On Monday 23rd March the Spanish Chamber organised the traditional Annual Patrons’ Dinner. The event was held at the Spanish Embassy and H.E. the Ambassador of Spain Mr. Federico Trillo-Figueroa was our exceptional host for the evening. With this annual dinner the Spanish Chamber acknowledges the support of its Patrons and for such an occasion guests could taste a selection of wines and cava kindly offered by Codorníu.
To begin the evening, guests were welcomed with a selection of canapés that they could enjoy along with cava and wine during the pre-dinner reception. This was the perfect opportunity for guests to greet in a relaxed manner and catch up before dinner. After the reception, Patrons moved to the dining area to take their seats. Our guests enjoyed a three-course dinner which consisted of roasted vegetables escalivada, dover sole with scallops and wild rice, and chocolate mousse with almond crunch.
After the main course, the President of the Spanish Chamber, Mr. Javier Fernández Hidalgo, opened the proceedings and welcomed everyone on behalf of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and thanked the Ambassador of Spain for kindly hosting this event at his residence.He then welcomed the representative of Ernst & Young as new Patron of the Chamber and announced the date of another forthcoming Patrons’ event. The President ended his speech encouraging attendees to bring forward ideas and projects that the Chamber can work on.
He then gave the floor to H.E. Mr. Federico Trillo-Figueroa, who thanked attendees and highlighted the level of commitment Patrons’ show with the Spanish Chamber and how more and more Spanish companies are getting a relevant presence in the UK market thanks to key operations. This is the case of Banco Sabadell, which after the acquisition of TSB will become the second biggest Spanish bank in the UK. The Ambassador mentioned other recent examples of Spanish companies which have been trusted to undertake high-caliber government projects in the country, which can only be interpreted as a positive sign.
After the speeches, it was time for guests to enjoy the dessert and then to move on to the main reception room, where coffee and petit fours were being served. Attendees enjoyed the end of the event in a relaxed atmosphere and could exchange impressions with the Ambassador and President of the Chamber. This was the perfect closure for such a fantastic evening.
We would like to thank our Patrons for their attendance and we look forward to seeing them at the next Patrons’ Event. We are sincerely grateful to CODORNíU for kindly providing the wines and cava at this exclusive dinner.
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