Yes-to-Business Ltd was founded early in 2017 by John Bonar who has spent most of his working life in emerging markets from Libya in 1969 to the Russian far east in 2017. Along the way he spent time in Jordan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Greece, Malaysia and the Baltics.

John was a journalist and editor working at times for the London Observer, The Sunday Times, Springers Auslands Dienst (Die Welt and Bild), The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, the BBC and ABC News. In Russia where he lived from 1995 through 2009 he was first of all, an adviser to the Moskovski Novosti media group, then publisher of Marketing Russia magazine and then developed Business Special Report.

Since 2009 he has lived in the UK but visited Russia and the CIS frequently.

For more information, see The Team.


To develop business between established markets and the countries of the emerging market where economic growth and investment opacity offers high yield.

John Bonar, CEO, a 69-year old Scot born in Edinburgh, whose heart still stirs at the skirl of the pipes, affects the image of a traditionally taciturn Scotsman but the twinkle in his eye betrays a mischievous inner soul. After a lifetime in media and marketing he is now driving Yes-to-Business in directions where he sees opportunity in emerging markets.

He is Chief Investment Adviser to Relex, the blockchain investment channel for real estate development and Russian Country Manager. “Block chain and crypto-currencies are a key element in the digital economy which is the way of the future,” he says. “This is the key to swift, cross-border transactions and so long as they are backed by real assets then there are no bubbles.”

“With current blockchain technology incorporating KYC the risk of money laundering and illegal funding of narcotics and terrorism are eliminated,” he adds.

He is Deputy Chairman of the Westminster Russia Forum, (WRF), (www.Westminster-Russia.org.uk) and President of the unincorporated association UK Friends of Crimea.

On behalf of the WRF, Yes-to-Business publishes the Russia Focus e-Magazine which launches in January 2018.

Divorced, with three adult children, he has a Russian life partner.

In 2007 he had a life-saving amputation in Moscow of his right leg due to a deep vein thrombosis and gangrene.

The Team

David Hall Ph.D., Brand Director,

A ‘serial-salesman’ who never held that job title but always saw himself as just that…

Galina Buival, Russia Director,

Advised Yes-to-Business on Russian affairs and business opportunities…

Ian Gadot, IT Director, 

Building bridges in web technology in order to connect the goal to reality…