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Jonny and The Baptists

Jonny and The Baptists

MUSICAL COMEDY TRIO

Added January 2013

The comedy blues combo specialise in silly, satirical songs. As one critic put it, 'they set the pulse racing, the foot tapping and the face aching with a bellyful of boisterous ballads.' Credits include Sketchorama, The Now Show, Robin Ince's Late Night Revolution and Marcus Brigstocke's Early Edition.
Tom Vosa

Tom Vosa

EUROPEAN HEAD OF MARKET ECONOMICS, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK

Added January 2013

Aside from his Europe-wide role at NAB, Tom is Chief Economist for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and a frequent contributor to the financial media. He advises on forecasting and growth, after spending seven years at the Bank of England analysing foreign exchange markets and the efficacy of central bank intervention.
Joel Dommett

Joel Dommett

UP-AND-COMING COMEDIAN

Added January 2013

When he isn't presenting for MTV Joel can be found mercilessly tricking members of the public as one of BBC3's gang of Impractical Jokers. Wearing a broad smile and a look of innocence Joel is also a naturally upbeat comic. Credits include Sweat The Small Stuff and Russell Howard's Good News.
English National Ballet

English National Ballet

WORLD RENOWNED DANCE COMPANY

Added January 2013

The English National Ballet are one of the world's great dance companies, staging acclaimed productions from both the classical and contemporary repertoire. They can now produce bespoke performances or 'cut down' versions of well-known works including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
The Organic Jam

The Organic Jam

DJ & LIVE MUSICIANS

Added January 2013

The Organic Jam is a partnership of a top international DJ and highly respected musicians specialising in improvisation. Whether for 'foreground' performances or background atmosphere, they pride themselves on capturing the mood of any event - embracing dance, jazz, chill-out, Latin, swing, pop, classical, techno and tango.
Sean Langan

Sean Langan

CAPTURED BY THE TALIBAN

Added January 2013

As described in Hotel Taliban, Sean was kidnapped while making a Channel 4 film and held hostage for months. They forced him at gunpoint to reveal the names of his children and threatened his translator; they also asked if Westerners could marry animals. Sean tells the story, with typical gallows humour.
Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney

RADIO 1 DJ

Added January 2013

The Radio 1 weekend breakfast host has styled for Florence + the Machine, presented documentaries and writes a regular column for Company Magazine.
Bill Grimsey

Bill Grimsey

AUTHOR & FORMER RETAIL CEO

Added January 2013

Bill has served as CEO at Wickes, Focus and Iceland. He has now produced The Grimsey Review, looking at what can be done to reinvigorate the high street. He argues that town centres should be reinvented as community hubs, with housing and public services at the centre. Bill talks about changing customer habits and the growth of 'mall culture.' These out-of-town arenas will become the showrooms of the future, in which we choose what to order online.
Helen Glover MBE

Helen Glover MBE

ROWING GOLD MEDALLIST

Added January 2013

Alongside her rowing partner Heather Stanning, Helen wrote herself into the history books by winning Team GB's first gold medal at London 2012. They cruised through the heats and lined up for the final as the favoured crew. With spectacular determination they pulled clear of the field, and maintained their lead to the line - becoming the first British oarswomen ever to claim gold.
Steve Brown

Steve Brown

CAPTAIN, GB WHEELCHAIR RUGBY TEAM

Added January 2013

Steve fell from a balcony in his early 20s. When he tried to get up he realised his arms and legs wouldn't respond; he was permanently paralysed from the chest down. In presentations he gives an insight into the journey from hellish injury to captain of Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team. He describes leadership on the court, the fight to become the best in the world, and the sheer pride of leading out his side at the London Paralympics.
Michael Acton Smith OBE

Michael Acton Smith OBE

FOUNDER AND CEO, MIND CANDY

Added January 2013

After co-founding the gadget retailer firebox.com, Michael launched Mind Candy. He serves as both CEO and Creative Director of the games developer, which has achieved a transmedia hit with Moshi Monsters (65 million users worldwide). Michael was recently voted No.5 in WIRED Magazine's Digital Power List.
Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour

