Best of Britannia brought to the West

Issue date: 03 November 2016


Best of Britannia

Stalls: 10:00 – 18:00, 5-6 November, St George's, Bristol

Panel Discussions: 18:00 – 20:00, 4 November and 11:00 – 12:30, 5 November, City Campus at Arnolfini

Tickets and Event Information

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), working in partnership with Destination Bristol, is bringing the Best of Britannia (BOB) event to the West for the first time.

BOB has celebrated the quality, invention and style of British made brands, since its initial event held in London in 2011. Since then the product showcase has grown in size and stature, moving to a number of venues outside of England's capital city.

Founded by Antony Wallis, Esme Lynch and Joe Pidgeon, Best of Britannia counts fashion designer Wayne Hemingway MBE as a Non-Executive Director. This year, British menswear designer, founder of Community Clothing, TV personality and BOB ambassador, Patrick Grant, is showcasing his Community Clothing label at BOB West.

The inaugural BOB West promises to be the organisation's biggest regional event yet. Taking place at St George's in Bristol and the UWE Bristol's City Campus at Arnolfini, BOB West will showcase over 100 brands from the region.

St George's will be transformed into a unique 'pop-up' department store, with a huge array of products on display, including the best in food and drink. Among the sellers will be UWE Bristol Product Design graduate, Josh James, with 'Melt' - a step by step kit that turns waste plastic into beautiful handcrafted objects - and UWE Bristol's Research Collaborator, Arthur Buxton, with Colourstory - a bespoke printing service.

Alongside the brand showcase, the Arnolfini lecture theatre will play host to a pair of panel discussions, both of which are free to attend.

On Friday 4 November, 18:00 – 20:00, Patrick Grant, Great British Sowing Bee, will lead a panel discussion on 'Making the Best of Brexit'. The panel which will include Best of Britannia Co-Founder, Anthony Wallis, and UWE Bristol's Associate Professor in Knowledge Exchange, Carol Jarvis among its number.

A second panel discussion on the subject of 'Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Education', led by UWE Bristol's Dr Fiona Jordan, will take place on Saturday 4 November, 11:00 – 12:30. Panel members include Matt West (Entrepreneur Development, NatWest) and BA Business Team Entrepreneurship graduate Will Dooley who now runs the crowdfunding agency CrowdReach with two of his course mates.

Fiona Jordan, Associate Dean of External Engagement, Faculty of Business and Law, at UWE Bristol, said, “We at UWE Bristol are delighted to be working with Best of Britannia to bring this innovative exhibition to Bristol and showcase the wealth of innovation and creativity that this region has to offer.”

The entire BOB event is free to attend for students and UWE Bristol staff. Tickets can be obtained by visiting the BOB website.

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