BJC events are open to members only with selected items on the calendar extended to guests of members by private circulation.  Monthly meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of each month.  Additions to the calendar are made throughout the BJC year.

Members’ Upcoming Calendar – Next Quarter(s)

  • FilmBath – Sunday 12th November – We have secured 8 tickets for a special preview screening of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on Sunday 12 November at 8pm. From the director of ‘In Bruges’, ‘Three Billboards’ is a highly rated dark comedy which has won awards at a number of international film festivals starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson.  This is a preview screening on the closing night of FilmBath (previously the Bath Film Festival). It is effectively sold out (just 2 individual front row seats remain on sale) and the film will not be on general release until January 2018. We can offer BJC members a special discounted ticket price of £7, as well as a free drink before the film.  To confirm your interest please contact our Chair of Heritage, Culture & Sport Edward Chapman.
  • Mock School Interviews – The next mock school interviews are taking place on Tues 21st Nov at Bedminster Down and Wed 22nd Nov at St Mary Redcliffe, from 6pm – 8pm. This initiative gives students from schools around Bristol the valuable opportunity to practice their interview skills and gain some insightful feedback to give them the best chance in their chosen career path or moving into higher education. To make these evenings a success, we need several volunteers to conduct the interviews. Thank you to all of you who have already volunteered! If you would like to get involved, please contact Megan Turnbull.
  • Bristol – Hannover Council Gala Dinner, “black tie” Gala Dinner at the beautiful Mansion House on Thursday November 23rd 2017 – The event will be hosted by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Lesley Alexander.  The UK ambassadors for France and Germany have been invited, and we hope that they will attend or send a senior colleague from their embassies in London; the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees has also been invited.  The invitation is going in the first instance to the two associations and friends.   Please contact chair of Charity & Social Enterprise Ben Pean.
  • BJC Christmas Party – Friday 1st December 2017 – Our Fantastic annual event will be held at the Grain Barge. Tickets for this event will be on sale in the next couple of weeks, and will also be open to non members. And of course, Christmas jumpers are strongly encouraged! Please contact Russ Landau if you have any questions.
  • BJC Tough Mudder 2018 – The world-famous mud run will be returning to the South West in August 2018, and we’re looking to enter a BJC team!  We intend to enter both the Tough Mudder and Bristol 10K as charity fundraising events for Macmillan. If you are interested in getting involved please email Tom Bacon, indicating whether you’re interested in the ‘Full’ (12 mile) or ‘Half’ (5 mile) event. There will be more information to come in the following weeks.

Calendar Archive:

  • Professional Development Workshop: Coaching as a Management Tool – 31st October 6:15 – 7:45pm – We organised the first professional development workshop focusing on Coaching as a Management Tool.  Executive Coach Marita Price shared how to use coaching to manage and develop people, how coaching is different from mentoring, and gave a taste of what it is like to be coached. Thanks to the Chair of Education and Skills, Megan Turnbull, for running this.
  • Monthly Meeting, WEDNESDAY, 8th November – UWE Distinguished Address Series – We went to UWE Bristol, to their £55 million brand new Business School at their Frenchay Campus to hear from Tony Hayward, Chairman of Glencore and former CEO of BP.
  • BJC Annual Dinner  – Friday 13th October 2017 at The Clifton Club.
  • 1st Global Business Global Summit (18th & 19th of October) – BJC is involved in the agenda definition and the preparation for the 1st Global Business Summit organised in Bristol.
  • Monthly Meeting, 3rd October – Vivo Sports Club, Welshback, 6pm for 6:30pm start – Pub Quiz
  • Monthly Meeting, 5th September – PWC Lounge, 2 Glass Wharf Bristol BS2 0FR – Social Economy Evening – Members chance to decide how our annual Quartet charity money is donated. We heard from “My Future, My Choice”, “School for Social Enterprise” & Babbasa.
  • BJC Adventure Weekend – 19 August – 12 BJC members headed to south & west Wales for two days of outdoor adventures including jumping off cliffs into the sea (coasteering).
