Gala Dinner


The Festival Gala Dinner will be the Grand Finalé to this inaugural Festival of Sustainable Business which will celebrate the great work being done across the region by businesses who are progressing on their sustainability journey.

Taking place at The Bristol Hotel on the evening of 17th September, the dinner will begin with a drinks reception, followed by a gourmet 3 course dinner, prepared using locally and sustainably-sourced produce.

Guests will be entertained by after dinner speakers including:

Natalie Fee, the award-winning environmental campaigner, author, speaker and founder of City to Sea, a non-profit organisation running campaigns to stop plastic pollution at source

Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP, Treasury and Business Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats

Not only does this promise to be a fun and enjoyable evening, it’s also a unique opportunity to network with like-minded peers from businesses across the region, and to hear from some inspirational speakers

Dress code: Business attire

Drinks 7pm | Dinner 7.45pm

The Gala Dinner is kindly sponsored by Gravity.

The Drinks Reception is kindly sponsored by Vattenfall.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Mayor Marvin Rees will no longer be attending the Gala Dinner.

keynote speakers

Natalie Fee, City to Sea

Natalie Fee is an award-winning environmentalist, author, speaker and founder of City to Sea, a UK-based organisation running campaigns to stop plastic pollution at source. In 2018 Natalie was listed as one of the UK’s ‘50 New Radicals’ by The Observer / Nesta and in the same year the University of the West of England awarded her the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her campaign work. She won the Sheila McKechnie Award for Environmental Justice in 2017 for City to Sea's #SwitchtheStick campaign and is proud to have been named Bristol 24/7’s Woman of the Year for 2018.

@nataliefee / @citytosea_ / /

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Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP is the Treasury and Business Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats and is the MP for Kingston & Surbiton. He was the UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from February 2012 to May 2015.

Ed oversaw the legislation and implementation of Electricity Market Reform, Britain’s world-leading creation of a low carbon electricity market. Under his leadership, the UK saw huge investment in renewables, set up Europe’s two leading CCS projects and signed heads of terms on the first new nuclear power station in the UK for over 30 years. Ed was very active on energy and climate policy internationally – especially on the EU’s Energy and Environment Councils. He set up the “Green Growth Group” of EU Ministers to build a successful coalition for the EU’s ambitious “2030 Energy and Climate Change Package”. He led the UK’s push for a stronger EU Energy Security Strategy and headed the UK delegation at 3 UN climate change summits and was active in planning the UK and EU approach to the successful Paris Climate Summit.



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