FORMER ENGLAND & ARSENAL FOOTBALLER

Added September 2012

Ray earned League, FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' medals. He still plays for Arsenal Legends, as well as running a pub in Essex and co-hosting on talkSPORT. After dinner Ray talks affectionately about Wenger (dubbed Inspector Clouseau after getting caught up in a goal net). Arsene now lets him drink what he likes.
Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden

COMEDIAN, ACTOR & WRITER

Added September 2012

Hal is unashamedly suburban, teetering on the edge of mid-life crisis. According to one critic, 'he takes the personal and the ridiculous, then whizzes them into a delicious comedy smoothie.' After his appearance on the Royal Variety bill, 2014 sees Hal guesting on Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo.
Andrew Strauss OBE

Andrew Strauss OBE

FORMER ENGLAND CRICKET CAPTAIN

Added September 2012

Andrew Strauss is one of only three England cricket captains to lead his side to Ashes victory both home and away. He devised a plan to achieve world No.1 ranking within five years; working closely with Andy Flower, the objective was met in half the time - and Strauss earned a reputation for gritty and intelligent leadership. He talks about how to create and share a vision, build trust and encourage change. He might also reveal what happened in the latest Ashes.
Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett

UP-AND-COMING COMEDIAN

Added September 2012

Since winning the Chortle Newcomer and BBC New Comedy Award, Joe has starred on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Show & Tell. Championed by a Times critic as a 'rising talent with a confident, relaxed charm,' the one-time graphic designer pokes fun at middle class anxieties and the eccentricities of modern life.
Fear of the Unknown

Fear of the Unknown

DANCE GROUP

Added September 2012

Best known for their appearances on Got To Dance, Fear of the Unknown comprise 17 artists combining acrobatics, ballet, modern and street dance. Set to a cinematic soundtrack, with colourful costumes and body paints, they see themselves as storytellers.
Beverley Turner

Beverley Turner

WRITER & PRESENTER

Added August 2012

After covering Formula 1, basketball and cycling, the Telegraph columnist co-wrote Touching Distance with her husband James Cracknell.
Martin McCourt

Martin McCourt

FORMER CEO, DYSON

Added August 2012

As Chief Executive of Dyson, Martin transformed it from a niche manufacturer to a £1bn global brand, moving production to Asia. Even after the onset of recession, he doubled turnover and trebled profits - driving sales in 70 markets. Now advising a private equity firm, Martin demonstrates how ideas are the lifeblood of territorial expansion. Rather than try to compete with the Chinese on their terms, the UK must harness its natural inventiveness.
Dave Fishwick

Dave Fishwick

FOUNDER, 'THE BANK OF DAVE'

Added August 2012

When the van and minibus dealer decided he could do a better job than the local banks, the authorities told him it was impossible, even criminal. He pushed harder, set up Burnley Savings and Loans, and found himself starring in Channel 4's Bank of Dave. There's now a big queue of eager depositors and borrowers. In a real-life story of David and Goliath, with lessons for businesses big and small, he explains what made him take on seemingly insurmountable odds.
Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST

Added August 2012

Since his early days running Pop Idol chatrooms and helping MySpace attract 10m UK users, Andrew has become one of the foremost experts in social media - training several of the big agency teams. He is also part of Doug Richards' The School for Startups, and sits on OFCOM's advisory board. Andrew shows how to keep the online conversation going, and underlines the need for a social media strategy to complement traditional business-building and marketing.
Rachel Bridge

Rachel Bridge

BUSINESS WRITER & SME SPECIALIST

Added August 2012

The Sunday Times' Enterprise Editor has spent time with entrepreneurs of all shades, including many of the world's most successful. Rachel takes the lessons they've learned, myths dispelled and mistakes made, and weaves an entertaining look at how (in theory) anyone can make a million by lunchtime.

