Membership criteria

Members have to be an entrepreneur, CEO or founder of a science and technology company with an innovative or proprietary technology which is manufacturable.

Distinctive features of the Society

Members have in common that they are either CEOs, founders or both. Knowing that they face the same pressures and responsibilities as other members helps to create a shared bond.

Their companies are engaged in the development and sale of technologies which are manufacturable, so there is an advanced manufacturing bias.

Membership is drawn from across the UK, rather than regionally.

Because members are drawn from a variety of technology backgrounds and sectors and from all regions of the UK they enjoy a wider range of interactions and insights not available in local networking or sector focused groups.

The Society is independent and not linked to one particular association or organisation.

Augusta Ada, Countess Lovelace (1815-1852) a British mathematician and writer who wrote the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer.

Heroes and Heroines

Managing a ManuTech, or ‘Hard Tech’ company is, as as the name implies, frequently ‘hard’. Frequently entrepreneurs have to battle heroically to secure a place for their technology just as Bessemer did.

As they battle to bring their technology to market, they can be made to feel like guinea pigs or lab rats going through a trial.

It is to help them battle through that a mutual society, which understands the challenges, and the ultimate opportunities they have to succeed, can provide peer-to-peer support.

 Meeting in a frank and open environment, members are able to share and learn together with people facing the same challenges and operating issues away from the internal pressures of operating their own company. It is this which makes the Bessemer Society unique.

Michael LeGoff, Founder and CEO of Plessey Semiconductors Ltd

Membership Fees

Annual Membership: £195

Payment on a calendar year basis – January 1st to Dec 31st

Discounts are available for members whose companies are at an early stage of development or if they join towards the end of the calendar year.

Joining

Please email or phone if you would like to find out more about joining.

Payment

Please transfer money online to the Bessemer Society’s bank account by BACS transfer:

Barclays Bank
Sort code: 20-60-38
Account number: 23051609

Please advise by email if you would like a receipt.