  • Cricket – Gloucestershire v Essex – Sunday 13th August – We organised a trip to cheer on Bristol’s local cricket team on Sunday 13th August as they took on Essex in a T20 match.  For those new to T20 it is a faster more action packed version of the game.
  • Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – Thursday 10th August Evening Balloon Glow from 5.30pm – We had our own pod for the Balloon Fiesta Nightglow (main website here). This fantastic event is one of the highlights of the BJC calendar and this year our exclusive marquee is being sponsored by Wards Solicitors.
  • BJC Inbound Hanover Exchange Summer 2017 – Friday 11th August to Sunday 13th August -Following a fantastic visit to Hanover last year we were excited to return the invitation and welcome a delegation from Hanover Junior Chamber to Bristol in summer 2017.
  • Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – 10 – 13 August 2017 – Most of you will know that the BJC has a historic relationship with Bristol’s iconic balloon fiesta and further details of our showcase Thursday night drinks event will announced nearer the time.  At this stage though the fiesta are keen to hear from any companies, individuals or organisations that may be interested in further details of the membership and / or sponsorship opportunities that are available.
  • August BJC Meeting – Tuesday 1st August – Col Needham founder and CEO of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) talked to us about how this site was originally set up and his story.  IMDb was founded, and it’s headquarters are still here despite being bought by Amazon in the late 90’s!, in Bristol.
  • BJC Summer Social – Thursday 27 July 2017 – Members only – Barbecue and drinks organised by Danielle Argent and Russ Landau (Events and Social Co-Chairs).
  • Business & Enterprise Entrepreneurs Networking Breakfast – 18th July – Spoke and Stringer : Members only – organised by our Chair of Business & Enterprise Ashley Sandeman.
  • July Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 4th July – COMEDY NIGHT at The Famous Royal Naval Volunteer on King Street.  BJC played host to three amazing, up and coming comedians from London, Gary Tro, Kate Lucus and Javier Jarquin, giving us a preview of their shows before they head up to the Edinburgh fringe festival.
  • June Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 6th June – 6:30 to 8:30pm – We heard from entrepreneur and Dragons Den survivor Rob Law, founder of every child’s favourite ride on suitcase Trunki. If want to see how Rob got on in the den you can view the programme here.  Location: 31 Great George Street, BS1 5DQ (JLL’s shiny and new offices and sun terrace).  
  • Bordeaux Exchange – Friday 9th June to Sunday 11th June – We visited Bordeaux for a long weekend; please see facebook and twitter for pictures
  • Marmalade Trust Event – Tuesday 13th June – BJC members were invited, following our previous sponsorship/support of The Marmalade Trust, to a film screening!  .
  • BJC Spring Drinks – Thursday 18th May 2017 – 6.30pm-8.30pm –  Our Spring drinks is always a highlight in our calendar year, being held once again at The Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road. With over 100+ guests this gave our members and guests an excellent opportunity to network and showcase the variety of businesses and what we do at the BJC.  
  • Sunday 21st May at 7pm – Insight Ensemble return to the historic tunnels of The Loco Klub for an intriguing, dramatic performance in collaboration with performers from the Invisible Circus.
  • May Monthly meeting: Tuesday 2nd May – Waterside 3 at The Watershed, BS1 – We heard from adventurer and tech start up founder Paul Archer. Paul holds two unusual world records for both the longest and highest taxi journey, driving a 1992 London black cab around the world via the Arctic Circle, Russia, Iran, Iraq and Everest base camp. Paul spoke to us about his journey and also his tech start up business duel.
  • BJC Annual Dinner – Friday 3rd March – The BJC Annual Dinner took place on Friday 3rd March at Bristol’s newest luxury hotel, the Harbour Hotel.
  • UWE Distinguished Address Series – UWE’s fantastic programme of high profile speakers returns in 2017 with another great line-up.
  • Schools Interviews – The latest mock interviews took place on at Downend School and at Bristol Grammar School.  The interviews are a great way of giving back to young people in the local community and a good opportunity to increase your own experience in conducting interviews.
