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By | December 1st, 2022|Categories: News, People, Technology|

Dec 1, 2022 THE ROYAL HORSEGUARDS HOTEL, Whitehall, London The Venue The Royal Horseguards Hotel was built between 1886 and 1892 as part of a bigger development called Whitehall Court, which housed superior flats whose residents included William Gladstone, Lord Kitchener, George Bernard Shaw, H.G Wells and the younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II. Parts of the hotel were later used by the forerunners of MI5 and MI6, being handily located to the old War Office. The National Liberal Club is located within the complex. Winston Churchill was a member in his younger [...]



By | November 8th, 2022|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

ARCHIPELAGO TECHNOLOGY: inkjet innovation that could revolutionise the way viscous liquids are dispensed On an innovation centre in the heart of Cambridge, a small yet highly-experienced team of engineers are busy creating 'the next big thing in inkjet technology' that will revolutionise how coatings are applied. Guy Newcombe, chief executive of Archipelago Technology Coatings are everywhere – our cars, homes, gadgets, and even the food we eat. Yet the spraying process used to apply these coatings is often expensive and inefficient, with up to 50 per cent of the applied substances [...]


By | September 22nd, 2022|Categories: News, People, Technology|

SEP 22ND 2022 THE COMMON ROOM, NEWCASTLE ON TYNE The Venue The Common Room describes itself as a celebration of Graft and Glory. This reflects the fact it was once the home of the former Mining Institute which played a leading role in the Industrial Revolution. Its aim is to continue building on that legacy promoting technologies that enable sustainability. It was therefore entirely appropriate for a Bessemer Dinner. The Institute was founded in 1852 on the present site, shortly before Henry Bessemer announced his disruptive steel invention, arguably at the peak of [...]



By | June 30th, 2022|Categories: News, People, Technology|

Jun 30th, 2022 HARWELL CAMPUS, OXFORD The Venue The Harwell site has grown to become the leading showcase of an advanced cluster, housing the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and Diamond Light Source on the government-owned part of the site, alongside rapidly-growing private investment in research and manufacturing facilities on the adjoining campus. I have watched this growth over the past 15 years under different ownerships. Now under the new ownership of Brookfield, one of the largest property and investment firms in the world, their plans are to expand it faster still. We held our [...]



By | January 20th, 2022|Categories: News, People, Technology|

Dec 2, 2021 THE IRONMONGERS’ HALL, Barbican, London The Venue The history of the Ironmongers’ Company dates back over 700 years with its roots in the iron trade. It is one of the Great XII livery companies. It has occupied four previous halls, the last destroyed by a bomb dropped during World War I. The present Hall stands on land which was bought in 1922 and was opened on 17 June 1925. Henry Bessemer was not a member of the Company, as the Ironmongers do not admit members if they belong to another [...]


By | November 30th, 2021|Categories: News, People, Technology|

City of London Club NOVEMBER 11TH 2021 The Evening The evening brought together key parts of the semiconductor industry to consider the need for a National Semiconductor Industry Strategy. 80 guests attended, which included government officials, investors and industry. The Venue A view of the neo-classical 1834 facade. The City of London Club is a point of continuity in the financial centre, the skyline of which changes almost daily as another Cheese Grater or Gherkin building goes up. The building was completed in 1834 making it the oldest Club in the [...]

The Battery Investor Forum

By | November 10th, 2021|Categories: News, People, Technology|

Sept 16 2021 Venue: Worcester College The Evening The purpose of the evening was to demystify the battery sector for an investor audience. Nearly 30 investment firms attended from out of a total of 105 guests. The event comprised a (gentle) Dragons’ Den, Self-Intros by Bessemer members, speakers at dinner, discussion and active networking. The Venue In the photograph, the Dining Hall is located behind the colonnades, occupying half the space of the ground floor, with its entrance to the far right. Beneath it are medieval cellars which have been converted to a [...]

Member Profile: PragmatIC Semiconductor

By | October 19th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

PragmatIC Semiconductor: How a successful scale-up funding round will accelerate the rollout of ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits Confidence is high at PragmatIC Semiconductor, the provider of ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits that can be embedded into everyday objects. The company, headquartered in Cambridge and with its first fabrication line in the North East of England, has just announced the completion of an $80 million Series C funding round. The investment will enable it to scale up its FlexLogIC manufacturing model, producing billions of flexible circuits at an order of magnitude lower cost than traditional [...]

Member Profile: UtterBerry

By | July 4th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

How an innovative UK company is leading the way in developing intelligent, low-power sensors for a connected world. Smart infrastructure is big business. All over the world, digital sensing technologies are being deployed on a broad range of structures such as bridges and tunnels, providing engineers with real-time condition monitoring data that helps protect asset integrity. Notably, it is a British company initially spun out from the University of Cambridge that leads the way. UtterBerry produces miniature, artificially intelligent, ultra-lower power wireless sensors used in various major infrastructure projects, including London’s Crossrail and [...]

Member Profile: Puraffinity

By | March 25th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Puraffinity: the Imperial College start-up which plans to clean-up the world ‘Great oaks from little acorns grow’. That is a proverb that resonates with Henrik Hagemann, chief executive officer at biotech start-up Puraffinity, whose company began life as an idea in an international science competition and is now backed by private capital to the tune of several million pounds. The London-based green technology company, incorporated in 2015, is focussed on designing smart materials for environmental applications such as removing human-made pollutants from water and wastewater using an easily deployed adsorbent media. Puraffinity has proven [...]