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11th June 2018

A ballooning relationship: Fiesta formalises Thrings as official legal partner

With its 40th anniversary on the horizon, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (BIBF) has formalised its long-standing relationship with Thrings by making it the event’s official legal partner.

The fiesta is Europe’s largest annual gathering of hot air balloons, attracting more than half a million visitors to the city over four days. Upwards of 100 balloons as well as live entertainment, aerobatic displays, fairground rides, food, drink and children’s entertainment will fill Ashton Court Estate again between 9 and 12 August 2018.

As part of the new agreement, Thrings will continue to provide strategic and legal advice to the world famous event during the year-round planning process. This will include assistance from the firm’s specialist company and commercial, intellectual property, planning, property, environmental, licensing, litigation and employment teams.

Along with Business West and official fiesta partner for 2018, Bristol Energy, Thrings will be hosting the BIBF’s annual business breakfast for the fifth year running – bringing together members of the local business community to discuss a hot topic affecting the city.

Chaired by TV and radio broadcaster Steve Le Fevre for a second time, this year’s early risers will meet at 6am to hear local experts talk about the pros and cons of technological advances in artificial intelligence for Bristol’s businesses and communities.

Robert Barnes, commercial property partner at Thrings and BIBF committee member, said: “The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a world class event which has become synonymous with Bristol’s identity and has played a huge part in putting the city on the map. It attracts 500,000 visitors and injects as much as £15million into the local economy every year.

“With Thrings lawyers closely involved for two decades, the firm has become an enthusiastic supporter of the fiesta, which offers a treasured cultural experience to residents and visitors alike. To put on an event of this quality and scale on a not-for-profit basis is a major endeavour and it is a privilege to continue to contribute on a pro-bono basis to help ensure the festival remains accessible to all.”

Ben Hardy, event operations director for Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, added: “Thrings has been invaluable at providing legal advice and support to ensure a range of compliance and legal matters are dealt with during the planning and execution of the fiesta. The team is also actively involved on the committee, lending expertise and enthusiasm for the future of the event.”

The ballooning event’s connection with the business and legal world dates back to its roots, with the Bristol Junior Chamber being the first organisation to run the fiesta for a ten-year period.

Click here to read about last year’s business breakfast. For more information on Thrings’ involvement with the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, please contact Robert Barnes.

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