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easycopiers Ltd presents RBN's next event with George North
Wed 30 November 2016, 18:00 – 20:30 GMT
Our hosts for the evening are easycopiers - one of RBN's commercial partners and also proud sponsors of our Life After Rugby programme. Based out of Milton Keynes and London, easycopiers are an independent supplier of electronic office equipment and telecoms are known for providing tailor-made solutions to meet their clients' exact requirement.
Our Guest Speaker, George North, is one of the most talented wingers in the modern game and already has two Six Nations titles to his name despite his tender years.
He was just 18 when he was named in Wales' squad for the 2010 November internationals having burst on to the professional scene with a two-try haul for the Scarlets in the Magners League earlier that season.
North became the first teenager in the world to score 10 Test tries and was capped 21 times before his 20th birthday.
His international form even prompted a bid from Aviva Premiership side Northampton, which came to be at the epicenter of a row between the Scarlets and the Welsh Rugby Union.
He was an ever present in the highly successful RBS 6 Nations sides of 2012 and 2013 and was an emphatic success when he was selected to tour Australia with the British & Irish Lions. He went on to take a starring role on the tour and was a key figure in their 2-1 series victory - most notable scoring a sensational solo try in the first Test.
Most recently North played for Wales during the 2016 Six Nations, scoring tries against Scotland, France, England, and Italy.
Pete moved to Milton Keynes in 1993 and established Great Linford Manor as one of Europe’s leading residential recording studios following a successful and varied career in the music industry in London.
Whilst in Milton Keynes and inspired by the footballing exploits of his son, Bobby, Pete has worked tirelessly with the public and private sectors to deliver the new city’s 30-year ambition to host professional league football and develop a landmark multi-purpose sports and spectators events complex. The resulting Stadium MK is the new home of MK Dons FC of which Pete is Chairman.
Phase 1 of Stadium MK was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by Her Majesty the Queen, as the stadium played a key role in the city’s 40th Birthday celebrations with an Olympic-style opening ceremony performed by Milton Keynes schoolchildren.
2009 saw the opening of a Doubletree by Hilton four star hotel in the stadium and the 30,500 capacity Stadium MK was finally completed to UEFA Elite standard in 2014 which also saw the completion of Arena MK a new space in the region for exhibitions and concerts.
In 2015 the Rugby World Cup came to Milton Keynes with Stadium MK hosting three record breaking attendances during the pool stages.
The iconic facility has brought an inward investment of nearly £350 million to MK1 together with new employment opportunities for over 4,000 people in retail and leisure including Asda, Ikea and the outlets at the MK1 Shopping and Leisure Parks. The Club’s charity the MK Dons Sports & Education Trust now proudly engages with over 50,000 Milton Keynes citizens every year.
In November 2015, Milton Keynes Council awarded him the Council's highest ceremonial honour, the Freedom of the Borough of Milton Keynes.
Our Charity speaker for the night is Rachel Roxburgh from the Dallaglio Foundation.The foundation based on the values of rugby delivers long-term intensive skill development programmes to 14-17 year-olds. As their first CEO, Rachel will be speaking to RBN members about the foundation's various programmes and initiatives in achieving sustained education, employment and training.
So join us for an evening of relaxed rugby-styled networking with a bit of business.
We look forward to seeing you!
-- Team RBN --