Join The NextWomen Big Kitchen Dinner On December 1st
The NextWomen has scheduled the Big Kitchen Dinner on December 1, 2010 in cooperation with Prince's Trust and Astia.
In the Kitchen Dinner series, this is the bigger annual version of it, bringing a larger group of men and women together over prosecco and canapés, followed by a three-course seat-down meal, and inspirational keynotes from multi-award winner Lena Bjorck among others, as well as a raffle to win all sorts of prizes.
This year's event will take place on 1st December starting 7pm, at a location, which we tell you if you book your ticket (it's in West London, spacey and cool). Tickets are on sale and early bird discounts expire 9th November so be quick.
Join us on this great opportunity to network with fellow female founders, executives and investors, be inspired by keynotes and learn more about how to leverage The NextWomen to build or grow your business, from mentoring to investment and international expansion programmes in partnership with Astia & UKTI.
This year we'll be supporting The Prince's Trust and its Women Leadership Group, so you will also have a chance to meet with them and hear more about their outstanding work.
Lena Bjorck, Founder of Inn or Out, Ambassador of The Prince's Trust and Honorary Member of WLG, Board Member of Duni and Founder Patron of The Entrepreneur's Club
Lena Björck founded Inn or Out in 1995, alone in a foreign country with no computer or financial backing. She began cooking at home and delivering food via the London Underground, with family from Sweden sending over printed menus.
A key turning point was a £2500 loan from the Prince's Trust – enabling her to buy a computer and a van and the business has not looked back since. Inn or out have kept up very close ties with the Prince's Trust, catering for many fundraising events - including Party in the Park - sponsoring prizes and mentoring students. This has been a familiar pattern as the company has grown, with many early clients still firm friends and loyal customers.
With wheels on the road and a computer behind the scenes, Lena set about growing the business. Before long the business outgrew Lena's warehouse-style apartment and Inn or Out then spent seven years in the heart of the city, before moving operations to a much larger base in Bermondsey, from where they continue to cater for events as diverse as small, intimate dinners at home to Rolls-Royce at the Paris Air Show.
Lena’s Awards to date:
O2 Inspiration Award 2007 - Runner up, "London's Most Inspirational Entrepreneur"
Orange "Small is Beautiful" Award 2003 - Runner up, "Best Customer Satisfaction"
The Business Excellence 2001 Award - Winner Docklands Business Club
Business Woman of the Year 2001 - East London Business Award
Docklands Business Award 1999 - Finalist, "The Company of Tomorrow"
Woman into Business Award 1999 - Winner, Small Business Bureau
The Prince's Youth Business Trust Award - Finalist, "Best Customer Service"
Blue Ribbon Award 1998 - Runner up
For Sponsorship Enquiries or Questions Please Contact jo[at]thenextwomen.com
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