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Our established series of dinners feature high-calibre speakers and an audience drawn from all parts of the private equity and venture capital community, making it an ideal networking event to raise your profile and entertain your clients. All proceeds from fundraising are donated to charity. The Midlands Dinner will also host the BVCA's Regional Management Team Awards, which will recognise and celebrate the industry's success stories within the region.
19:00 Registration and networking reception
20:00 Welcome from Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
20:05 Dinner service
21:15 Management Team Awards, presented by Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
21:25 Dinner service resumes
21:55 Business card draw and charity donations
22:00 Address by guest speaker - Michael Pawlyn
22:20 Heads & Tails Quiz followed by Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
22:30 Closing remarks by Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
22:35 Post dinner networking reception
Michael PawlynMichael Pawlyn was one of the lead architects behind the Eden Project in Cornwall. Treating nature as a blueprint, he believes there are huge gains to be made by learning from how the natural world works.
For every problem we face, from generating energy to manufacturing materials, there are examples from nature to give us inspiration. Importantly, these solutions are often more profitable than traditional approaches, as well as radically reducing the impact on the environment.
Michael's work includes a carbon neutral method for regenerating waste, and the revolutionary Sahara Forest Project which mimics the Namibian fog-basking beetle’s ability to create its own fresh water. The scheme has the potential to reverse the process of desertification in the Sahara and other desert regions as well as generating large amounts of renewable solar energy.
As well as advances in architecture, design, engineering and materials, Michael takes a broader look at innovation and the future. Given the fundamental importance of everything from office design to manufacturing technologies to transport for any business, Michael also considers the changes specific industries might face. Michael Pawlyn represented Grimshaw as a Founder Member of the UK Green Building Council and is a member of The Edge, the environmental think tank. He has also founded his own architectural practice specialising in sustainable and biomimicry projects and written the book Biomimicry in Architecture.
Black tie and evening/cocktail dress
Ribbons of smoked salmon, with beetroot textures and horseradish cream
Deconstructed shepherd's pie, pulled shoulder of lamb, champ mash, minted peas, heritage carrots and marjoram jus
Raspberry dome, freeze-dried raspberries
Sancerre Les Bouffants, Loire Valley, France
Norton Porteno Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
Please note that all table bookings include 5 bottles of wine and unlimited still and sparkling water
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Members: £250.00 + VAT for a single seat
Members: £2,195.00 + VAT for a table of 10
Non-members: Limited allocation, please email Jack Hughes to discuss participation and pricing.
Bookings are non-refundable. Please see our Terms & Conditions.
We have secured preferential rates with the The Radisson Blu Birmingham of £130.00 inc. VAT for a single occupancy superior room including breakfast.Please call 0121 654 6000 and ask to book under the BVCA allocation for preferential rates. You will need to provide a credit/debit card and an expiry date at the time of booking. Please note these rates expire on 5 June 2019. We have secured preferential rates with the The Malmaison Birmingham of £128.00 inc. VAT for a single occupancy standard room including breakfast.Please call 0330 016 0380 and quote "1306BVN" for preferential rates. You will need to provide a credit/debit card and an expiry date at the time of booking. Please note these rates expire on 30 May 2019.
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