Read all about the BJC activities of the last few months in the BJC’s very own publication ‘The Bugle’ which you can download here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/179317789/Bristol-Junior-Chamber-November-2013-Bugle
On Friday 18th October over 50 BJC members enjoyed a very special BJC Members Dinner at The Mansion House, with The Rt. Hon Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Faruk Choudhury and inspirational speech from Nick Hounsfield of The Wave project. With thanks to Fosters Event catering and Averys Wines.
With over 50 members and prospective members in attendance it was a great night and we had some truly excellent speakers. Stephanie Lacey, centre Director at Cabot Circus and John Hirst, Chief Executive of Destination Bristol spoke about the celebration of 5 years of Cabot Circus and what it means for Bristol. Thanks to Brasserie Blanc for hosting.
On Friday 9 August Vice President Karl Brown was interviewed on Ujima Radio on the show “Cruising with Mistri” by DJ Jules aka “Mistri”. The purpose of the interview was to discuss the BJC and Karl’s position on the BJC, in particular because he is the first black Vice President of the BJC and will become the first black President next year.
Ujima Radio is based in St Pauls’ and its target audience is communities based in central Bristol areas. When asked what is the BJC Karl responded by noting that we are young business leaders under the age of 40 who work with major stakeholders in the city to promote Bristol. Karl emphasised that the ethos of the BJC is to give back to Bristol for example through our education initiatives. When asked what inspires him Karl mentioned his favourite quote from George Bernard Shaw.
The interview was a success and resulted in great profile raising for the BJC and the opportunity to get future BJC projects promoted on Ujima Radio
The BJC August monthly meeting was our annual wine tasting evening at Avery’s cellars. 60 BJC Members and potential members sampled six delicious varieties of wine and accompanying bread and cheese with Mimi Avery talking us through the difference between young and old wine.
In a private dinning room at Bristol’s Hotel Du Vin 20 BJC Members had the opportunity to talk with Stephen Collins, Bank of England Agent for the South West, about his role at the Bank, the state of the UK economy and his views on Bristol’s economic performance.
The BJC have developed a number of sponsorship packages for 2013/14 for businesses who would like to support the Junior Chamber and our events. For more information please have a look at our BJC Sponsorship Packages or contact Mark Langmead Mark.Langmead@Rolls-Royce.com to discuss further.
As part of the Business and Enterprise programme of events members of Bristol Junior Chamber enjoyed an afternoon tour of Avonmouth Port. David Brown, Director of Operations for the port , provided members with an informative and detailed discussion on the history of the port, its main current businesses which ranged from car import and export, importing aluminium ingots from South Africa, coal and animal feed and grain and importing 90% of all the Orange Juice for UK supermarkets.
The second part of the tour was a look at the new home of Bloodhound SSC. Bloodhound SSC (the world’s only potential 1000mph car) had their official opening earlier in the day when David Willetts, Science Minister had opened the centre and had promised a further £1m towards the projects education programme. Tony Parraman the projects Commercial director gave a presentation on the projects progress, history and current stage of development. Members were then shown the chassis shell which was being built, as well as the jet engine and recently completed nose cone, which had partially been made using 3D printing. At the end everyone on the tour gave £10 to have their name on the tail fin with a launch date of Spring 2015.
On a rainy Thursday evening in April, 18 BJC members attended the infamous Pirate tour around Bristol harbourside. Despite the weather, BJC members thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Bristol’s rich and prosperous trading history while being vividly retold ‘true’ accounts of the pirates who travelled through and originated from Bristol such as Blackbeard, together with a visit to the original pubs which were infamous for their part in the pirate smuggling trade and which also feature in the classic novel Treasure Island, by a local ‘pirate’ tour guide