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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Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Sir Gary Verity and internationally renowned leadership guru René Carayol MBE added as speakers

Friday 18 May 2018

Sir Gary Vaerity
Rene Carayol MBE

The Business Day is delighted to announce the addition of Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Sir Gary Verity and internationally renowned leadership guru René Carayol MBE as speakers at the event being held at Bridlington Spa on Friday 8 June.

Fresh from delivering the spectacle of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire to 2.6 million spectators and with images being beamed around the globe to 190 countries, Sir Gary will be the first speaker of the day for 670 delegates attending The Business Day and will share the stage with Yorkshire cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott OBE.

Complementing the speaker line-up, leadership guru, writer, broadcaster and author René Carayol will host intimate breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon. Whilst being a much acclaimed visiting professor at the distinguished CASS Business School in London, and lecturing on their MSc in Management, René is no academic; he is not just one of the world’s leading executive coaches working with some of the Fortune 500’s top CEOs and their executive teams, but he has also been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council said “René’s focus on inspirational leadership and high performing cultures will give delegates food for thought and the enduring partnership between Welcome to Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be well showcased for delegates to the event”

Andrew Aldis, general manager, Bridlington Spa said “It will be great to welcome Sir Gary back to Bridlington Spa. The venue’s involvement in the delivery of the Tour de Yorkshire is an annual high point for me and René’s exciting breakout sessions will add to the superb quality on offer from all the sponsors at The Business Day. It’s going to be a great day”

Sir Bob Geldof to take the place of Joanna Lumley as headline speaker

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Bob Geldof

Sir Bob Geldof, founding member of The Boomtown Rats and tireless campaigner for numerous world charities, is announced as headline speaker at The Business Day 2018. He replaces the previously announced headline speaker, Joanna Lumley, who has been forced to withdraw due to changing filming schedules for her latest documentary project.

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; 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.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said, “Sir Bob Geldof is a fantastic addition to our programme of speakers for The Business Day. The event is billed as a day of discovery and insight for business people – and who better than Sir Bob to deliver a unique world insight that, I have no doubt, people will be eager to hear.”

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa, said, “As a venue manager and event producer, who was a teenager in the 1980s, it’s hard to describe the pride I feel in sharing space with Sir Bob Geldof for a few hours. The Band Aid single and Live Aid events were pivotal moments that focussed the attention of teenagers like me on the plight of those suffering through the Ethiopian famine and that focus led me to an interest in current and world affairs that persists to this day.”

Meanwhile, Joanna Lumley has apologised for having to withdraw from the event saying, “I am so sorry not to be joining you for The Business Day event. Due to changes in filming schedules I will now be filming my next documentary, The Silk Road, over the date of the event.

“I hope you all have a wonderful time and again, many apologies that I cannot be with you.”

In response, Andrew Aldis said, “On behalf of the entire team producing The Business Day I’d like to thank Ms. Lumley for her involvement thus far and her very gracious apology. We will, no doubt, be knocking at her door again for a future event.”

Council Leaders set to debate in the first of its kind

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE
Rt Hon. Alan Johnson MP
Councillor Stephen Brady OBE

For the first time ever, the leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, and leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady OBE, will debate with each other as part of The Business Day at Bridlington Spa on Friday 8 June. The leaders’ debate will be chaired by The Right Honourable Alan Johnson.

With business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight, 650 business leaders from across the region will also hear from headline speaker Joanna Lumley, social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn and Yorkshire cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott. The Business Day will be hosted throughout by journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty.

The debate will be chaired by Alan Johnson, with business leaders given the opportunity to ask questions of both Leaders.

Councillor Parnaby said “I’m looking forward to the debate, the first of its kind. I’m sure it will show the close personal relationship we both have.

“It’s important that East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City Councils work with each other. Hull is our city and the biggest generator of economic growth in Hull and the East Riding. A lot of East Riding residents and business people work in the city and a lot of Hull people either work in the East Riding or visit regularly. Working together is integral to the success of the East Riding and Hull.”

Councillor Brady said “Hull City Council is pleased to be working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to promote The Business Day.”

“The day showcases all that is great about the region and its dynamic businesses. The close working relationship between the private sector and the councils has delivered real growth in the area and quality employment for our communities.”

Mr Johnson said “As an MP for 20 years in the only constituency that straddles Hull and the East Riding, I got to know and respect both council leaders over the years. They have always understood that the fate of the two local authorities is intertwined.

“I’m looking forward to discussing the challenges and opportunities ahead for our sub-region and to ensuring that the audience is able to fully participate in the dialogue.”

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

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Josh Littlejohn

One of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs, Josh Littlejohn MBE will be joining the speaker line-up for The Business Day at Bridlington Spa on Friday 8 June. This latest announcement follows that of headline speaker Joanna Lumley, along with Geoffrey Boycott and host of the event, journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty.

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.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council said “The announcement of Josh Littlejohn will certainly add to what is already a great line-up for the day, hearing from a leading social entrepreneur who has already achieved so much.

Naga Munchetty, journalist and broadcaster will host The Business Day

Wednesday 06 December 2017

Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty, journalist and broadcaster will host The Business Day at Bridlington on Friday 8 June 2018, placing business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight.

Naga is known for being one of the main presenters on breakfast television. She will be joined on the day by headline speaker Joanna Lumley and also Geoffrey Boycott, as previously announced.

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.

Yorkshire sporting legend to speak at The Business Day

Wednesday 15 November 2017

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.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is delighted to have secured his presence saying "I was privileged to meet with Geoffrey at Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards recently and after explaining the event to him he readily agreed to be part of the day. We will be announcing other speakers and the overall program which I am sure will be a sell-out as was the 2017 event with over 650 delegates attending.

“The Business Day places business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight and we advise people and companies to buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.”

Joanna Lumley to headline The Business Day 2018 at Bridlington Spa

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Joanna Lumley

Bridlington Spa has announced Joanna Lumley OBE, FRGS as headline speaker for The Business Day’s return in 2018. The Business Day will take place on Friday 8 June 2018, with business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight.

The event in 2018 follows the successful inaugural sell-out event in June 2017, with 650 business leaders from across the region hearing from speakers such as Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE and John Simpson CBE

Joanna Lumley is one of the most versatile and current personalities in the UK today; with one of the country’s most recognisable voices. 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.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa said, “After producing last year’s successful event, the pressure was on to create something even better. The Business Day is possibly the most prestigious business event on the calendar and the inclusion of Joanna Lumley in the speaker line-up certainly fills me with enormous confidence. This will be an event that business people will not want to miss.”

Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council said, “Building on the success of a sell-out inaugural event in June 2017, The Business Day has firmly established itself in the calendar coinciding with the end of Humber Business Week.

“Working jointly with The Business Day’s main sponsors I’m looking forward to the event in 2018 which will allow for business networking and insights from a top-tier line-up of speakers”