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 Joanna Lumley, as well as social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn, and Yorkshire cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott. The event is hosted throughout by journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty.
Joanna Lumley is one of the most versatile and current personalities in the UK today; with one of the country’s most recognisable voices.
Josh Littlejohn is one of the UK's leading social entrepreneurs and co-founder of Scottish social enterprise Social Bite.
Naga is known for being one of the main presenters on breakfast television.
Geoffrey Boycott is a former Yorkshire and England cricketer, with a prolific and sometimes controversial playing career from 1962 to 1986.
She is known as an actress, former model and author and activist but most people when asked recall her as Patsy Stone, the co-dependent, parasitic companion of Edina Monsoon in the BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous.
She has been in the public eye since 1957 and has continuously reinvented herself to maintain her relevance to each new audience. She’s well-known for her early work on The New Avengers and Sapphire and Steel and has, more latterly, forged a successful role guiding audiences on intensely personal journeys through her many documentaries.
With a book from her childhood as the catalyst she set off in 2008 in search of the Northern Lights in Norway to see what Ponny the Penguin saw. When the Northern Lights revealed themselves the entire viewing audience was caught up in the emotion of the moment.
She went on to discover the source of the Nile in 2010, went on a Greek Odyssey in 2011 and hunted for Noah’s Ark in 2012. In 2015, she journeyed over 6,000 miles along the Trans-Siberian Railway before exploring Japan the following year and this year she traced her routes in Joanna Lumley’s India.
As an activist, in 2008 she became the public face of the Nepalese Gurkha’s fight for the right to settle in Britain – in 2009, Jacqui Smith; the then Home Secretary announced that Gurkha’s who had served four years or more before 1997 would be allowed to settle.
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.
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.
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.