To celebrate the achievements of Greenwich and Lewisham businesses, South East Enterprise hosted a reception at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich on the evening of Thursday 18 November as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, founded by Enterprise United Kingdom and the Kauffman Foundation, is an adaptation of Enterprise Week in the UK, and has been running since 2004. In 2008, it became part of a wider global movement to become what is now known as Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The event was attended by owner/managers from over 150 local businesses together with over 50 representatives from local banks, SEE's partner organisations, Greenwich Council and the South East London Chamber.
Cllr Denis Hyland Greenwich Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills opened the evening. Speakers included Mark Sesnan, Managing Director of Greenwich Leisure Limited. Based in Woolwich, GLL took over the operation of Greenwich's Council's leisure centres in 1993 as part of an innovation 'spin-out' and is a pioneering worker owned Charitable Social Enterprise.
Other speakers included Rob Shaw, Manging Director of Ephiphany Solutions Ltd., an internet company working with small and multi-national businesses; networking Guru John Popolini aka Steven Trister and SEE's Morton Patterson, who was the evening's Master of Ceremonies.