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FELLOWSHIP AWARD DINNER

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: News, People, Technology|

LONDON - November 20, 2018 Venue: THE ARMOURERS AND BRASIERS HALL, City of London The Armourers Hall’s walls are lined with relics of a medieval past, it also has the sense of Victorian romanticism, which is accounted for by the fact the present Hall was completed in 1841 and then heavily ‘gothicised’ in 1871. The Armourers and Brasiers’ Company however dates back to 1322 and has been on the present site, amazingly, since 1346. What changes therefore it has seen, with all the glass and steel buildings around it now! Sir Henry Bessemer [...]

RISING TO THE BATTERY CHALLENGE DINNER

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: News, People, Technology|

Oxford Said Business School, October 31st 2018 The dinner took place in the West Wing of the Said Business School, also known as The Thatcher Business Education Centre, which was completed in 2013. It was a break from our usual choice of venue where we try to make a link to the grandeur of our Victorian industrial heritage, compatible with the image that Bessemer evokes. The new-fangled West Wing building had a security system to prevent unauthorised entry, not surprisingly since the MBAs apparently pay up to £3000 a day to attend courses. [...]

POWER UP THE UK FROM SOUTH WALES DINNER

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Events, News, People|

Cardiff City Hall, Sept 13th, 2018. THE VENUE Cardiff City Hall looks more like the Tuileries Palace in Paris than a City Hall. The entrance is relatively modest but opens into a marbled hall that could find itself at home in Buckingham Palace. There were over 60 attendees, the largest for a dinner so far, putting some pressure on the facilities. The tight space however ensured we enjoyed our usual collegiate atmosphere. Aim of evening The aim was: 1) To promote the Compound Semiconductor Cluster in South Wales; 2) To link other centres [...]

OXFORD SPACE ODYSSEY DINNER

By | July 4th, 2018|Categories: Events, People|

Rhodes House, July 4th 2018. The dinner took place in the vast timber-framed hall at Rhodes House, an echo of England’s Imperial past with Oxford whimsicality added. The theme of Space was an interesting one to consider in such a ‘spacious’ environment. The Oxford area encompassing Culham and Harwell is a leader in the emerging field of ‘New space’ and the leading centre for ‘dramatic’ engineering, such as fusion power and rocket technology. Our principal speaker, Lord Willetts, is a political ‘Space Leader’, due to his earlier role in government supporting the sector [...]

LIVERPOOL SENSOR CITY DINNER, MAY 10, 2018

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Events, News, People, Technology|

BESSEMER SOCIETY DINNER SENSOR CITY, LIVERPOOL, MAY 10TH 2018 LIVERPOOL OPEN TO THE WORLD Speakers Sir Robin Saxby: Founding CEO of ARM Holdings; Angel investor, mentor Jon Hague: Vice President for Science and Technology, Unilever Homecare Divsion Iain Hennessey: Clinical Director of Innovation at Alder Hey Children ‘Living’ Hospital   The Evening Sensor City is an iconic building designed to reflect the idea of a sensor chip. It is an incubator and open access laboratory for sensor related start ups, which is linked to the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. The building [...]

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OXFORD ACCELERATION DINNER, MARCH 8TH 2018

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: News, People, Technology|Tags: |

F1 ACCELERATION MODEL Speakers Mark Preston: Team Leader, TECHEETAH Formula E Racing Team; Founder, Street Drone and Preston Racing, based in Oxford. Graeme Purdy: Founding CEO of AIM listed, Ilika plc, Southampton Jarl Severn: Managing Director of privately owned, Owen Mumford, Woodstock, Oxford The Evening It was a packed house in the Varsity Club, Oxford High Street. The evening consisted of a series of self-intros at one end of the room, followed by networking, and then dinner, talks and discussion at the other – see below – courtesy of Phil Rumsby’s smart phone. [...]

LAUNCH OF THE BRISTOL BESSEMER SOCIETY

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Events, News, People|Tags: |

Professor Guy Orpen, Provost of the University of Bristol, welcomes guests at the Engine Shed, now transformed from a city networking hub into a high class dinner venue. September 27, 2017, The Engine Shed, Bristol BRISTOL AT THE CENTRE Bristol is a leading centre of the aerospace industry, and, with Cambridge, the leading centre for the semiconductor and wireless communities in the UK. Fittingly, therefore, Warren East, head of Rolls-Royce and former CEO of ARM Holdings, was our keynote speaker. The dinner took place in the Engine Shed, designed by Brunel as part [...]

FELLOWSHIP AWARD DINNER, LONDON, NOV. 9TH 2017

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Events, News, People|Tags: |

Venue: THE INSTITUTE OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, One Birdcage Walk, SWI The venue for the dinner has been witness to the pride and success of mechanical engineering since the nineteenth century. Sir Henry Bessemer became a member of the Institute in July 1861 when he gave his address as the Bessemer Steel Works, Carlisle Street, Sheffield, which is where he had established his steel works around 1859. The current IMechE building was opened in 1899, the year after Sir Henry Bessemer’s death. When his name was removed from the registrar he was still using [...]

LAUNCH OF BESSEMER OXFORD SOCIETY

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Events, People, Technology|

The dinner was held on July 11th at Rhodes House, a Cotswold style mansion, with Colonial influences, in the heart of Oxford. The occasion was the launch of the Bessemer Society’s Oxford chapter. We had 50 guests, mainly CEOs and founders of start ups in the Oxford area, together with selected members of the Oxford innovation community. The Self-introductions section, plenty of good humour too.   Does Oxford have a problem? The theme of the evening was how the advent of ‘Patient Capital’ could create a step-change in the pace of [...]

LAUNCH OF BESSEMER NORTH

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Events, People|Tags: , |

The northern hard tech community On Feb 21st we held a dinner for 30 people in the Manchester Central Library’s swish, Cunard style, 1930s era, event space, next to the magnificent Town Hall, where we had held our first dinner in September. The purpose of the evening was to launch the northern chapter of the Bessemer Society. The guests were CEOs and founders of very high tech, hard tech, mainly small, venture companies in the north, together with representatives of organisations providing various kinds of professional support. Our sponsors were the law firm, [...]