To help celebrate three quarters of a century serving the British pump industry, the BPMA recently staged a special Anniversary Dinner and Dance.
Held on the evening of 6th October at the Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire, on the outskirts of the picturesque Cotswolds, the event was attended by some of the leading companies associated with this important industry sector.
Sponsored by Grundfos, Wilo and WEG, and presented as the highlight of the BPMA s year-long celebratory activities, the evening started with a Champagne Reception in the Grand Hall of the old Manor House, accompanied by live music. This was followed by the sumptuous Anniversary Dinner in the Enstone Suite, along with more live music, and dancing late into the night.
BPMA Director and CEO, Steve Schofield, commented, "We were delighted to acknowledge the past endeavours of the Association with a wonderful night of celebration, and to herald the next 75 years of BPMA service to industry. The musical showcase by West End 2U was truly exceptional, as was the wonderful sound created by the Swinging Little Big Band.
He added, “The evening was a joy to host and on behalf of the BPMA and all those in attendance, I would again thank our three sponsors for their kind and generous support".
BPMA staff members have been overwhelmed by the reaction to the dinner, which without exception, and against the backdrop of ‘Brexit uncertainty’, has been extremely complementary. Here is just a small sample of the feedback and comments so far received:-
Russell McCabe, Sales Manager, WEG UK - “On behalf of WEG and its guests, can I just say how much we enjoyed Thursday evening – superb hospitality and entertainment in a wonderful setting. We were honoured to be part of the BPMA’s 75th Anniversary celebrations.”
Richard Harden, Managing Director, Wilo UK - “As a long standing member of the BPMA, we were one of the first to support the idea of a celebration dinner to acknowledge its 75th year, and we were proud to have been involved. The venue, hospitality, entertainment and overall organisation was excellent, all contributing to a truly great evening – and a fitting tribute to the BPMA.”
David Hawley, Motors & Generators Business Unit Manager, ABB - “We were really pleased to be able to support the BPMA 75th Anniversary celebration by bringing along some of our key clients for what was a superb evening. Our colleagues and guests had a great time, catching up with many current and old contacts from within the pump industry. The whole evening, reception, dinner and particularly entertainment meant it was a really memorable evening.”
Dale Croker, Managing Director, KSB Limited - “On behalf of KSB Limited and all our staff members who attended the Anniversary Dinner, a big thank you to the organisers and the sponsors for a superb evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. Great venue, great food, great entertainment and equally great company; what more could one ask for? The prestigious event was a fitting celebration of the BPMA’s milestone and one which KSB is proud to have been associated with. The hard work and valuable impact the BPMA continues to provide in the pump industry deserves to be celebrated in such a fashion.
We’re looking forward to the next milestone!”
David Rozee, Managing Director, Triark Pumps - "We had a great night at the BPMA 75th Anniversary Dinner and it was an honour and privilege for us to be dancing the night away (while doing business) with some of the industry’s top brass. Joining the BPMA this past year has already proved itself to be a positive move for us and we wish the BPMA every success while they move ever closer to their 100th year."
Julijana Ristov, Business Manager, Siemens - “Thank you for organising such a wonderful event last week. It was our pleasure to support the BPMA and celebrate, together with our customers, suppliers and colleagues its milestone 75th Anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening - the food, entertainment and overall organisation was exceptional, making it a great networking event.
Alex Onslow, Technical Director, Flowserve SiHi - “A great night with great food & entertainment, great company and a great achievement by the BPMA in reaching its 75th Anniversary. Having been around for three quarters of a century helping engineers within our industry maximise their endeavours, let’s make sure they continue to do so for the next 75 years.