  • Breakfast Meeting – Thursday 16th February – The West of England Councils are developing the Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study for the region so the BJC welcome you to a property breakfast kindly hosted by Veronica Barbaro of GVA and Rob Holloway at Peter Brett Associates LLP. The JSP/JTS have been consulted on by the four West of England councils and set out a plan for sustainable growth that will help the area meets its housing and transport needed for the next 20 years.  This breakfast is to learn more about potential future development and how the plans might affect you; it is one not to be missed!
  • Bristol WORKS Pre-Launch Event: Thursday 23rd February, 6-8pm  Our vision is to move beyond traditional work experience and towards ‘experiences of work’, come and hear more about the initiative and contribute ideas. Drinks.  This event is co-organised by the BJC Commission for Education and Social Economy.
  • Heritage & Culture Event – Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World aboard the SS Great BritainThursday 9th March – Join us aboard Bristol’s most iconic ship for a cinema experience like no other.  Welcome drinks will be followed by a showing of this Oscar-winning maritime epic (starring Russell Crowe!) in the first class saloon.  Tickets are limited to members only and priced at a special rate of just £8.50.  Non-members are welcome to join us and should book their tickets direct through the Bristol Film Festival website. Please contact Robert Barnes if you require any further information.
  • BJC Ski Trip We ran a ski trip for the BJC running from 11th March for 7 nights, staying in a chalet out in the French Alps.  An epic week; roll on next year
  • BJC February Meeting – Tuesday 7th February at The RWA, Queens Road – We’re delighted to announce our February meeting will be taking place at the stunning Royal West of England Academy.
  • Social Economy Event Thursday 19th January 6pm-8pm – at the Bristol Energy offices – the second “BJC appetizer to change the world” – an informal pitching & networking initiative to promote the Social Economy in Bristol.  We had speakers from Bristol Resilient City (part of the 100 Resilient Cities promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation), Happy City Bristol and RWA (Royal West of England Academy) raising awareness around projects promoting the wellbeing in Bristol, placing Core Social Values at the heart of our Local Business Communities.
  • Monthly meeting: Tuesday 10th January, Armada House, Telephone Avenue, BS1 4BQ. Our guest speaker was Jessica Valentine from Nuclear South West who was enlightening and educating us on all things nuclear power related and in particular telling us more about the recently agreed £30bn Hinckley Point project and its impact on our local economy.  Sian Rees from Bristol Learning City also gave us a short introduction on this initiative.
  • Christmas Party!!! – Thursday 1st December at Yurt Lush – Christmas jumpers encouraged.
  • Advocacy breakfast at Glassboat, Welsh Back –  Tuesday 13th December – Calling all solicitors and litigators.  How would you like to attend a breakfast where the speaker is a judge who will give you tips on advocacy and touch on how to enter the judiciary?  The BJC are very lucky to have Judge Roger Harper give a light hearted and fun talk to a select group over a cooked breakfast with tea / coffee and all before work.  This would also count towards your CPD (as you can reflect on what you have been told and learnt).  All for a subsidised price of £9 per person for members or £12 (plus booking) for non members.  Book via Eventbrite here – sign ups are LIMITED & a sell-out is expected!
  • Heritage & Culture Event – Wills Memorial Tower Haunted TourWednesday 14th December  The standard tour of the Wills Memorial Tower just doesn’t have enough edge for the BJC and so we have secured a private tour with a difference – a haunted tour exploring the ghostly history of the 66m high tower.  This will be a fascinating insight into Bristol’s iconic building but we’ve been asked to stress that attendees must understand the nature of the tour and that – quote – “the last group walked out of the building shocked of what happened”.  This event is open to members and non-members for just £6 but members will get a free drink to steady the nerves beforehand!  Please sign up via eventbrite here to secure your place.  Full details of arrangements for the night will be circulated nearer the time.  Please contact Robert Barnes if you require any further information.
  • Monthly meeting: Tuesday 1st November, Armada House, Telephone Avenue, BS1 4BQ. Our guest speaker was Jessica Valentine from Nuclear South West who was enlightening and educating us on all things nuclear power related and in particular telling us more about the recently agreed £30bn Hinckley Point project and its impact on our local economy.  Sian Rees from Bristol Learning City also gave us a short introduction on this initiative.