Friday 8 June 2018 - Bridlington Spa

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The Business Day at Bridlington Spa on Friday 8 June 2018, with business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight.

650 business leaders from across the region hearing from headline speaker Sir Bob Geldof, as well as social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn, and Yorkshire cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott. The event is hosted throughout by journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty.

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Sir Bob Geldof

Sir Bob Geldof

Born in 1951, Sir Bob Geldof is one of Ireland's most successful exports and is known throughout the world for his many talents and passions.

Geoffrey Boycott

Josh Littlejohn

Josh Littlejohn is one of the UK's leading social entrepreneurs and co-founder of Scottish social enterprise Social Bite.

Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty is known nationwide as a high profile journalist and broadcaster.

Geoffrey Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott is a former Yorkshire and England cricketer, with a prolific and sometimes controversial playing career from 1962 to 1986.

Starting his career as a successful musician, actor and songwriter, he has gone on to both inspire a generation and make prolific social changes as a philanthropist and political activist. An inspiring and influential public speaker, he speaks on a range of topics and uses his vast personal experiences to both provoke and motivate his audience.

Shooting to fame as the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof was a major player in the 80s punk rock movement and enjoyed over a decade of hits between 1975 and 1986, including “Rat Trap”, “I Don’t Like Mondays” and “Up All Night”. After leaving the band, he launched a successful solo career, published his best-selling autobiography, “Is That It?” and worked as a radio DJ, journalist and television presenter.

Showcasing his incredible versatility, he has also established himself as an astute businessman. By 1992, he was co-owner of television production company, Planet 24, responsible for the extremely popular early morning show, The Big Breakfast. He also became a founding partner of Groupcall in 2002, an IT company who specialises in communication software and data extraction tools for the education, public and business sectors.

Showbiz success and business acumen aside, Sir Bob Geldof is possibly most famous for his work as a tireless charity campaigner and activist. In 1984, and in response to a BBC report documenting the famine in Ethiopia, he mobilised the pop world to raise funds in an attempt to bring about change. He wrote and performed “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with a variety of other artists under the name, Band Aid – a song which became the UK’s fastest selling single of all time, entered the chart at number one and eventually went on to raise more than £8 million for charity.

Following the astronomical success of Band Aid, Bob Geldof went on to organise Live Aid in 1985, one of the biggest rock concerts the world had ever seen. It took place at Wembley Stadium in London and John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, lasted 16 hours and raised over £150 million for famine relief in Africa. He was subsequently granted an honorary knighthood for his charity efforts in 1986.

Following a further two decades of determined charity work and activism, Geldof went on to organise the Live 8 concerts. Part of the Make Poverty History campaign, the Live 8 project consisted of 6 concerts across the world and aimed to raise awareness of the plight in Africa, including poverty, hunger, government debt and the AIDs epidemic.

Sir Bob Geldof has received a number of awards in recognition of his charity work, including a Man of Peace award in 2005 and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2006 and 2008.

The last incarnation of Band Aid took place in 2014 under the name of Band Aid 30. The group, composed of some of the biggest-selling British and Pop bands including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Ellie Goulding, recorded a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” that went straight to number one in the UK Official Singles Chart.

Bob 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 an expert speaker and speaks on leadership, motivation, media, press relations and travel. In addition he is a business entrepreneur and has extensive knowledge of UK and Irish Politics.

Social Bite is a national chain of sandwich and coffee shops, which shot to global fame when Holywood 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.

She is currently one of the main presenters for BBC Breakfast and can be seen on the famous red sofa every week. It is also occasionally possible to see Naga at work at the other end of the day presenting BBC Newsnight.

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’s PM, Moneybox and Pick of the Week.

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 recently returned to the saddle and completed a gruelling London to Paris bike 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.

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.

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