Last night the Entrepreneurs Gala Dinner took place in the City 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 first speaker on the night 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 the 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 Falklands 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, one month into his tour with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Afghanistan, Simon was just 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. 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 humbling.
Simon’s ability to overcome life-changing adversity is inspiring and for the room his words resonated – his will to embrace and embark on a life he did not choose.
Many guests were dressed in the very finest 1920’s style and the room was abuzz with a exciting ambience.
By bringing Entrepreneurs and Businesses together, new ideas in hospitality can thrive and value can be found on all sides. With the speakers providing a brilliant insight on how to develop a strong character in business and life, it was a night to remember for all.
With special thanks to One Moorgate Place for their magnificent surroundings, delicious food and warm hospitality
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