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IET Somerset & West Wilts Prestige Lecture


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Putting the Bottle into the Bottle Yard Studios

Date and Time

25 January 2018 - 19:00-22:00


Bath, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SW:Somerset & W.Wilts local network. Contact sklong@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

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. 


 7.00pm Meet in the Kennet Room for a glass of wine or orange juice.
 7.30pm Two course dinner served in the Avon Room
(8:30pm Coffee available in the Kennet Room for those not dining)
 9:00pm  Start of presentation

Reasons to attend

Join us for the 22nd Annual joint meeting and Networking Dinner held in conjunction with The Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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."


Dinner+presentation: £42. Presentation only - free

Additional information

The hotel will be pleased to provide a vegetarian meal if required however, this must be ordered beforehand on the Booking Form. There will be no charge for parking at the Hotel. Guests are very welcome to attend. The Dress Code is Lounge Suit.

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