SWBC Annual Dinner 2023


Time: 17:30 – 23:30

Location: The Box, Plymouth

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swbc-annual-dinner-2023-tickets-545806410667?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

The prestigious 2023 SWBC Annual Dinner will be held at The Box, Plymouth on 29th June.

The Evening, Date and Timings:

  • Thursday 29th June 2023
  • Welcome drinks served from 17:30, with optional ability to tour the Box’s galleries prior to the event
  • Three-Course Dinner served from approx 19:15
  • Carriages 11:30 pm
  • Guest Speaker: Bridget Rosewell CBE, MA, MPhil, FICE

The University of Plymouth is the proud headline sponsor of this event.

Celtic Sea Power and Gwynt Glas are proud co-sponsors. 

Guest Speaker:

Bridget Rosewell CBE, MA, MPhil, FICE
Bridget Rosewell is an experienced director, policy maker and economist, with a track record in advising public and private sector clients on key strategic issues. She chairs Atom Bank and the M6 Toll Company and is a non-executive for the UK Infrastructure Bank and Northumbrian Water. She is also currently a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission. Among other roles, she has chaired DVSA, been Senior Independent Director for Network Rail and Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority.

She was appointed CBE in December 2018 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Academy of Social Science and the Society of Professional Economists. She writes on finance, risk and uncertainty as well as infrastructure and modelling validation.

She has worked extensively on cities, infrastructure and finance, advising on projects in road and rail and on major property developments and regeneration. She has advised on changes to planning regulation and TfL’s finances and has appeared at planning Inquiries.

About The Box

The Box is Plymouth’s new £46 million cultural destination, proudly led by Plymouth City Council in Britain’s Ocean City. A museum, gallery and archive. A cafe, shop and bar. A place that you can make your own, and where there’s always something new to discover.

The opening of The Box was one of the most significant cultural events in the UK in 2020. Plymouth’s former Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library and St Luke’s church buildings have been completely transformed with a series of new galleries and exhibition spaces. The Box also features a striking elevated ‘archive in the sky’ with research and learning facilities, food, drink and retail spaces. It’s also created a major new public square (Tavistock Place) for performances, events and artistic responses.

Plymouth has a fascinating past and a dynamic present. The Box’s collections, programmes and commissions share stories of international and local significance. We also give contemporary artists the opportunity to create new work that responds to our historic collections.

Image credit: All gallery images are courtesy of The Box.

Annual Dinner Sponsors

Headline Sponsors – University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a world class research university and continues to drive the global debate in disciplines including marine and maritime, sustainability, health technologies and climate action. It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence, and with over 18,000 students, a further 7,000 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 140,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence. http://www.plymouth.ac.uk

Rich Adams, Business Engagement Manager in the University of Plymouth’s Enterprise Solutions service, said: “Our university has a longstanding commitment to advancing knowledge and using it to transform people’s lives. Working closely with the South West Business Council and the wider business community gives us the opportunity to do both, and in any particular year we engage with around 3,500 businesses, helping them identify solutions and overcome barriers to growth. Sponsoring this important annual event gives us the chance to help the region’s enterprises celebrate their successes, and to explore how they might build on them – both individually and collectively – over the coming weeks, months and years.”

Co-Sponsors – Celtic Sea Power

Celtic Sea Power are aiming to accelerate and streamline the development of offshore renewable energy in the Celtic Sea. We are a team of experts specialising in a range of subjects including renewable energy, offshore operations, engineering and marine biology. We are working on the development of a local supply chain, grid and network solutions, ports and infrastructure, workforce development and environmental characterisation, to ensure opportunities are maximised for the region.

Phil Johnson, Business Development Manager at Celtic Sea Power, said: “Celtic Sea Power are delighted to co-sponsor this event. Floating offshore wind represents a huge opportunity for our region and this event will be key to further developing a joined-up approach to realising the benefits for all. We are delighted to announce our membership of SWBC and look forward to working ever closer with stakeholders across the south-west region.”

Co-Sponsors – Gwynt Glas

Gwynt Glas, Welsh for blue wind, is a joint venture partnership between EDF Renewables UK and DP Energy to develop floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.

Gwynt Glas is conducting initial development activities to secure a seabed lease for a 1 GW floating wind farm which would provide clean power for approximately 920,000 homes. 

The expertise across the Gwynt Glas partnership, blends a wealth of large-scale project experience and global industry know-how, with local knowledge from our team based in the South West of England and Wales. The project is focused on maximising regional supply chain and workforce development opportunities to capitalise on the long-term economic, social and environmental benefits that floating offshore wind innovation can deliver.

South West Coast Path
SWBC proudly supports the South West Coast Path Association, a registered charity working to protect