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Annual Gala Dinner

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Date: Tuesday 23 October, 19.00 - 23.30

Gold sponsor : Ernst & Young, International SOS
Silver sponsors: Accor, EasyJet,
EDF Energy and HSBC
Partners: Champagne: Perrier-Jouët; Vin: Les Vins du Médoc, Les Vins de Graves
Guest Speaker: Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer, WPP Group
Hosted at the Landmark London Hotel
Cost: £175 + VAT per person / £1650 + VAT for a table of 10
£1900 + VAT for a table of 12

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The Gala dinner is the premier black tie dinner and most glamorous event of the Chamber, featuring a Champagne reception, live entertainment and a tombola with amazing prizes.

For more information about the amazing prizes, please click on this link.

The French Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer of WPP Group, is the guest of honour and speaker at its most prestigious event of the year: the Annual Gala Dinner. This event, which gathers around 400 decision-makers from the Franco-British business community, will take place at the sumptuous Landmark hotel on 23rd October.
The 2011 Gala was a resounding success thanks to the participation of Paul Deighton, Chief Executive Officer of LOCOG. We learnt more about the preparation of the Olympics Games thanks to Mr Deighton, who leads the LOCOG team to deliver all operational plans according to the terms of the Host City Contract signed with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

About Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell is the CEO of WPP Group. Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools – advising Harvard, IESE, the London Business School and the Indian School of Business. He has been publicly recognised with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. He received a knighthood in January 2000.

Sir Martin contributes to many important organisations and charities.

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Previous guest speakers include:


  • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.
  • Lord Sebastian Coe KBE, Chairman, London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes, “World’s Greatest Living Explorer”
  • Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, former President of the French Republic
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur DBE, Sailor
  • Paul Deighton, Chief Executive Officer of LOCOG


Our sponsors

Gold Sponsor : Ernst et Young International SOS logo
 Silver sponsors:

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Perrier Jouet


CHAMPAGNE PERRIER-JOUËT, The Aestheticism of Pleasure


The boutique House of Champagne Perrier-Jouët has been world-renowned for its elegant hand-crafted champagnes since its foundation in 1811.

The iconic Art Nouveau ‘Anemone’ bottle of the brand’s prestige Cuvée Belle Epoque embodies the House style, which is shaped by the purity, mineral-character and refinement of the region’s finest Grand Cru chardonnay grapes from the Côtes des Blancs.

Perrier-Jouët’s longstanding popularity in the UK began in earnest in 1847, when the House pioneered the ‘Brut’ style of champagne specifically to meet the tastes of the British palate.

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This vast peninsula to the north of Bordeaux produces the world’s most prestigious red wines.
“Médoc” means “the middle territory”. Indeed, it lies on the 45th parallel, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west from which it is protected by a huge forest and the Gironde Estuary on the east.
This situation gives it an ideally temperate climate.

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LES VINS DE GRAVES: AOC Graves & Graves Supérieures

The Graves region is the cradle of Bordeaux white and red wines
The Graves wine district starts at the “Jalle de Blanquefort” and ends just after Langon.

 The river forms the Easter border of the vineyards while to the west the pine forest of the Landes serves as boundary and protection alike. But the majority of A.O.C. GRAVES wines come from the area extending from La Brède to Langon, encircling the Barsac and the Sauternes appellation area.

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Rigorously selected and controlled by the I.N.A.O, the current production is of the order of 75000 hls with more than 1700 hectares of production or some 10 million bottles (80% Red and 20% dry White). Of this about 20% is exported.


The new A.O.C Pessac-Léognan was born in September 1987 in the very old region of the Graves de Bordeaux, formerly the Banlieue Prévôtale (Provostal Suburb).
Cradle of the Bordeaux vineyards, the A.O.C Pessac-Léognan includes 74 Châteaux and Domains split between 10 communes. All located on this exceptional soil, 16 of them, of which the famous Château Haut-Brion, are Classified Vintages of the Graves.


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Cancellations will only be accepted if received in writing before 01st October 2012. All fees are forfeited thereafter.






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