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Jo Fairley


Entrepreneur Speaker and Founder of Green and Blacks Chocolate

Jo Fairley is the co-founder of Green & Black’s Chocolate and is in demand keynote business speaker on entrepreneurs, branding and marketing

Green and Black’s is a chocolate company specialising in organic chocolate. Started in 1991, the company has grown and grown and in May 2005 was sold to Cadburys and has worldwide operations in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Jo Fairley had left school at 16 with six ‘O’ Levels, and through hard work and determination, she became a serial entrepreneur via an award-winning organic and natural food store/bakery (Judges Bakery), The Wellington Centre (a boutique nine-room wellbeing centre) – both in her home town of Hastings – and most recently The Perfume Society, which sets out to help individuals develop their sense of smell via exploration of fragrance and the scented world.

In recognition of her work, Jo has received many awards for her enterprise, including WorldAware Award and many Soil Association Awards (both for Green & Black’s and Judges Bakery). She has also received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Studies from Kingston University, and The Shackleton Medal for leadership and citizenship, from The Scottish Royal Geographical Society.


Jo is one of the UK’s leading motivational speakers, re-telling the inspirational journey of Green & Black’s and sharing her business insights with audiences from financial institutions to FTSE 100 companies, universities and more across the UK and Europe.

She also brings some chocolate with her too!

Speaking topics include:
• Branding
• PR
• Marketing
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Entrepreneurship
• Women in Business


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