The Annual Gala Dinner brings together the private equity and venture capital community at the end of the year for an evening of networking, musical entertainment and a high-profile guest speaker, all amongst festive surroundings. The Annual Gala Dinner will also play host to the conclusion of the BVCA’s Vision 2023 – Leaders Driving Growth Awards, our annual initiative held in association with Grant Thornton, aimed at recognising the best business leaders within our members’ portfolio companies.
18:30-19:30 - Guest arrival and drinks reception
19:30-19:40 - Call for dinner
19:50-20:00 - Welcome address
20:00-21:30 - Dinner Service
21:30-21:50 - Vision 2023
22:30-22:45 - Closing Remarks
22:45-00:30 - Post-dinner networking reception and entertainment
01:00 - Carriages
London Hilton on Park Lane
22 Park Lane
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Guest Host & Compère
Jon Culshaw is seen by many as being Britain's best impressionist with a repertoire of over 350 voices covering politics, sport and celebrity from Boris Johnson to Alan Carr, Brian Cox to Barack Obama, Russell Crowe to Michael McIntryre.
Originally a DJ, Jon won a Radio 1 talent contest and joined the team on the seminal television satire Spitting Image. He played 40 characters, including Frank Bruno, Michael Portillo, Bill Clinton and Liam Gallagher. Jon then became ‘the man of a thousand voices’ on Channel 4’s Big Breakfast before returning to radio where he made international headlines by calling the Downing Street switchboard and fooling the operators with his William Hague impression. After being put through to Tony Blair, the incident was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions and reported in Hansard.
With an unmatched versatility, Jon found mainstream success with the radio and TV show Dead Ringers leading to his own BBC series, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, which was followed by Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown and The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson. He is a regular guest on radio and TV comedy and chat shows from The Now Show to Parkinson, and frequently appears on election coverage, providing necessary comic relief with impromptu impressions of politicians and commentators.
Away from comedy, Jon’s love of science and astronomy have seen him join the world’s longest running television programme The Sky at Night, as well as writing a column, Jon Culshaw’s Exoplanet Excursions, for the show’s magazine. He has also appeared alongside Brian Cox on Stargazing Live and The Infinite Monkey Cage.
Jon will be joining us as our guest host and compère for the evening.
Black tie and evening/cocktail dress
At the Gala dinner, the BVCA will be fundraising for Impetus. More information about our partnership with Impetus can be found here.
Members: £495 +VAT for a single seat
Members: £4,395 +VAT for a table of 10
Non-members: Limited allocation, please email Thumula Fonseka to discuss participation and pricing.
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Please contact the Events Team for further information.