The President’s Annual Dinner 2019

Date: 3 Oct 2019

Time: 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM

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Sheffield Chamber President Steve Manley cordially invites you to join him at one of Sheffield Chamber’s flagship events, the President’s Annual Dinner.

Steve-webThe President’s Annual Dinner is a successful, well established and greatly respected event within the region. It provides networking opportunities at the highest level and typically attracts a capacity audience of over 300 guests, including the A-list of the region’s business world, Chamber Board members and dignitaries.

This year, the event aims to celebrate, recognise and encourage youth enterprise and entrepreneurship, which Steve outlined as a significant focus in November last year when he accepted the chains of office.

The evening will consist of a drinks reception, followed by a delicious three course meal, keynote speaker and after-dinner entertainment by famous Rotherham busker, Alfie Sheard.


Keynote Speaker

FaaizaFaaiza Ramji

“Never turn down an opportunity because you don’t know how to do it. You’ll miss out on your most exciting work.” Faaiza follows this philosophy, another way of saying that she enjoys being in over her head and it has led her to many challenging, frustrating, satisfying, memorable experiences.

In the past, her role in economic development had her rethinking how to shape a city’s image and reputation through the traditional, yet untapped channels of entrepreneurship, trade, and investment attraction. Today, running On Purpose, a marketing strategy firm based in Edmonton, Canada, keeps her in lock step with entrepreneurs, the lifeblood of any city, helping them make meaningful connections with their customers through brand strategy, business development, and customer experience. One of the results of that new way of thinking is the Tier 2 City Network Faaiza is working on with Sheffield City Council, where the objective is to show the world that middleweight cities are ready to punch above their weight and surpass megacities as being innovative, agile, a better place to live, and more important in driving global growth.

Throughout it all, entrepreneurship is the common thread. She dipped her toe in the water when she opened a quick serve restaurant in downtown Edmonton in 2011, and she’s now working with a small group of chefs and farmers to create new products and build a global food brand from one of Canada’s most abundant resources: peas. In short, she’s always chasing her most exciting work.


Keynote Speaker

Rachel-webRachel Topliss

Rachel Topliss is the Head of Employer Academy Partnerships and Work Related Activity at The Sheffield College. Rachel joined the FE sector 10 years ago after returning to live in the UK after spending 13 years working as an Overseas Operations Manager for the global German owned company now known as TUI. Rachel is passionate about driving forward partnership working within the Sheffield City Region to bring together the city’s Educational offer in line with Sheffield’s own business need. Heading up the colleges Employer Skills Academy Strategy, Rachel is keen to share the colleges vision for their students learning experience.


Event Host

Clair-webBBC Look North’s, Clare Frisby

Clare Frisby presents the breakfast and lunchtime editions of Look North every weekday. A past winner of the BT News Broadcaster of the Year award for the North East and Yorkshire region, Clare is well known for exploits which are a little more daring than presenting in the studio. She’s flown with the Red Arrows, wing-walked with the Crunchie Flying Circus and even sat next to Harry Gration in a 1920s Swift car – whilst Harry was driving!


Event Entertainment

ALFIE-webFamous Rotherham Busker, Alfie Sheard

Alfie started his creative activity when he was only twelve. He became famous due to a chance. He was busking in the streets to earn some pocket money and have some practice playing the guitar. Some of the pedestrians made a video and uploaded it on some social net. So, one morning Alfie woke up famous. Now he is a social media star and a concert maker.


Hall of Fame

Sheffield Chamber’s Hall of Fame award recognises our city’s unsung heroes across the community and business sectors. During the event this year we will once again honour several individuals into the Chambers Hall of Fame.

Furthermore, and keeping on theme, Steve Manley will also recognise and award an outstanding leader from the community who has gone above and beyond in their chosen field, which will be linked the Presidents theme of Young Entrepreneurship. This award is sponsored by Taylor&Emmet Solicitors.


Charity of the Year

The event is aimed at providing fund raising opportunities for the Sheffield Chamber Charity of the Year, which will be announced during the evening.

This years shortlist includes:

  • The Children’s Hospital Charity
  • Sheffield Independent Film & TV Limited
  • YWCA Yorkshire


Event Sponsors

The event is kindly sponsored by CT, Keebles, FellowesVow Wholesale, and Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

Outstanding Leader Award sponsored by Taylor&Emmet Solicitors.

Print is kindly sponsored by Universal.



Seating is on round tables of 10 and dress code is black tie/evening dress.

Please pay using a credit / debit card or choose ‘pay offline’ to receive an invoice. Payment to be made in full before any tickets will be distributed (e-tickets). You will receive a confirmation email from the organisers with information on seating plans, wine orders, menus etc in due course.

Location: Cutlers Hall

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