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June 13, 2023

FuckUp Nights Bristol - Launch Event

Jun 13, 2023

7:15 pm


10:45 pm

Most people fuck up at some point...and most people live to tell the tale. Fuckup Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. professional failure. Events across the globe get 3 or 4 people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup/mistake. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled, stories like these will all be told. At this launch event we have three fabulous speakers who are going to share their mistakes. No happy ending for any of these three stories! Robert Craven - will tell us about how a 4 week refurb project for a restaurant/cafe, with 17 staff, in a listed building ended up with...more to come! Leah Steele - aged 10 Leah decided to become a lawyer and wanted to change the world, but by 32 she was burned out, bereaved and abandoning the law; looking back, could she have done anything differently? Come and find out. Ben Heald - is going to share how a history of surviving crises led him to miss the signs and fail to act sufficiently quickly in 2018 as things went wrong at...come and find out where! Robert is never happier than when he is strumming a guitar, painting or playing with grandchildren. His current business GYDA Initiative works with digital agencies to improve their businesses but he has an eclectic back story and will focus in on one particularly failure from a few years ago. Ben has been a serial Bristol entrepreneur since the mid-90s and is currently owner of Sift and chair of Business Data Group, St. George's Bristol and Bristol Pound. Ben's story will be a personal one about a business' collapse and its consequences. Leah was a lawyer who hit a critical point in her life and stepped away from the law. She is now a mentor and trainer for corporate professionals who are struggling with exhaustion, burnout and imposter syndrome. These are real stories from real people and these will be lessons we can all learn from. Let's change the narrative, let's #ShareTheFailure and learn from it. This is the first of what is planned to be a quarterly event for 2023. What's Included All tickets include a glass of wine or beer or two soft drinks plus some canapés (enough to keep your hunger at bay until later in the evening). Timings 6:15pm - doors open & networking 7:00pm - presentations start. Each presentation is 10 minutes with 5 minutes Q&A 8:00pm - networking & canapés 9:45pm - close Step Free Access There is step free access throughout the venue's indoor areas via ramps and a lift, however unfortunately the terrace and garden can only be accessed via steps and there may not be an accessible toilet available on the evening. Please do let us know in advance if you will need ramps. Promoter This event is organised by David Gilroy, Managing Director, Conscious Solutions. A serial entrepreneur David has for the last 30 years worked exclusively in the online space having been part of the early management team at CompuServe, co-founded Sift and for the last 20 years led the team at Conscious Solutions, the UK's leading digital marketing agency for law firms. 100% Money Back Guarantee If you do not feel you got any value from this event, email bristol@fuckupnights.co within 24hrs of the start time and you will be refunded 100% of your fee. Sponsorship Nothing is planned yet, but if you are interested in getting in front of what I hope would be a pretty decent audience of Bristol-based business people, let me know. Media Partner I don't have one yet. Interested? Let me know.

Fuckupper Wanted

Fuckup Nights is a global movement with a platform for international events where people get to share their personal failure stories. Every month different events happen worldwide where three to four speakers step into the spotlight in front of a room of strangers to share their screw-ups. We've heard it all, from stories of businesses that go bust, partnership deals that fall out, to products that must be recalled.

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David Gilroy

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David is a seasoned entrepreneur on the Bristol business scene. He led the CompuServe operations in Bristol managing a team of 250 back in the early 90s, co-founded the agency Sift in the mid-90s and for the last 20 years co-founded and is still the Managing Director of Conscious


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