EP held its first Entrepreneurs Gala Dinner in the City at One Moorgate Place on 3rd October, in an evening to celebrate the importance of original ideas and thinking within hospitality
With a Roaring 1920s theme, the night included dancers, magicians, distinctive wines provided by The Sporting Wine Club, live band and inspirational speeches.
The night’s first speaker was Simon Halliday, who has enjoyed a distinguished career in both rugby and city finance. The back-to- back Grand Slam winner and World Cup finalist is Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby. He founded The Sporting Wine Club with Chris Mariner – a wine club with a difference; an exclusive sporting dynamic. Simon spoke of his time playing for Bath, Harlequins and England and how a serious injury early in his career nearly changed everything. He was inspired during his recovery process by the attitude to the challenges faced by Falkland’s war veterans and is now Chairman of the Help for Heroes Friendly Forces Committee.
Simon Harmer was the second speaker and shared his powerful story. In 2009, just one month into his Afghanistan tour with the Royal Army Medical Corps, Simon was 200 metres outside of the patrol base, when he stepped on an IED. Simon lost his right leg below the knee and his left leg, deemed irretrievable, was amputated above the knee shortly afterwards. Just two months after his injury, Simon was up and walking. The manner in which he has approached these life-changing injuries is exemplary – and his story with everyone – his will to adapt to and embrace and embark on a life he did not choose.
Many guests were dressed in the finest 1920s style and the room was abuzz with an exciting ambience; the magnificent surroundings, delicious food and warm hospitality of One Moorgate Place were ideal for the occasion.
EP has had immense enjoyment this year working with entrepreneurs who have all brought real energy and dynamism to the market. The EP Entrepreneurs Club now has over 120 humbling. His ability to overcome life-changing adversity proved to be truly inspiring and for the room, his words resonated within the network and continues to grow at an exciting pace.
EP will long continue showcasing the exceptional talent and help to showcase their new ideas which are often thought provoking and always inspirational.
By bringing entrepreneurs and businesses together, new ideas in hospitality can thrive and value can be found on all sides. With the speakers providing brilliant insight into how to develop a strong character in business and life, it was a night to remember for all.