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WE STARTED THE EVENING WITH A PORN STAR!

OK, I admit it - the headline has drawn you in and now the realisation that there is a difference between the porn stars you may have in mind is difference to the start of our evening! Actually it's a little reminder of the evening attended, not just to tell you about it, but as a momento for me! I hope you still read on, find out a little about me and Diligence.

We arrived early in London so going to a local cocktail bar, we were invited to try a two-for-one 'Porn Star Martini'! Which we duly enjoyed in the name of Alison's birthday!

 

On arrival at the amazing RBS building, we were greeted by Farhan - who had been conversing with us over email with our invites - it was then registration and a smooth, swift journey up to The Atrium.

With a welcome from Oli and his offer for a few people to 'pitch' their business, I couldn't resist! It had quickly dawned on me that majority of those in the room had products to sell, so I introduced Diligence as a Service Provider in Project Management for the Construction & Infrastructure sector. 

Following the inspirational speeches from Nick James (Founder of the GBEA) and Gordon Merrylees (Head of Entrepreneurship for NatWest) we heard from Geoffrey Thomas and his trials and tribulations of being a serial tech entrepreneur.

The most striking thing to me about the evening was learning about myself. I hadn't really understood why, when not earning a great deal I have this drive and motivation. After all, isn't it meant to be that money dictates your success? Well, no, not for me. I would give away every pound to achieve my ambition to employ others and make a positive difference in their lives and invest in our communities. So what is my motivation then? Please see the image below on the left...

 

There were lots of interesting people in the room who it was an honour to meet. Not least for the diversity, creativity, inspiration and passion. From Internshipmapper - connecting international students with companies, to baby essentials from BabyMori, to RDN HD - a teenage tech entrepreneur and Isabella Queen - high end handbags. A shout to Equinox (business consulting), Mums Bake Cakes (check them out!) and Cranfield University who offer support to entrepreneurs. It really was a fantastic evening of listening.

I leave you with the following which sums up much of the journey to setting up your own business:

'Start now, Start where you are, Start with fear, Start with pain, Start with doubt, Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don't stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just...Start.' Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Thanks for reading, the only thing I ask is that when you are on your travels - do keep your eyes open and ears altert - this GBEA nominee is on the hunt for employing Project Managers and gaining more projects!

Oh and by the way, the Porn Star Martini was jolly nice!

 

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