The ss Great Britain Trust has today announced that innovative engineering company and long-standing supporter Renishaw, is the very first Being Brunel Corporate Founder.
The news comes as the Trust launches the Being Brunel Corporate Club: an exclusive opportunity for companies who are keen to play a major role in creating the ambitious new public museum and visitor experience Being Brunel, which will open early 2018.
Companies can join as a Supporter, Partner, or Founder Member, with opportunities starting from £2,500. All levels offer exclusive benefits and every member will receive recognition in the new museum, which will overlook Bristol Floating Harbour at the starboard side of the ss Great Britain in Bristol.
Chris Pockett Head of Communications, Renishaw, said:
“More than 150 years after his death we still marvel at Brunel’s achievements which continue to inspire new generations of engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs. As an engineering technologies company with our roots in Bristol, we had no hesitation in becoming a founding partner of the Being Brunel project.”
Louisa Pharoah Head of Development, ss Great Britain Trust said:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Renishaw as our first Corporate Founder. The generous support that they have shown the Trust since 1998 has been invaluable and now they’re on board with one of the biggest and most exciting projects we have undertaken since the salvage of the ss Great Britain.
“We’ve also recruited our first Corporate Supporter, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited, and we look forward to welcoming lots of other companies to join us on this journey.”
The total cost to deliver the Being Brunel project is £7m. The Trust has committed £350,000 towards this project and the Heritage Lottery Fund has indicated its support by awarding a Round 1 pass and 'in principle' agreement of £4.75m. In addition Clive and Sylvia Richards have pledged £500,000 and the Trust has raised £200,000 since launching the fundraising appeal for the project.
The ss Great Britain Trust is now actively fundraising to secure the remaining £1.2m required to realise this unique project.
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