Sponsors and Supporters

The Organisers of the 2010 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett are grateful to the following Sponsors of the event (in random order):
  J Bennett and Son (Insurance Brokers) are delighted to be a sponsor of the 2010 event as the Gordon Bennett race and our business have much in common. Both established in the early 1900's and have continued, reliably, dependably and without fuss ever since. We continue to provide a first class personal service for all types of insurance, but have embraced technology to remain efficient and competitive. Like the pilots, our directors have many years experience, and are always trying to go the extra mile!
We've had a long association with ballooning through our own branded balloon and the balloon insurance scheme underwritten by co sponsors MSF Pritchard Syndicate 318 at Lloyds.
You won't get a load of hot air from us, but just good old fashioned down to earth expertise and advice. We send our best wishes to all competitors
  Destination Bristol Promoting Bristol on the world stage, Destination Bristol provides all the information a savvy tourist to the City could dream of. From what’s on, to the best places to stay, this site holds it all — a must visit website for any visitor!
  Bristol City Council Bristol is delighted to have been chosen to stage the Gordon Bennett Balloon Race - the world's oldest aeronautical challenge. This is the first time in its long and prestigious history the event has been staged in the UK, thanks to David Hempleman-Adams, who became the first Brit to win the event in 2008. Hempleman-Adams is Gloucestershire-based and Bristol can boast another local connection in that of Charles Rolls (of Rolls Royce fame) who took part in the first staging of the event in 1906. Bristol City Council is ready to welcome visitors from around the world to our great city. Read More
  CMC Markets was established in 1989 when entrepreneur Peter Cruddas famously started the company with a £10,000 investment. They now provide online trading access to the world’s financial markets on a global scale.
  Cameron Balloons For nearly 40years, Cameron Balloons Ltd has stood for aeronautical quality. Cameron Balloons is the largest hot-air balloon manufacturer in the world and it was Cameron Balloons that achieved the first — and only — manned balloon flights, non-stop around the world.
Based in Bristol, Cameron Balloons is proud to sponsor the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race in 2010, both Don Cameron and Hannah Cameron are instrumental in the event organisation.
  Redwood Lodge Redwood Hotel & Country Club combines extensive meeting, event and leisure facilities with a unique location and all the modern comforts required by today’s traveller. Located on the edge of Bristol’s busy city centre, the hotel creates the ideal setting for the business traveller or a leisurely stay over.
  Mumm Today Champagne Mumm is present in over 100 countries. 40% of its production is sold in France, and 60% in export markets. With nearly eight million bottles sold worldwide each year, G.H Mumm today ranks as the third-largest champagne producer in the world.
  Slipstream Events are suppliers and operators of high quality sound & music systems, communications networks and creative commentary production services for major UK and international events.
We are delighted to have been chosen to provide our services and systems in support of this most prestigious event in the ballooning world
  Edith Wilmot Florist is the longest running flower shop in Bristol having been Established 1895; one of the first jobs was to decorate a Tram for Queen Victoria's visit!
  Oakham Treasures is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in the UK. It has already become a major award winning attraction, and guarantees to give you an amazing and uplifting trip down memory lane. Whether you are 8 or 80, you'll be fascinated by this vast and unique collection of memorabilia from the last century. There really is something for everybody, from the thousands of items in the historic stores, to the impressive display of vintage tractors and farm equipment. Oakham Treasures is delighted to be associated with this event and to be a part of history in the making.
  Bailey Balloons is very proud to be involved in the 54th Gordon Bennett race in Bristol. Clive Bailey has been part of David Hempleman-Adams' control centre team for the past three Gordon Bennett races, including the winning 2008 flight, and has helped David in many of his other amazing achievements such as his solo balloon flight to the North Pole and across the Atlantic in a tiny balloon. Clive and Jo Bailey have run Bailey Balloons for over 15 years flying many passengers in Bristol, Bath and South Wales as well as flying sponsored balloons in the UK and abroad. Clive is the Event Director at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, for the Western Region Balloon Club and Director for the Gordon Bennett Organising Committee.
  Richmond Event Management is an independent, award winning specialist in the creation, production and management of memorable outdoor and indoor events.
  Breitling have generously donated two watches, which will be awarded to the winner of the race.
  Bristol Blue Glass Britol Blue Glass is a hand-made glass blowing factory in Bristol. All sorts of beautiful items are produced by skilled craftsmen, using age-old techniques unchanged for over three thousand years. Bri∫tol Blue Glass is producing the momentos for all the teams involved in the 2010 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, as well as trophies for the top three winning teams.
  Feeding Your Imagination is headed up by award winning, celebrity Master Chef Paul Da-Costa-Greaves who combines a tasteful mix of organic chocolate and ayurvedic herbs to boost and rejuvenate from within.
  The Met Office is pleased to support this year’s Gordon Bennett race. It is providing the race organisers with access to its aviation weather service, "ClearFlight", and producing trajectory guidance to help route the competitors through UK airspace in the early stages of the race. More Info
  Kingsdown Publishers are based in the heart of Bristol but we can look after all your design, print, mailing, fulfilment/ distribution requirements wherever you may be. Kingsdown are publishing the official souvenir brochure for the event
  NFU Mutual , the large rural insurer, are delighted to sponsor the Gordon Bennett 2010. We have been working with BBAC for a number of years now and are pleased, during our centenary year, to be supporting this prestigious balloon event
  BOC is now proud to be part of the Linde Group and is the largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment in the United Kingdom.
  Harvey Nichols in Bristol is located at the Quakers Friars part of the new Cabots Circus development, and confirms the city as the fashion capital of the West Country. There are a total of three floors of fashion and beauty collections, as well as a Restaurant, Bar and Foodmarket on the Second Floor.
  Fédération Aéronautique Internationale The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world's air sports federation, was founded in 1905.It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organisation with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide. Ever growing, FAI is now an organisation of some 100 member countries. Download "About FAI", a six-page long introduction to the FAI available both in English and French languages.
  National Air Traffic Services , the commercial business of the NATS group, works with airports, air navigation service providers and other customers from around the world to address their toughest challenges. We first gain a thorough understanding of your environment and then design, implement and manage solutions that are safe, efficient and economic. We have over 40 years' operational experience and a world-class safety record. We are perhaps best known for delivering market leading levels of air traffic capacity at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
  Virgin Atlantic is the UK's second largest long-haul airline. The GB2010 committee is grateful to Virgin Atlantic for the services of Kevin Stass, our Air Traffic Coordinator
  AFE Oxford have Europe's widest range of pilot supplies and aircraft accessories. They can supply almost everything for the pilot, from a pencil, to a complete instrument panel and avionics fit, and can ship worldwide.

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  British Balloon and Airship Club Founded in 1965, the BBAC is a volunteer-based organisation which exists to promote the safety, enjoyment and advancement of lighter-than-air flight in all its forms - hot-air ballooning, gas ballooning and airships. The Club is very active in looking after the interests of its members by representing them in discussions with official organisations including the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the international air sports governing bodies such as the FAI and CIA. Through its team of approved instructors and examiners the BBAC oversees the training of pilots, as well as offering a Crew Training Scheme with recognised qualifications. By promoting competitive ballooning, nationally and internationally, the Club has nurtured many championship-level pilots and its Pilot Achievement Scheme has encouraged many more to extend their flying skills.
  Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery Boasting an outstanding collection of art, archaeology and natural history artefacts housed in a magnificent Edwardian baroque building, the museum is host to an ever-changing schedule of events and exhibitions including the recent world renowned Banksy exhibition.