NEWS FEED

Fiennes Returns

Date posted 07/03/2013

 JLA’s longest-standing motivational speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes is now back in the UK after frostbite forced him to pull out of his Coldest Journey expedition in Antarctica. As he made clear in the press conference, Ran doesn’t believe in crying over spilt milk. His priority remains to see his team achieve their scientific, educational and charity goals – raising $10m to prevent thousands suffering unnecessarily from blindness. 

Hackney Discoveries

Date posted 05/02/2013

Like The Real Variety Show, Hackney’s New Act of the Year contest is a great place to spot rising talent. Stand-out acts this time were the musical trio Jonny & The Baptists, the energetic Four Screws Loose (with a wonderful abridged version of Titanic), and Sam Savage - a female Micky Flanagan with a real chance of making it to the top. The final act was the organiser's dog, bouncing a balloon on his head. Thankfully he isn't available for corporate engagements.

Funny Business - BBC 2

Date posted 05/02/2013

After JLA featured prominently in the first episode, lots of people have asked us why the rest of the series mysteriously disappeared from the schedules. The official BBC explanation is that it was originally aired “against strong competition” – so the remaining two episodes have been re-scheduled for late night transmission on Saturday 16th and 23rd February. We don’t appear in the other programmes, but expect bumper ratings!

 

Legends In Town

Date posted 14/01/2013

David Beckham is set to stay in the UK for the first few months of the year, and will consider live Q&As at select engagements. Meanwhile the Hollywood legend Al Pacino will be in Europe from mid-February, with his 90-minute one-man stage show ‘One Night Only.’ The show is available for corporate events, but please note that Mr Pacino is especially interested in casino venues.  

Talent Moves

Date posted 11/01/2013

After taking Green & Black’s from niche organic chocolate to a mainstream brand, and investing in other businesses, Mark Palmer has now taken on a new role as Marketing Director at Pret a Manger. Among presenters on the move, Rageh Omaar (who made his name as the BBC’s ‘Scud Stud’ reporting from Iraq), has just been signed by ITV as a Special Correspondent.

Tim Harford - A New Series

Date posted 09/01/2013

The FT’s Undercover Economist has a brand new Radio 4 lecture series, on Wednesday nights from January. ‘Pop-up Economics’ was recorded live in a temporary shop in Regent Street, with a short format similar to TED Talks. Tim Harford tells riveting stories about little known people whose theories have enormous influence on our lives.

 

Jerry Springer in the UK

Date posted 14/09/2012

The London-born former Mayor of Cincinnati, better known as the inventor of the modern talk show, is coming to London from 31st October to 4th November. If you're looking for a high profile speaker on the eve of the US election, Jerry Springer is wonderfully engaging - with an inside track on American politics.

2012 Olympians

Date posted 24/08/2012

Details are emerging about London 2012 champions joining the speaker circuit. Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, winners of the double sculls, have already stepped forward. Jessica Ennis and Sir Chris Hoy are both up for live Q&A – and we’re waiting to hear from long jumper Greg Rutherford. If double gold winner Mo Farah is available for UK corporate appearances you can assume a high price tag: he’s with the same management as Usain Bolt!

Bootle on the Euro

Date posted 21/08/2012

Roger Bootle’s team has just won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest honour in economics after the Nobel. Entrants were all asked to address the same question: “If member states leave the European Economic and Monetary Union, what is the best way for the process to be managed to provide the soundest foundation for the future growth and prosperity of the current membership?” All of which means that Roger is now a fully fledged expert on the Euro crisis.

Acting Hosts

Date posted 16/08/2012

Actors don’t necessarily make good awards hosts, but two of the best are back on the scene. James Nesbitt has returned from New Zealand, where he’s been filming The Hobbit; and James Corden is due back in December, after a Broadway run in One Man, Two Guvnors. Meanwhile we’re delighted to welcome Alex MacQueen (see New Presenters). Alex has a wonderfully dry sense of humour, he’s instantly recognisable and (to begin with, at least) his fee is relatively modest.

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