Lord Digby Jones presents talk on ‘Fixing Business’

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5 September 2017

  • ‘The Face of British Business’ to host event on why profit ‘isn’t a dirty word’
  • House of Lords peer calls out to business leaders to ‘harness the power of their people to change the world’
  • Free event to take place on Thursday 12 October, 12pm–2pm

Lord Digby Jones, known as ‘The Face of British Business’, is to present a talk at Aston University next month championing the power of profit, and how it is an important part of creating a better society.

The Birmingham-born House of Lords peer and former Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment will lay bare his arguments for why profit ‘isn’t a dirty word’ but an important part of socially inclusive wealth creation to improve every aspect of society.

Lord Jones is a well-respected advocate for business, giving speeches around the world on all aspects of business and the wider political and societal scene. He presented the BBC Two TV series New Business Troubleshooter and is a regular commentator across the national and international media.

The event will be largely based on the content of his most recent book, Fixing Business: Making Profitable Business Work for the Good of All, which covers:

  • why business must invest more in physical and human infrastructure
  • the critical importance of social inclusion in the future of business
  • why fixing education and the environment must be a top priority
  • how to engage with every aspect of society to create wealth.

Lord Jones will be selling signed copies of his book at the event, which is free to attend on Thursday 12 October, 12pm–2pm. All proceeds from bought books will go to Ovarian Cancer Action and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The event will be scheduled as follows:




Talk commences


Talk concludes. Followed by light buffet, drinks and book signing

To book your place, visit the Eventbrite page.


Notes to the editor

About Lord Digby Jones

Lord Digby Jones is a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords and also a well-respected advocate for Business.  Former Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment in 2007–08, he was and is still the only Minister never to have joined the party of Government and is often heard to say “Business is my Constituency”.

A former corporate lawyer and Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (2000–06), he speaks around the world on all aspects of Business, including the wider political and societal scene. He has presented a BBC 2 TV series New Business Troubleshooter and is a regular commentator across the international media, appearing regularly on TV, radio and in the newspapers, where his views and opinions find a regular audience.

Born in Birmingham and educated through a Scholarship at Bromsgrove School, Digby Jones joined the Royal Navy before graduating from University College London and joining the law firm, Edge & Ellison, rising from Articled Clerk to Senior Partner.  In 1998 he joined KPMG as Vice-Chairman of corporate finance, before taking up the role at the CBI.

In 2006 he was knighted for his services to Business and became Sir Digby Jones in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.  In 2007 he became a Life Peer taking the title Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kb.

His first book, Fixing Britain: The Business of Re-shaping Our Nation, was published by Wiley in 2011.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has always been a force for change. For 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey. www.aston.ac.uk

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