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Designed to drive forward and promote the Construction sector in the region. Kent Construction EXPO celebrates this exciting industry and is the place to network, debate, discover new innovations and ultimately celebrate excellence. The Kent Construction EXPO Gala Dinner taking place on the evening of 1st October is your opportunity to talk, plan, learn, network and do business with the Kent construction community.
Individual tickets are £85 +VAT (£59 + VAT for exhibitors), this includes reception drink, three course meal and after dinner speaker. A table of 10 is £800+VAT (£580 + VAT for exhibitors).
Dress attire: Smart/business wear or lounge suits for men.
For local accommodation and information please click here or call our booking agent Event Express on: +44 (0)1905 732737.
|4.15pm||Cash bar opens|
|6.30pm||Introduction from Jo James and Willmott Dixon|
|9.10pm||Guest speaker - Frank Bruno|
|9.40pm||Closing remarks - Jo James, Chief Executive, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce|
2019 Guest speaker - Frank Bruno MBE
Growing up with five brothers and sisters in a terraced London house, He starting boxing at 9 at the local Wandsworth Boys Club. Frank learnt to box more seriously while at Oak Hall School in Sussex, an establishment for 'problem' children.
During his amateur career, he amassed a 20-1 career, losing to (and eventually beating) Joe Christie while representing the Philip Game Amateur Boxing Club. His amateur career culminated with Frank boxing for Young England and becoming the youngest ever Amateur British Champion at 18. Frank became a professional boxer in 1980, after twenty-one consecutive wins by knockout. As Great Britain had been starved of World champions in the Heavy weight division for the 20th century there became whispers of suggestions of this big lad from South London getting to the heights of a World championship. But there was to be a wait for a few years! In March 1984, at Wembley future world Heavyweight champion, American James 'Bonecrusher' Smith, then a boxing journeyman, stopped Franks Promised Land in its tracks when he defeated Frank by knockout in the tenth and final round of their bout, with Frank leading on all three judges' cards. This would not be the last time Frank went on to lose a contest he had been clearly winning and would have emerged victorious had he survived until the final bell.
In 1989, Frank challenged Mike Tyson for the unified world Heavyweight title. After being shaken in the opening seconds, Frank finished the first round by rocking Tyson with a left hook. However, Tyson recovered the referee stopped the contest in round five with the British boxer taking heavy punishment on the ropes. It would be fair to say the whole of the UK was willing Frank on, something Frank acknowledged after the fight. "Las Vegas was like Mini England”.
In 1995, Bruno finally became World champion by outpointing McCall over twelve rounds. The whole of the UK hailed Frank as King Brooooono. A tour through London with the winning Belt on an Open top bus brought out 100’s of thousands to cheer and wave at Frank.
Frank has remained a popular figure with the British public and crossed over from the sports fans to the man in the street and certainly the women some who want to love him others who want to mother him! His image was enhanced by his relationship with the BBC boxing commentator Harry Carpenter where the "know wot I mean Arry” phrase joined the English language, his appearances on the early Comic Relief programmes in the 1980s and his frequent appearances thereafter on television and on stage. Frank was awarded an MBE in 1990, and is a member of Equity. He's an accomplished actor performing alongside Michael Barrymore (with record box office sales), he played Robin Hood in Bristol & Bradford, alongside British comedians Little & Large, as well as Ringmaster in 'Goldilocks & the 3 Bears' in Birmingham.
Frank is known to suffer from bi-polar disorder. Frank has recovered and is well again. His celebrity status is used by many Mental health charities and his name is used as an example to draw attention to the unknown factors of Mental illness. In 2008 Frank Bruno offered his support to former footballer Paul Gascoigne, who had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.