The Business Day 2018

08 June only
Headline speaker, Sir Bob Geldof, along with social entrepreneur, Josh Littlejohn MBE, Geoffrey Boycott OBE and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty. With business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight.
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The Business Day 2018


Sir Bob Geldof, founding member of The Boomtown Rats and tireless campaigner for numerous world charities, is lined up as headline speaker at The Business Day 2018.

Sir Bob is most well known for using his high profile to raise awareness of a wide range of causes - primarily in Africa but more recently speaking out against the mass ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people of North West Burma.

He rose to fame thanks to his music career; which began with The Boomtown Rats in 1975, and is known for the award-winning hit albums and singles he has recorded – both as part of the band and as a solo artist – and he continues to be a prolific recording artist.

It was during the Ethiopian famine in 1984 that he turned his attention to charity work, organising Band Aid and the fundraising event Live Aid. He received a knighthood in 1986 in recognition of his charity work.

Sir Bob's co-ownership of Planet 24; a television production company that launched The Big Breakfast in 1992, he became established as an astute businessman. He also founded Deckchair.com; an online travel agent, and later founded documentary film production company, Ten Alps Communications.

Today, Sir Bob continues his charity work; having recently completed Geldof in Africa for the BBC, during which he travelled through West, Central and East Africa. He has also written a number of articles for publications including Time magazine.

He uses his experiences and insight into global issues to talk in an informative, provocative and entertaining way about a variety of topics. He is internationally recognised as a leading authority on world politics, international and current affairs, music, humanitarian issues, philanthropy, poverty, human rights and Africa. He is also a business entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of Brexit and UK and Irish politics.


Also on the speaker lineup

Leading Social Entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn
Josh Littlejohn, leading social entrepreneur added to The Business Day Line-up

Josh is the co-founder of Scottish social enterprise Social Bite, a national chain of sandwich and coffee shops, which shot to global fame when Hollywood A-lister George Clooney visited an outlet in 2015. Another Oscar winner Leonardo Di Caprio then visited the social enterprise in 2016.

Social Bite competes in high street takeaway food, as well as the high-end restaurant market, but does so for a social purpose. 100% of Social Bite's profits are donated to good causes and 1 in 4 of their staff are people from homeless backgrounds. Social Bite also feed the homeless with food that their customers pre-pay for. The organisation is by far the largest distributor of free fresh food and hot drinks to the homeless in the UK – giving away over 100,000 items each year.

Josh is also the founder of The Scottish Business Awards and as well as Clooney and Dicaprio, he has also enlisted the help of world leaders such as President Bill Clinton and Sir Richard Branson to support his social endeavours.

In 2016, Josh co-founded a Social Enterprise beer company called Brewgooder, where 100% of the profits go towards providing clean water. The brewery plans to provide clean drinking water for 1 million people in five years.

At the age of 30, Josh has raised over £4 million for charity and made a significant impact on the issue of homelessness in Scotland. Josh is an originator of social businesses, which not only tackle pressing issues but also radically challenge how we think about doing business.

In 2017, Josh was given an MBE in the New Years Honours list, which he dedicated to the homeless and marginalised. He has received 2 honorary doctorates and he also made the Debrett's list of 500 most influential people in the UK 2017.

Josh concluded the year by raising more than £3.5M to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland, organising the world's biggest sleep-out event Sleep In The Park. Sir Bob Geldof, John Cleese and Liam Gallagher were just a few of the star names involved, with major media outlets covering the success of the event and Josh Littlejohn himself.

Geoffrey Boycott
Cricket legend and one of Yorkshire's greatest living heroes Geoffrey Boycott OBE will be joining the speaker list for The Business Day at Bridlington Spa on Friday 8th June 2018. His announcement follows that of Joanna Lumley who was recently announced as the headline speaker for the prestigious event as part of Humber Business Week.

Geoffrey Boycott is a former Yorkshire and England cricketer. In a prolific and sometimes controversial playing career from 1962 to 1986, Boycott established himself as one of England's most successful opening batsmen and since retiring as a player, he has found further success as a cricket commentator. He is currently a member of BBC Radio 4 long wave's Test Match Special commentary team, as well as Channel 5's TV highlights and Test Match Special. He is going to Australia later this month to commentate on the Ashes for BT Sport.

He has written widely on a number of works on cricket, including his own autobiography and writes articles for the Daily Telegraph.

He was President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club between March 2012 and March 2014.

Hosted by Naga Munchetty
Her career as a journalist began at the Evening Standard and The Observer newspapers, and soon moved into reporting for Reuters Financial Television. Her love of financial matters, news and television led her to CNBC Europe where she became an Executive Producer. She has also worked as a Producer and Reporter for Channel 4 News, before becoming an anchor for Bloomberg Television. There she fronted a daily show and regularly grilled major CEOs and Central Bankers. In 2008 Naga moved to the BBC to front BBC2's Working Lunch and subsequently the European Breakfast programme for BBC World News.

Naga is also a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, having presented Moneybox and Pick of the Week, She will soon be heard presenting an edition of the Saturday evening news and current affairs programme, PM.

Golf is one of Naga's passions and she plays as much as she can – She plays off a handicap of 8. In 2013, Naga was crowned the winner of Celebrity Mastermind on the subject of The Ryder Cup – she answered every question correctly on her pet subject.

In 2014, she was named by the Asian Power List as one of the UK's most powerful Asian females.
Naga is a supporter of many charities and causes close to her heart, including mental health, education, women's rights and animal welfare.

She is always keen to combine a love of sport with taking on fresh challenges – she ran the 2013 London Marathon and in 2015 took to two wheels completing the Women V Cancer Ride The Night 100km cycling ride.

Naga was one of the judges for The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016, and in the same year she was a celebrity contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

She is an excellent moderator, host and presenter. As a seasoned and tenacious journalist and broadcaster, she is comfortable in all circumstances. One of her key skills is the ability to put audiences and interviewees at ease with her level-headed, considered, meticulous and thoughtful manner.

As an interviewer, host or presenter Naga is a safe pair of hands who will work closely with organisers to bring the best out of any event.

The Business Day will take place at Bridlington Spa on Friday 8 June 2018. Tickets cost £125 per person, or £1,000 for 10.
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