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 [...]


By | February 27th, 2020|Categories: News, People, Technology|

February 27th, 2020 Venue: The House of Commons Churchill Room A perfectly-named room to host the battling Hard Tech community inside the Corridors of Power. The bust of Sir Winston peered out discreetly from an alcove behind our speakers’ table. The purpose of the dinner was to bring the Bessemer entrepreneur hard tech community front and forward with policy makers at the House of Commons for better mutual understanding, with the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology. THE FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY The Foundation brings together representatives from Parliament, government, [...]


By | January 3rd, 2020|Categories: News, People, Technology|

LONDON - November 20, 2019 Venue: THE CITY OF LONDON CLUB, Broad Street, EC1 The City of London Club exudes the club-like atmosphere of the old City, at the very heart of the financial community, and seemed a suitable location for the Award of our Lifetime Fellowship to Dr Drew Nelson, CEO and co-founder of IQE plc, which is listed on the AIM market. The Club building was completed in 1834, almost adjacent to the previous site of the Stock Exchange. Sir Henry Bessemer would have been 19 years of age at that [...]


By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: Events, People|

Warwick University Campus OCTOBER 15TH 2019 The aim of the evening was to consider how the UK automotive industry can establish an indigenous supply chain for electric vehicles, keeping in mind the consequences if it fails. Seventy guests attended. After-dinner conversations continued for a long time before some re-grouped at the nearby hotel bar for night caps. WMG Warwick Manufacturing Group WMG’s position as an automotive centre of excellence means Warwick hosts many conferences, which is reflected in the professionalism of the Conference staff. The venue itself is very functional, which is not [...]


By | August 5th, 2019|Categories: Events, People|

RHODES HOUSE - JULY 4TH, 2019 Our summer dinner took place once again in the vast timber-framed hall of Rhodes House, on a perfect summer’s evening. Rhodes House is our flagship Oxford event of the year. Its generous space and architectural merit help to raise the prominence of the dinner and to improve the discussion as well no doubt, thus to ensure the best possible evening for all the guests. The topic of the evening - manufacturing in life sciences - was highlighted in the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, authored by Sir John [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]