September Monthly Meeting

The September member’s meeting was held at the Station, formerly a fire station and now a fantastic youth hub supporting young people in Bristol.

10547729_691689710923704_927706023791999815_o10560347_691689917590350_1613492809751490993_oThe main speaker was Fiona Francombe, Managing Director of The Bottle Yard Studios who talked about “Making TV Productions in Bristol and how Bristol can compete for this market in the future”. We also heard from Sandy Hore-Ruthven (CEO of Creative Youth Network) and Ben Silvey (BJC Member and Director of YMCA Bristol).

10665823_694434343982574_5126883416388177562_nThank you to the Station for hosting us and to our brilliant speakers.

For more photos, see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.


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August Monthly Meeting – Averys wine tasting

The August member’s meeting saw us descend upon Averys wine cellars for a fabulous evening of wine tasting and general merriment.


Averys wine merchants can trace its history back to 1793 and are known for being among the pioneers of the wine trade. Mimi Avery, a 5th generation Avery gave us an insightful talk on each of the wines and a fascinating taste of her world choosing wines, making us all just a little bit envious of her job. It is always an extremely popular event and as ever we easily filled all the spaces.



Thanks Averys for an absolutely fantastic evening, some of us are already looking forward to the Bollinger tasting!!!

For more photos, see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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July Monthly Meeting

Our members meeting this month was held at Bristol Zoo Gardens. We were lucky enough to get a chance to look around the zoo and at some of the animals before Dr Bryan Carroll, the Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens, spoke about, “What is today’s Bristol Zoo experience and how is this managed?”

For some amazing photos of the animals, please see our Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page..

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June Monthly Meeting

The June member’s meeting took place at the New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel. Speakers were David Worthington, Manager at the New Room and Tim Pemberton, Managing Editor at BBC Bristol whose topic was “Leading through Media”, both pictured here with our President Karl Brown.

For more photos see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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BJC Spring Drinks – May 2014

One of the highlights in the BJC calendar, our annual Spring Drinks was held at The Royal West of England Academy on Thursday 15th May. Over 100 BJC members and guests enjoyed Pimms, wine and canapés in the sunshine.





With thanks to the RWA, Papadeli, The Waiting Game, Averys and SXS Events for supporting the event.

For more photos see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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May Monthly Meeting

The BJC May monthly meeting was held at Clarke Wilmott. The speakers were Bonnie Dean OBE, Chief Executive of Bristol and Bath Science Park and David Warburton, Head of Area in the South West for the Homes and Communities Agency.

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Parliamentary Tour – 7 April 2014

On the 7th April, the BJC were lucky enough to have a special tour of Parliament. Twenty five BJC members headed to London for a day in Parliament which included:

  • An official tour of the Palace of Westminster
  • Meeting with Rt Hon the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon – Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
  • Lunch and discussion with Paul Wilson (CEO Bristol Local Enterprise Partnership)
  • A meeting with Kerry McCarthy MP who spoke about The role of the House of Commons from the perspective of an MP

For more photos see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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BJC AGM 1 April 2014

Our new Council of Management was elected at the BJC AGM on 1 April 2014. Our new President Karl Brown, is shown here being handed over to by our Immediate Past President Tom Selway..

Our new Council of Management for 2014-2015 led by Karl Brown (President) & Ben St.Quintin (Vice-President)…

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BJC Annual Dinner – 22nd March 2014

This year saw the 65th annual dinner for BJC and was held at the beautiful Marriot Royal, Bristol. Almost 200 members and guests enjoyed a sparking reception, delicious food and fantastic dancing at a very memorable event.


Huge thanks to our sponsors for the evening Business West, Rolls Royce and Clarke Willmott, as well as our supporters Alder King, Barton Willmore, Burges Salmon, DAC Beachcroft, DAS, JM Finn & Co, RC Brown Investment Management and Saffery Champness.

For more photos see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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BJC March Monthly Meeting

BJC March Monthly Meeting was held  in the old court rooms at the Guild Hall, Small Street. It offered BJC members the last chance to the see the old courts before they are converted into a hotel.

The meeting was a panel discussion which focused on Bristol and some of the priorities facing the city, looking at multi-cultural integration, skills, resident parking and how our members can play more of a role in the city. The three panellists were:

James Durie – Executive Director at Business West and Former President of BJC.

John Savage – An inspiring speaker and Bristol champion well known to BJC.  He has a broad range of professional interests, including being a founder member of the Bristol Initiative, an organisation set up following the Toxteth riots in 1981 to get business more involved the community to reduce the chance of Toxteth happening in Bristol.  He has published the cities strategic vision, called Bristol 2050 and in 2012, ran for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Zaheer Shabir – On the government’s anti-terrorism taskforce, tasked with championing trust and integration of minority groups in Bristol.

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