About us

Our History

Bristol Junior Chamber is proud to have made an important contribution to the history of Bristol by furthering trade, commerce and industry, since the organisation was founded in 1948.  BJC has been involved in a number of high-profile projects including:

  • The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – Formed by the BJC in 1978 and now one of the UK’s top five outdoor events.
  • Bristol’s Heritage Walk – Formed by the BJC in 1984 in conjunction with the Bristol Tourist Information Centre, numbered plaques enable visitors to walk around some of the most exciting parts of the city centre.
  • Secret Underground Bristol Book
  • Bristol and Ballooning Book
  • Brunel 200 – Exhibitions, projects and celebrations taking place during 2006 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Our Projects

The BJC has a strong reputation for developing and organising projects, supporting everything that’s fantastic about Bristol. These projects range from Business and Enterprise, Education and Training, Heritage and Culture, International Exchanges and Influencing.

The BJC are active contributors to the agenda developed by Business West and the West of England Initiative. Members are involved in strategic forums, influencing policy such as transport and development. Presentations from key influencers across the region enable our membership to engage in debate, expressing the views and opinions of Bristol’s young business leaders.

Business and Enterprise
The B&E yearly programme includes activities such as networking events, topical talks or panel discussions, training sessions and industrial visits. The visits were initially developed to discuss developments and their environmental impact, this format has now progressed to industrial visits, providing BJC members with an insight into how other organisations and businesses function. Normally inaccessible to the general public, BJC members gain a fascinating insight into the mechanics of different organisations. Recent visits have included the Houses of Parliament, Bakesmiths Factory, Bristol Airport and the Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory.

Education and Training
The BJC runs a Mock Interview Service for students aged 15 – 17 to practice their interview technique prior to attending university/work interviews. BJC members give a presentation to the school group focusing on completing application forms, interview preparation and interview technique before a team of BJC volunteers run mock interviews for the students. A rewarding and often challenging project, BJC members get as much out of this as the students.

Our Objectives

(a)  To promote the trade, commerce, and industry of Bristol and its environs and the United Kingdom generally.

(b)  To collect and disseminate statistical and other information relating to trade, commerce and industry.

(c)  To promote, support or oppose legislative or other measures affecting trade, commerce and industry.

(d)  To assist and support Business West in the attainment of objects (a), (b) and (c) above.

(e)  To give experience to members in the procedure and conducting of business meetings and opportunity to acquire and develop other skills useful in business.

(f)  To inform Business West of the views of members in relation trade, commerce, industry and shipping.

(g)  To develop the acquaintance of members through the media of their business occupations and social activities.

(h)  To promote membership of Business West.

(paraphrased from the memorandum of the Bristol Junior Chamber)

The Council of Management (CofM) is elected each year by the Membership.  The CofM works together to ensure the smooth running and growth of Bristol Junior Chamber and is the main point of contact for all current and potential members.

The position of Vice President automatically leads to President, which in turn leads to Immediate Past President. This role is therefore in effect a three-year commitment leading the rest of CofM and the membership during that time.

The 2024-2025 CofM took up their positions on 5 April 2024, please find more information below:

President – Emma Carter

Vice President –Connor Jones

Immediate Past President – Georgia Corp

Treasurer –Hannah Diffey

Membership Secretary – Zara Brewer

Honorary Secretary – Rachel Horsburgh

Chair of Marketing, PR and Social Media – Aaron Sims

Chair of Business, Enterprise and Education – Kathryn Binnie and Rachel Griffith (joint position)

Chair of Heritage and Culture – Lara Wiggin

Chairs of Events and Social – Laura Heard

Chair of Charity  – Danielle Argent

Chair of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion – George Hooton

Chair of Sport – Rose Gentle

For general enquiries, please email us at: info@bristoljuniorchamber.co.uk

The following people have held the post of President of the Bristol Junior Chamber:

1948 S V P Cornwell/P Kinnersley 1985 C J Naylor
1949 A F Bull/D A Newton 1986 P Quigley
1950 L G Philpott/J G Dodson  1987 K W J Brown
1951 C P Franklin 1988 R A Harper
1952 M F Andrews 1989 S J Pitchers
1953 L C H Smart 1990 Robert Whittington
1954 D H Carrick 1991 M A Cavanna
1955 G H Grimes 1992 D A Geddes
1956 P L Lynch 1993 C S Merrick
1957 F W M Arkle  1994 D M M Elson
1958 M R Clark 1995 N Tolchard
1959 P H Dyer 1996 P Hillman
1960 R V Culverwell 1997 J Rickard
1961 A Lam 1998 Paul Brown
1962 T J Organ  1999 M Shaw
1963 J P G Weston  2000 J D Rimmer
1964 P A Hilton  2001 D M Ashman
1965 B C Symons 2002 P Angliss
1966 J G Hordle 2003 James Durie
1967 G A L Bennett 2004 Peter Sulzman
1968 R C Bladon 2005 Jon Rathbone
1969 M J Gay 2006 Ed Gunnery
1970 R J Hill  2007 Ben Hardy
1971 K M Lansdown 2008 Simon Gilbert
1972 Bob Durie FRICS OBE 2009 Sue Atkinson
1973 J H W Pepper 2010 Emma Glynn
1974 M R Hill 2011 David  Bird 
1975 J G Brown 2012 Savita Willmott (nee Custead)
1976 F H Pearson 2013 Tom Selway
1977 W R Rowsell 2014 Karl Brown
1978 D H Cowgill  2015 Ben St Quintin
1980 M P Setter 2016 Oliver Brown
1979 M F H Ware 2017 Charles Chami 
1981 J A Barrett 2018 Kirsty Swan
1982 A M Goodall 2019 Alice Floate
1983 D C J Evans 2020 Jack Callow
1984 M G Pearce 2021 Daniel St Quintin


Current Honorary Vice Presidents:

W H R Durie OBE
S J Pitchers
M Shaw
C Skellett
M Cavanna

Would you like to join the BJC?

Any business minded person under the age of 40 who works within the Bristol region is encouraged to make an application to the BJC.

Have any questions or want an application form?