Tickets now on sale for the BJC Annual Dinner!!!

Yes it’s that time of year again. The tickets for the BJC Annual Dinner are now available! Our annual black tie three course dinner with sparkling reception and live band is taking place at the Bristol Marriott Royal on Saturday 14th March…..

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Tickets are available for both BJC Members and guests. To book a ticket or table please contact Gemma-Jane for more details. Deadline for bookings is Friday 20th February. Don’t miss the event of the year!!!

 

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Congratulations to our President for winning an award

A huge congratulations to our President Karl Brown for winning the professional section of the South West Asian & Ethnic Minorities Awards 2014 in recognition for his work as a solicitor and as President of the BJC. Very well deserved!

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Christmas Party 2014

The BJC Christmas party was held at Averys Wine Merchants this year. Christmas jumpers were the order of the evening for a fun filled evening of wine tasting and canapes.

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BJC President’s Lecture – 2014

We were honoured to have Right Honourable Baroness Shephard give the Presidents Lecture this year – continuing the theme of our President Karl Brown’s year, discussing the economic importance of social mobility to 21st century Britain.

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Glassblowing

BJC were lucky enough to try out glass blowing, each making a glass bauble in time for the festive season. Thank you to Bristol Blue Glass for providing such a great lesson!

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For more photos, see our BJC Facebook page…

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Members Dinner 2014

photo 5The Members Dinner was held this year at the Merchants Hall. It was an absolutely spectacular event enjoyed by all. The CofM would like to thank our Chair of Social & Events Gemma-Jane Ogden for organising it.

photo 2-3For more photos, please see our BJC Facebook page.

 

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Five Minutes with the Vice-President…

Next up in our interviews with the Council of Management is our Vice-President Ben St Quintin…

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What is your role on the Council of Management?

I am the Vice President for 2014-15 and will assume the role of President in April 2015.

What does your role involve?

My primary role is to support the current President, Karl Brown, in delivering his aims and objectives, whilst also learning as much as possible about the role before I take over next year!

I organize and Chair the monthly Council of Management (CoM) meetings and assist fellow CoM members as required.

I have also started planning the monthly members meetings for the 2015-16 year, an important part of the President’s remit.  Bristol Green Capital 2015 is a fantastic opportunity for Bristol to promote itself at a national and global level and is a major element of my plans for next year.

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

After admiring the work of previous Council of Management members for almost two years, I decided to stand for a Council of Management position, to build on the great work of my predecessors and lead the BJC in 2015-16.

When I first moved to Bristol, the rugby club I played for was my main source of networking.  After my rugby ‘career’ was curtailed by injury I became more and more involved with the BJC and the unrivaled networking opportunities the organization has to offer.

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

Being part of the Council of Management has allowed me to improve my leadership and management skills and also presented many opportunities to work with the key business and political leaders in Bristol.

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

The American Physicist Frank Wilczek once said, ‘If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake’.

The best thing about being on the Council of Management is the completely unique challenge it provides, to lead a group of young professionals and shape the future of Bristol for the better.

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Five Minutes with the President…

Here at the Council of Management, we thought it would be nice to give a little behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on, and what each role involves. Over the next couple of months, we will be interviewing each member of the Council of Management.

First up, we obviously couldn’t start with anyone else, is our interview with our President Karl Brown… he provides a brief insight into what he does for us and in particular the work he is doing for the city of Bristol

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What better way to decide whether you want to run for being on the Council of Management next year than getting a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on!

What is your role on the Council of Management?

I am the current President of the Bristol Junior of Chamber.

What does your role involve?

As President of the BJC I arrange the speakers and venues for our monthly members’ meetings.  I also set the key themes for the current BJC year and the main key theme of my presidency is the issue of improving social mobility in our city and country.

I also represent the BJC when interacting with key city leaders in Bristol such as the Bristol Mayor.

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

I originally joined the Council of Management in 2009 as Chair of Education and Skills.  The reason for my joining is that I am passionate about giving back to my home city of Bristol and in particular the young people of Bristol.

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

Being on the Council of Management has been fantastic in honing skills such as public speaking, chairing meetings and project management.  It has also been a fantastic opportunity to interact with many of the city’s leaders.

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said “We, the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve”.  The best thing about being on the Council of Management has been the chance to serve BJC members and to serve the City of Bristol.

Don’t forget to pop by the website next week for our quick five minute interview with our Vice-President, the one and only Ben St Quintin!

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October Monthly Meeting

The October monthly meeting was held at The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, College Green. 

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The main theme for the evening was “Celebrating Innovation in Bristol”. The two main speakers were Laura Hilton (Visitor Services Manager at Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust) who discussed plans for the 150th anniversary of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Lloyd Burnell (Project Director) who discussed the extremely exciting proposed Bristol Aerospace Centre, which will be home to Concorde. We also heard from Roger Opie of education group, Ablaze.

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

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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).

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

 

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