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THE SECOND SEMICONDUCTOR REVOLUTION

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Events, People|

ENGINEERS HOUSE, BRISTOL - JUNE 19TH 2019 The plan for the evening was to consider how the silicon design community and the compound semiconductor manufacturing community were at a position to work closer together, or at least with more self-awareness, due to the convergence of technologies in new markets like e-mobility. Here Graphcore’s microprocessors can make sense of vast data sets generated by smart sensors, while compound semiconductors have the speed and flexibility necessary to manage huge data in real time. Engineers House Our venue, Engineers House, was completed in 1831, the same year [...]

Member profile: Paragraf

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Rapidly expanding start-up builds valuable new contacts Networking is an essential responsibility for any chief executive – but it can be a time-consuming exercise which doesn’t always come with a tangible return on investment. That pressure can be felt keenly by leaders of smaller organisations such as start-ups, who often recognise the value of exchanging information and ideas with their peers, but find themselves faced with a multitude of other tasks which always seem to take priority. For Simon Thomas, chief executive of Cambridge University spin-out Paragraf, identifying and making the most of [...]

NORTH WEST HYDROGEN REVOLUTION DINNER

By | April 29th, 2019|Categories: Events, People|

TOWN HALL, LIVERPOOL, APRIL 10TH 2019 The purpose was to bring together a range of senior executives involved in developing and promoting a hydrogen economy in the North West. Liverpool is building a powerful case for government support led by our partners at the dinner - the North West Business Leadership Forum, Peel Holdings and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The Venue The venue reflected the period in Britain’s mercantile history when Liverpool was the dominant port trading with the New World – an impressive late Georgian building with enormously high ceilings [...]

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 [...]