August Monthly meeting ~ Averys Wine tasting

August is always an exciting month for BJC members! We spent an amazing evening at Averys Wine Merchants on Tuesday 4th August for our August monthly meeting, where over 50 members and guests enjoyed an exclusive wine tasting, pictures below.

Thank you to Averys for a tour through European wine, its always nice to have a more relaxed meeting half way through the year where members can really get to know each other. Don’t forget, if you are interested in joining, please contact Heather Rees

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Hanover Junior Chamber visit Bristol

On 24th July six members of Hanover Junior Chamber were hosted by BJC for a weekend of sharing ideas, building friendships, and continuing the long standing relationship between our twinned cities.

We showcased the great outdoor spaces our city offers, taking in an art installation in Leigh Woods, a picnic on Observatory Hill, and bike ride around the Shaun in the City trail.

Food, drink and socialising are always an important part of any exchange and this time was also used to discuss new ideas and best practice, as well as meet members from the Bristol-Hanover Council and a visiting Hanovarian graffiti artist at Upfest.

Thanks once again to all involved for giving their time and spare rooms. We have been challenged by the Hanovarians to send 10 BJC members for the return visit next year …

Please see some pictures of our antics below, we look forward to the return visit!

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July Monthly Member’s Meeting

Our July members meeting was held in the plush surroundings of the Saffery Champness offices and another great attendance of over 50+ members and guests sipped wine whilst looking out over our beautiful city.

After a welcome from our President we heard from Karen Lloyd of Street Games who introduced us to the ‘Sports to your doorstep’ initiative and explained the great ways they integrate young people in sports programmes to boost confidence. An inspiring talk that ended with an opportunity to sponsor a duck in the Bristol race in September – details of this are on our BJC Facebook Page

The main speaker was Steven Pearce, a leadership and skills coach, who spoke about the secrets of influential people. An enlightening talk that covered strategy, self-awareness and styles of influencing (full minutes are always circulated in the weekly email).

A lively meeting with group discussions and Q&A was adjourned in the local bar, pictured below and thanks to all that attended!

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BJC Private Tour – Bloodhound SSC

The CoM take on various roles to hopefully add something different to the BJC year on year, and our most recent project for Charles Chami (Chair of Business & Enterprise) was to organise an exclusive ‘members only’ tour of the Bloodhound SSC!

A jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph) – which is more easily interpreted as ‘faster than the speed of sound’! The Car (described so due to its four wheels and under total control of a driver) is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.

There is a lot more technical detail on their very informative website … but what not everybody is privy to is a tour of the facilities and car itself! Unless you are a BJC member of course.

Our team of representatives (pictured below) got up close to this record breaking project and were engrossed in the presentation on the evening of Thursday 11th June 2015. We have more interesting activities coming up so keep your eyes fixed on the weekly emails!


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June Monthly Member’s Meeting

Our most recent monthly members meeting was held in the slightly alternative but very interesting location of The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Clifton in June (on the first Tuesday of the month of course).

We heard from Paul Rummer from the school who provided an explanation of their training programmes, alongside some mild name dropping of a selection of impressive previous graduates that have succeeded in their fields (Olivia Coleman at the forefront!) The development plans for the expansion of the building were also divulged.

Our main speaker was Paul Wilson from Bristol is Open and the topic of the presentation detailed how Bristol is becoming the world’s first programmable city. The city that we live in and represent has been described as a ‘laboratory for change’; examples include world firsts such as the IMAX theatre, smart grids on renewable energy systems, and a 4k cinema in the Watershed.

The world of Smart Cities is becoming a hot topic and the full minutes from the meeting are available in the link below:…/BJC-Meeting-Minutes-02-06-15-Bristo…

A couple of badly lit images from the meeting are included in this post, approximately 50 members attended and we had an impressive group of new recruits up to introduce themselves and their respective companies again!

More information about BJC activities and the next monthly meeting are circulated in the weekly email as well, so keep in the loop.


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May Monthly Member’s Meeting

Our most recent monthly members meeting was held at the fantastic office space of Burges Salmon on Temple Quay – Tuesday 5th May 2015.

