SMMT Events

SMMT Annual Dinner

Tuesday 28 November
Grosvenor House Hotel, London

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Annual Dinner is one of the most exclusive events in the automotive calendar, attended by over 1,000 guests from industry, government and the media.

This year’s Dinner will take place on 28 November 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, and will be hosted by our President, Tony Walker, Deputy MD, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, and MD, Toyota Motor Europe, London.

Celebrity guest speaker

We are delighted to announce that comedian and actor, Bill Bailey, will be the celebrity guest speaker for this year’s Annual Dinner. Well known for his role as a former team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Bill’s other TV credits include Monster Night, Is It Bill Bailey?, The Stand Up Show and Space Cadets, as well as numerous spots on Have I Got News For You. He is a frequent guest contributor on QI and various radio panel shows, and presented the nature programme Wild Thing I Love You.

Aside from his talent as an entertainer, for which he received a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up, Bill Bailey has also made his mark as an actor. He starred in the sitcoms Black Books and Spaced, and in the feature films Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Burke and Hare and Hot Fuzz.


19:00       Drinks Reception on the Great Room Balcony

19:45       Guests seated in the Great Room for the 101st Annual Dinner

Welcome by SMMT President

20:30       Dinner

22:00       After dinner speeches

22:45       Networking and drinks

01:00       Carriages


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Take a look at the highlights from last year’s Dinner:


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