Over 40 BJC members attended the BJC Investment Seminar on Thursday 30th January at The Bristol Hotel. The evening offered an introduction to the world of investments, personal wealth and pensions.
Speakers included; Mark Wilson- Editor of IFA Magazine; BJC Member Charles Chami- Investment Manger at Glamis IFA and BJC Member Clare Davies- Specialist Adviser at Coutts. The speakers gave informative presentations followed by a Q&A session. Members then had the opportunity to network and talk with the various investment professionals who form part of the BJC Membership.
Booking is now open for the BJC 65th Annual Black Tie Dinner. Taking place at The Bristol Marriott Royal on Saturday 22nd March this Black Tie extravaganza is the highlight of the BJC year kicking off with a sparkling reception, followed by a sumptuous three course meal accompanied by wine, plus cheese and port, speeches to celebrate the past year and great entertainment.
The Dinner is open to BJC Members and guests and we look forward to welcoming you. Please complete a booking form to secure your place, which can be downloaded http://www.scribd.com/doc/202841884/BJC-65th-Annual-Dinner-Booking-Form and return to Savita Custead (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also have sponsorship opportunities available for companies wishing to sponsor the even, details can be downloaded http://www.scribd.com/doc/202841204/BJC-Sponsorship-Packages-2013-14
Over 70 BJC Members attended a delicious 3 course Christmas Dinner at Hotel Du Vin at the start of December. Thanks to Mark Langmead for organising such a memorable and festive evening for the BJC to celebrate the start of the festive season.
On Tuesday 19th November the first President’s Dinner was held at Steak of the Art Harbourside Restaurant with Paul Wilcox (Chief Executive of the West of England LEP) and Zoe Sear (from The Mayor’s office). 20 BJC Members had the opportunity to talk with Paul and Zoe about the role of business and the council in delivering economic growth and jobs in Bristol and the Bristol area.
Held at Armada House BJC members attended the November monthly meeting and listened to a presentation from Chris Lyons, the Partnership Manager for the Superfast Business Programme for Business West.
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.