Over 60 attendees were recorded (check out the panoramic picture below for a great shot of the room mid presentation) and we were also pleased to welcome 17 guests in to the fold as well. Congratulations to our new membership secretary Heather Rees!

With an informative talk from Alistair Reid, Service Director of Economy at Bristol City Council on the developments of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone we were all privy to an insight in to the Bristol arena project. Alistair is pictured below with our new president, Ben St Quintin, who also ran through the proposed budget for the year ahead and as always members had a chance for Q&A after each presentation.

Full minutes were sent out in our weekly email and below are a few amateur snaps of the location and even a token gromit!

Our next monthly member’s meeting will be held at the Old Vic Theatre School on Tuesday 2nd June 2015. Paul Wilson from ‘Bristol is Open’ will be our guest speaker with the topic, ‘What is a Smart City and how is Bristol leading the world in becoming one?’ and we will also be hearing from Paul Rummer of the Old Vic Theatre School about the major extension and refurbishment of facilities at the school.

We look forward to another great turnout from our esteemed members, you are very welcome to bring guests but please e-mail Alice Peacock with their details in advance. All Council of Management email addresses can be found on our dedicated website page


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Introducing the new Council of Management…

On the 7th April, the new Council of Management was voted in at the BJC Annual General meeting. Congratulations to all those who have taken up roles on the council…


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February Members Meeting

A big thank you to Bristol Grammar School for allowing us to host our February members meeting at the Sixth Form Centre.

Our speakers were Alice Webb (Chief Operating Officer for BBC England) who provided an inspiring talk about BBC England and its vision for the different regions such as Bristol.


We also heard a fascinating talk from Sir Ian Carruthers OBE (Former Chief Executive of the NHS) who spoke about lessons he learned from leading the NHS and how these can be applied for leading private & public sector companies and organisations.

Thank you to both speakers for providing such insightful and interesting talks, we all left feeling truly inspired.

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Five Minutes with the Membership Secretary

Next up in our interviews with the Council of Management is our very own Robert Barnes, who keeps the local coffee shops in business doing a sterling job meeting prospective new members…


What is your role on the Council of Management?

My specific role is Membership Secretary.

What does your role involve?

Contrary to myths spread by certain people in the membership the role is not simply meeting potential new members for coffees!  Essentially I am responsible for all issues related to membership whether that be for potential new members or existing members.  As well as dealing with potential members there is the less glamorous job of maintaining the membership database. Unfortunately nobody has (as yet) done anything to allow me to exercise the power of refusing membership!

Why did you want to be involved in the Council of Management?

I joined the BJC shortly after moving to Bristol at a time when I knew nobody here.  I found it such a great forum for meeting people and finding out more about what was going on in the City that joining the C of M was a way of furthering this and working with a great group of people.  The membership role suited me in terms of fitting in with the demands of work and it’s also always great to meet new people who are interested in joining.

What opportunities has this brought you or new skills have you developed?  

I have found the BJC fantastic for both work and social contacts and it provided such an easy way to get quickly integrated into the City despite being an outsider.  I have been exposed to professions and sectors that would never cross my path in my day job and it’s great to have an understanding of how these operate and fit into the City.  Being on the committee has allowed me to get involved with the Balloon Fiesta organisation committee which is an amazing experience.  It has also helped develop my knowledge of local coffee shops …..

What has been the best thing about being on the Council of Management?  

Fred Allen once said “a committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but who, as a group, can meet and decide that nothing can be done”.  Whilst I have found this to be true on many occasions, actually the BJC committee is quite the opposite and between us we organise some fantastic events over the course of the year and it’s just really enjoyable to be part of.  Also, out of date beers have recently been added to the pizza which in itself is a reason to attend C of M meetings!

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January Members Meeting

Thank you to CMS Cameron McKenna for hosting our January members meeting.

Continuing the Brand Bristol theme, the main speaker was Claire Doherty (Director of arts group, Situations) who spoke about ‘How does art currently play a role in Brand Bristol’?



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