It is with regret that for the first time in BASA's history we are forced to cancel the 37th AGM and Industry Lunch scheduled for 25th March at SS Great Britain in Bristol due to the impacts of non-essential business and travel restrictions as a result of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak in the UK.  We will process refunds on paid tickets as soon as possible.
BASA Industry Lunch 2020
Incorporating a BASA Open Industry Forum and the 37th BASA Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 25 March 2020
Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol

After the success of last years combined event we have decided to retain the 2019 format for the 2020 Annual Industry Lunch and will again be holding a combined Open Industry Forum with our Industry Lunch to double the reasons to attend. We have chosen the historic SS Great Britain as our venue, and remind BASA Members that Brunel's SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. When she was launched in 1843 she was called 'the greatest experiment since the Creation'. By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the SS Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships. There is so much to see at Brunel's SS Great Britain in Bristol. Be sure to head beneath the glass sea, walk the SS Great Britain's history in the Dockyard Museum and step onto the ship itself. Alive with sights, sounds and even smells, prepare to set sail on the most extraordinary time machine. In addition, by buying a ticket to support  the BASA Industry Lunch at the  SS Great Britain, this means you are also supporting them as a charity! All BASA Lunch guests have the opportunity to take a guided tour after lunch before heading home.


Our day will start in the Viridor Theatre with a BASA Open Industry Forum with speakers from industry and business and a networking and poster breakout session. We have BASA’s favourite, Simon Hart from RSM who has presented at two previous Open Forum meetings and Martin Leeming from Trakrap UK who gave an interesting talk at November's OIF and is coming back to talk the benefits of automation. We also hope to have a BEIS speaker on life in a post Brexit worls as well as some industry speakers on environmental issues and electric vehicles


We will then hold the Annual General Meeting and attendance for the 37th AGM is free for BASA members to attend. Guests of members are invited to move to the Great Eastern hall for pre-lunch drinks. As soon as the AGM is completed we will serve a fantastic three course lunch with wine in the Great Eastern Hall.


The Industry Lunch is then further enhanced with a Guided Tour of the SS Great Britain. Tour the entire ship with one of our knowledgeable volunteer tour guides. You can discover how Isambard Kingdom Brunel revolutionised travel, setting new standards in engineering, reliability and speed that changed the world. You will also hear stories about the crew and passengers who sailed on this remarkable ship and her return to the very dock she was built in.


We hope you can join us on the day and benefit from this excellent and informative networking opportunity and a enjoy a superb opportunity to relax and network with colleagues

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09:30:  Registration and Refreshments

10:15:  Open Industry Forum

12:00:  BASA AGM (Members only)

12:30:  Industry Lunch

14:00:  Opportunity for Tours of SS Great Britain

15:00:  Event Close

Open Industry Forum Speaker Line Up (provisional)
  • Simon Hart, RSM - Brexit, Europe and Global Trade


  • Martin Leeming, Trakrap - Industry 4.0 and the benefits that automation can deliver to organisations, 

  • Phil Conran, 360 Environmental - Impacts, Consequences and costs of the new political landscape for environmental protection in the UK

  • Electric Vehicle leasing - cost savings and tax rules

  • BEIS Speaker (TBC) - Preparing for life after EU Exit


We are looking for BASA members who would like to lend their name to the event in the form of sponsorship, to support the work of the Association. We have opportunities for member companies to contribute a modest sponsorship to help promote the work of the Association and allow us to support members throughout 2020.


Sponsors are invited to submit a free advert in the BASA bulletin that will be available on the day and subsequently distributed to all members. Sponsors may also provide pop up posters or content for the breakout poster sessions during the event and are also invited to submit articles for the newsletters and updates during 2020.


Sponsorship can be purchased when you book your tickets using the online booking system.

Cost of sponsorship:  £260.00 + VAT


Mint Events manage event booking for this event on behalf of BASA.  For event related queries, including cancellations and amendments, please contact:


John Bastock

Mint Events Ltd

T:  +44 (0)1270 750070  (office open Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00 GMT)


Ticket Prices

Industry Lunch

£120.00 + VAT per ticket. 

10% discount on bookings of more than one ticket.


To book, please click the button below.

Open Forum

The Open Forum is free to attend and can be booked using the online booking system (click the button below).



The AGM is free to attend but please note that it is only open to BASA Members.  Even if you plan to attend the AGM only, please ensure you book using the online system (it will allow you to select AGM only) by clicking the button below.

Company Tables

Book 10 or more tickets and you will be allocated a private table (tables can fit up to 12 people).  Guest numbers that don’t add up to a full table of 10-12 people would normally be seated on a shared table, however please feel free to call us to discuss bespoke seating arrangements.

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Brunel's SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard

Gas Ferry Rd




The beautifully restored SS Great Britain lies in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, and offers some of the most spectacular views in the region, along with fantastic event facilities.