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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]