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Great turnout for our BBRC event at Lockleaze Sports Centre

It was good to see so many old and new faces at our ‘Building a thriving regional economy’ event in Bristol on 4th November 2022, at Lockleaze Sports Centre.

We would like to thank everyone who came along. It was great that so many of our social impact investees were able to be there, and to be able to share their amazing work.

The event kicked off with an introduction from Bristol & Bath Regional Capital Chief Executive, Ed Rowberry.  

Ed Rowberry, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital’s Chief Executive

We enjoyed a keynote speech from Shadi Brazell, Senior Programme Manager for place-based impact investing at Impact Investing Institute who talked about her experience in impact investment and shared real-life examples of impact investment in action.

Shadi Brazell, Senior Programme Manager for place-based impact investing at Impact Investing Institute 

Richard Pendlebury MBE DL, BBRC’s outgoing chair then launched our 2022 Impact Report and gave his reflections on BBRC’s journey to becoming Bristol & Bath’s first place-based investor.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve done in 7 years.”

Richard Pendlebury MBE DL, BBRC’s outgoing chair

Ed thanked Richard for his invaluable contribution to Bristol & Bath Regional Capital since our very beginnings.

Looking ahead, Laura Barrow, Finance Director and Investment Director Jari Moate set out BBRC’s plans to develop new funds of £50-100 million for the wider region to invest in impactful businesses accelerating the route to Net Zero.

Laura Barrow, Finance Director & Jari Moate, Investment Director, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

Ryan Munn, BBRC’s Investment Business Development Manager (who helps social entrepreneurs in the West of England find the finance they need to grow & succeed), wrapped up the speeches, explaining that the best part of his job is working with the inspiring people that BBRC invests in.

The event provided a great opportunity for investees and partners to talk to the team & find out more about BBRC and plans for the future.

Alongside the talks, attendees were able to explore our marketplace of exhibitors, featuring a number of our investees & their innovative products & services, including:

Ambition Community Energy

Yumello

AutonoMe

GenieConnect® by Service Robotics Ltd

Big Issue eBikes

Yuup

We really enjoyed the evening and are very grateful to all those that attended and made it such a success. BBRC are excited about our future and are committed to building on the impact we’ve made in the region so far.

Read our 2022 Impact Report here

Event participant comments:

“Great event & fab opportunities to network.”

“It was a great event filled with positive energy plus information / insight & opportunity plus networking. I would recommend.”

“Great to hear about how investments have made a real impact to society. Lovely to see the entrepreneurs too.”

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