Almost 100 local businesses gathered recently to celebrate our 200th birthday. The evening was an impressive gathering of decision makers and influencers who were treated to inspiring speakers and delicious canapés culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.
James Monk, Commercial Services Director, Business West regaled guests with a potted history of Leigh Court throughout its 200 years. Starting out as a resplendent private residence for an entrepreneurial Bristol ship owner – the first recorded millionaire, Leigh Court was visited by many a noble man including King Charles the second. With several interesting changes in ownership over the years including becoming an NHS mental health institution, it is now the home of Business West, the business support organisation that runs the Chambers of Commerce in Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Today it continues to foster entrepreneurial skills in start ups and growing businesses.
Sue Turner, Communications Director, Bristol Port Company said: “It was fantastic to see Leigh Court in all its finery. As a long standing member of Business West’s Chamber of Commerce & Initiative I’m delighted to have been able to celebrate Leigh Court’s 200 years.”
The evening culminated with a show-stopping fireworks display from Firestorm Fireworks which lit up the sky in an explosion of colour and noise – a fitting way to celebrate our beautiful grade two listed mansion’s 200th anniversary.