Film stars Beeston Media support Ignite Bristol


When the lights went down for the first talk at Ignite Bristol #1 – Hamish and Penny Beeston, along with friend and former BBC colleague Oli Kendall, were behind the camera, filming them for posterity. While many other Ignites across the world have to rely on amateur film techniques (including one who simply stick an iphone on a tripod!) – here in Bristol we are very fortunate to have these three broadcast professionals who secure us free kit from the lovely people at Films @ 59, then give up their time to set up, film, and then edit all our talks so that they can be enjoyed across the world.

When they’re not doing this for us – Hamish and Penny run Beeston Media. Founded in 2005, they work solely for the non-broadcast market. Creative Director Hamish Beeston is a former Producer / Director of over 30 documentaries for primetime BBC1, BBC2, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Managing Director Penny Beeston is a former Series Producer for Granada Television and ITV Factual.

Beeston Media is based in Bristol, UK and works throughout the UK and overseas.


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Jack Horner sponsors Ignite


There have been some very funny moments at Ignite Bristol over the last two years. Some intentional, others, well, not quite so much. Our final sponsor of Ignite Bristol #8 is an expert at the former – that is, funny on purpose.

Jack Horner is a local comedian and writer who has become a fixture at comedy clubs around Bristol and the wider environs. He has performed at The Wardrobe Theatre, The Cube Theatre, The Colston Hall, Channings Oppo Comedy, The Wundebar, The Thunderbolt, The Bristol Cider House and several other West Country venues (including an Avonmouth shipping yard). His humour is a refreshingly swear-free mixture of adult themes and childishness. Jack is on Twitter @Jack_Horner, and can be seen on YouTube. Contact for bookings and information:

Jack also writes and performs for the podcast “Live from Kirrin Island”, which featured in the iTunes top 20 comedy podcast and has been shortlisted for the European Podcast of the Year. You can download the podcast here

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Jack is also speaking tonight. Look out for him towards the end of the night…

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Sponsor news – Thursday is going to be a Riot!



That Ignite Bristol #8 is going to be an audio / visual and technological triumph is going to be almost solely down to Riot Events. Whether it has been at the ss Great Britain, or Spike Island, and now Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Riot have been an incredibly supportive and helpful sponsor of Ignite. Right now – they’re specifying our projector requirements and planning the lighting and audio for the always tricky ‘rear atrium’ at BMAG! Riot Events are based in Bristol and produce stunning events, corporate hospitality, conferences and client / staff entertainment.

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You read it here first – Bardowl supports Ignite

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The Ignite Bristol team are delighted to announce another of our sponsors for our next event at Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery. It’s Bardowl, who offer unlimited audiobooks streamed direct to your iPhone. Bardowl promise top titles streamed on demand with unlimited listening time, and as many books as you like at no extra cost. From bestsellers to business books,  children’s titles to self help, Bardowl has a huge library of titles from the best publishers for just £9.99 a month.

Launched in beta as recently as January 2011, less than a year later it was awarded Bookseller FutureBook Prize for Best Technology Innovation. Please do visit their site, download the app, and support this fantastic local (and global) business, just as they are supporting us here at Ignite.

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Agilebase sponsor Ignite at the Museum

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We’re delighted to announce our second sponsor for Ignite Bristol #8 ‘Ignite at the Museum”. It’s Agilebase – a flexible cloud platform that enables you to build your own software. With Agilebase you can supplement your existing software, or create brand new applications from scratch. It’s simple and affordable – meaning no developers, no servers, no hassles. It can support a CRM system, inventory, invoicing, job tracking, shared calendar, marketing, logistics – in fact it can be literally any data-based application, whatever tool you think your business needs. Perhaps the only thing that the platform can’t do is give an Ignite talk, which is where the Agilebase Chief Technology Officer Oliver Kohll steps in. Oliver is going to give a talk on ‘An Alphabet of Music’ which will combine his love of music, physics and technology. It sounds as amazing as the support that Agilebase have given Ignite, enabling our next event to happen.


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Announcing our first sponsor…and our host.

A special venue like the City Museum was never going to be easy, and to be able to pull it off we had to appeal for a bit of help, and more importantly money – we asked for sponsors. We really weren’t sure what we’d get so we were delighted with the response.

In the run-up to our biggest ever event next week we want to introduce and say thank your to the companies and individuals who are making Ignite Bristol #8 happen, but we’ll start by introducing our host for IB#8.

Peter Brill, host of Ignite Bristol #8

Peter Brill shared his passion for communications at the very first Ignite Bristol – nearly three years ago – in a talk entitled “Crisis, the Internet and the need for speed“. He’s been a regular attendee since, so we’re really happy that he’s offered to host at Ignite Bristol #8.

But Peter’s commitment to Ignite Bristol runs deeper than passing the microphone between speakers; we are really pleased to be able to say a big “thank you” to his company, Net Mentor – our first sponsors.
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“Net.Mentor has only one aim: to help organisations communicate effectively.  We do this by planning, creating and delivering powerful, compelling content for web, print and media.”

If you are a fan of Ignite and appreciate that the best night of ideas in Bristol remains free to attend, pay Net.Mentor a favour for helping to make our eighth event happen – check out their website.

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