Much-loved entrepreneur takes the reins at Nottingham City Business Club

Nottingham City Business Club has revealed the identity of its next President and announced a strategic partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Business School.

Deborah Labbate, founder of Star Connections and consultant with Inventya Limited, has been elected for a second stint at the helm of the venerable networking organisation, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

Labbate is a long-standing member of the Club, having first become a member in 2007 and previously holding the top job from 2011 to 2012.

She said: “It is my absolute honour to become President for a second time and particularly now, as the Club prepares for its 100th anniversary year in 2024.

“Lockdown had a significant impact on the Club, but we’re full steam ahead with event attendances back to pre-lockdown levels and our membership numbers standing at over 100.

“I would like to pass my thanks to our outgoing president Ross Davies of Strafe Creative, for his work over the last 12 months and also to Terry Ellis, of H2O Digital, who takes up the role as Vice President for a second term, for his ongoing support.”

The Club’s new partnership with the University of Nottingham will see the Business School become a sponsor.

David Park, Dean of Nottingham University Business School, said: “I have been aware of Nottingham City Business Club for some time and thought that this would be an ideal time for us to form a more concrete partnership.

“The club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, while also hosting a number of high-profile business events targeted at local SMEs – which presents the perfect audience for us to engage with.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Deborah and the council over the coming months and seeing where this exciting partnership takes us.”

Picture shows (L-R): Andrew Bacon, University of Nottingham; Deborah Labbate; President NCBC and David Park, Dean of the Business School, University of Nottingham

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