Talking Business - Diners to Debate Mayflower 400

Mayflower 400 is the latest hot topic to be discussed at Plymouth’s leading business dining event, Talking Business @ PL1.

Run by City College Plymouth in partnership with The Herald, ‘Mayflower 400: 2020 Vision or Short-sighted Ambition’, will look at the City’s preparations for commemorating the Mayflower voyage from Plymouth to America in 1620. The event will consider whether the activities are focused solely on the celebrations in 2020, or whether they are part of a much greater strategic plan to increase visitor numbers to Plymouth and the surrounding area making it a truly global destination.

Leading the debate will be  guest speakers Charles Hackett, Chief Executive of Mayflower 400; Richard Smith, Commercial Director at Mount Kelly School and representatives from the Making a Difference for Mayflower 400 Steering Group.

Plans leading up to the anniversary include improving the City’s transport infrastructure and developing a cruise terminal, investing in the hospitality industry and the opening the 1620 Hotel, refurbishment of buildings on the Barbican particularly in the vicinity of the Mayflower Steps and the launch of an interactive history trail around the City. Every living US president has been invited to the celebrations, including Donald Trump.

“Mayflower 400 is the City’s most significant anniversary,” said Pauline Hands, Director of Marketing, Corporate Relations and Enterprise at the College. “Plymouth will lead an international commemoration of the relationship between the UK, the United States of America and Holland. The voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers had a huge impact on the world and we are at the heart of it.

“Although we are still more than three years away from the celebrations, much of the Mayflower 400 preparations are already underway. I’m sure this will be a really lively exchange, with lots of different views.

“Our dining events are an invaluable opportunity for networking and we always have an interesting mix of businesses represented. If you haven’t been before, please do come and join us.”

Hosted by the BBC’s David Fitzgerald, Talking Business @ PL1 is taking place on Thursday 30 March, 5.45pm to 9.00pm, at City College’s
PL1 Restaurant. The evening of questions and good food costs £17.50 per person, including a two-course meal with wine. Book and pay online at onlinestore.cityplym.ac.uk.