lawrence.

240 people descended on the Stadium yesterday for an afternoon of business networking and keynote speakers – the fourth in a series of what has become an annual event.

Huddersfield Town Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens is pictured above with Rugby Football Union Chairman Bill Beaumont, Chadwick Lawrence Managing Partner Jeremy Garside, Yorkshire Post Business Editor Bernard Ginns and Chairman Dean Hoyle ahead of the day.

CEO Nigel Clibbens kicked things off at 12.30pm with a brief introduction of the keynote speakers before going onto emphasise the importance of events such as the Yorkshire Business Forum to the business community and Huddersfield Town’s view that ‘business and elite professional sport go hand in hand’.

Bernard Ginns, Business Editor of the Yorkshire Post, then took centre stage and explained how Yorkshire as a region should specialise and concentrate on its unique strengths in a time of economic difficulty such as the present.

Following a two course lunch delegates listened to Manager Mark Robins, who gave a brief description of his relatively brief spell in charge at the Club before answering a few questions from the floor.

Rugby legend Bill Beaumont CBE rounded off the day as the main attraction; comparing his life in professional sport and the methods he used to succeed and how they could be applied in other business climates.

Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens said:

“Being strong both off and on the field is at the heart of what we are trying to be. Off the field strength is a key driver of long term success and failure in sport – that management is at the heart of being strong and sustainable – just as in commerce.

“It is too simplistic to say ‘get on the field right and that’s all that counts’ – ask supporters of many clubs.”

Town’s Senior Commercial Manager Tracy Nelson commented:

“We’d like to thank everyone that attended the fourth Yorkshire Business Forum at the Stadium.

“The terrific range of speakers we had at the event gave a wide range of information and insight into different aspects of the business world and I’m sure everyone took something away from the afternoon that they can apply in their business lives.”