Yorkshire International Business Convention: Strauss tells of Ashes winning formula

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss at the Yorkshire International Business Convention. PIC: Simon Dewhirst

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss at the Yorkshire International Business Convention. PIC: Simon Dewhirst

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england cricket captain Andrew Strauss led the batting as the speaker at this year’s Yorkshire International Business Convention.

The event was held yesterday jointly at the Harrogate Conference Centre and the Spa in Bridlington.

The England cricket captain was grilled by the audience – all members of the region’s business community – and Look North presenter Harry Gration.

The event was opened by TV comic Roy Walker. Guest speakers included adventurer Monty Halls, chairman of design and business consultancy Arup, Terry Hill, buy-to-let property investor Caroline Marsh and the inventor of the worldwide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Numbers at the event were down in Harrogate, at 535, on previous years when it has been held at the town’s showground but the move to the Conference Centre saved organisers £30,000.

The Bridlington venue was a sell out with 665 attending.

The theme of the convention was Winners and Andrew Strauss talked about England’s Ashes battle with Australia.

He said: “One thing we thought was absolutely crucial was to have all the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted before we went to Australia.

“We looked at what we were going to be tested on in Australia. We came up with a strategy of containment. If we could be accurate and not allow them to score they would self destruct.”

Funds were raised for Harrogate-based charity Henshaws which helps people with sight loss and disabilities.

ARUP chairman Terry Hill talked about the importance of mutual companies – where all the staff are part owners of the business – to the economy.

He said: “We do not have these disinterested shareholders and it makes life much more simple.”

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