22nd Annual Joint Meeting and Dinner

Annual Dinner Celebration

Start Date: 25 Jan 2018

Start Time: 7:00 PM

End Time: 10:30 PM

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 80

Venue: Bath Spa Hotel, Sydney Road, Bath, BA2 6JF › View map

Dinner price: £42.00

Presentation only price: Free

Event Capacity: Full

Join us for the 22nd Annual joint meeting and Networking Dinner held in conjunction with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Enjoy a two course dinner followed by our after dinner speaker, Fiona Francombe, Site Director, Bottle Yard Studios - "Putting the Bottle into the Bottle Yard Studios."

The Bottle Yard Studios in Hengrove, Bristol is the largest dedicated studio facility in the West of England. The site, which operated for 50 years as a winery and bottling plant, now offers eight stages of flexible space, including giant green screen studio and large back lot, plus workshops, production offices, costume and dressing-rooms. It is also home to a tenant community of around 20 on-site businesses delivering specialist creative, digital, technical and audio/visual expertise.

Site Director Fiona Francombe was instrumental in establishing The Bottle Yard Studios and has managed the seven-acre site since the Bristol City Council initiative opened in 2010 with the aim of boosting levels of film and TV production in Bristol, following the departure of some of Bristol’s longest running titles to Wales, such as Casualty and Being Human. The South Bristol site’s warehouses which had long stood empty after traditional manufacturing moved on, have since become a thriving hub of industry activity with a proven track record of accommodating high calibre titles including most recently Poldark (BBC One), The Crystal Maze (Channel 4), Broadchurch (ITV) and Three Girls (BBC One). A key employment driver in the city’s production sector, the Studios created an estimated 380 jobs on site in 2016, almost 65% of which were filled by local residents. 
In November 2017, Bristol’s reputation as a world-leading film centre was further cemented when it was named a UNESCO City of Film. Working with Bristol Film Office and other film partners, the Studios have become a cornerstone to the local production industry, which contributes more than £18 million annually towards the Bristol’s economy.

There will also be a small number of seats, made available at no charge in the Avon Room, for those who would like to hear the Presentation but do not wish to attend the Dinner. These seats must be booked in advance. The Presentation is expected to start at about 9.00pm.  Complimentary coffee will be available in the Kennet Room from 8.30pm for those not dining.




 Arrival and refreshments in the Kennet Room


 Dinner - served in the Avon room


 "Putting the Bottle in the Bottle Yard Studios" - Fiona Francombe, Site director, Bottle Yard Studios


 Event concludes

Additional Information

Dress Code - Lounge Suits.

Free Parking is provided by the Hotel.

There will be a complimentary glass of wine or orange juice in the Kennet Room on arrival. This will be followed by a two-course dinner, with wine and coffee included, in the Avon Room. 

Vegetarian meals can be provided if required, but must be pre-ordered on the Booking Form below. Guests are very welcome.


  • 3 course meal with wine
  • Parking

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at networks.support@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207494.

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