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17 March @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm GMT
E2E Female 100 Launch Reception at the House of Commons in association with The Independent
Friday, 17 March 2023
We are delighted to host with Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL a dinner at the House of Commons, to celebrate the launch of E2E Female 100 in association with The Independent, on Friday 17th March.
E2E Female 100 is the first of a series of six E2E 100 tracks to be launched in 2023 in recognition of International Women’s Day also taking place in March. We are looking forward to celebrating this year’s 100 trail-blazing women, their innovation, leadership and inspiration.
Our esteemed speakers at this dinner include Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, Crossbench Peer within the House of Lords and the Chairman and Founder of Cobra Beer and Fatima Koning, Group Chief Commercial Officer at IWG plc. You will also be in the company of the amazing women in the E2E Female 100 – some of them will be sharing their own growth and success stories in our panel session, chaired by The Independent.
E2E 100 is a significant initiative designed to showcase the very best British companies that are excelling, experiencing consistent growth and presenting disruptive business strategies creating an impact not just in their own sector, but also on a nationwide – and in some cases a global – scale.
E2E Female 100 recognises the fastest growing female-led companies in the UK. This track will be announced by our media partner, The Independent, in their newspaper and on their website on 17th March 2023. The Independent is the UK’s largest quality, digital news brand with over 22.3m monthly unique users, who are actively interested in business and finance.
A huge thank you to our partners IWG Plc, CISCO, Experian, Go Live Data, Virtuoso Legal and Adia PR.
Seating is strictly limited to this event and we are giving priority to women on the E2E Female 100 track. Thereafter, places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis to E2E Ambassadors (Premium Members) and those who have been sent a private invitation, so please apply to join us before 23rd February. We will confirm as soon as possible thereafter. The invitation will not be transferable and entry will be strictly monitored.
Date: 17th March 2023
Time: 7pm – 10pm (guests will be escorted to exit at this time)
Dress Code: Cocktail/lounge suit
Entry: Cromwell Green visitors’ entrance. Invitation must be shown
RSVP: by 23rd February 2023
Please RSVP by clicking this Link by no later than Thursday 23rd February.
Entrance will only be permitted upon receipt of a confirmation from us.
About E2E and E2E 100
Founded in 2011, by Shalini Khemka CBE, E2E is an exciting and thriving powerhouse of ground-breaking entrepreneurs, investors, non-execs and SME focussed corporate organisations. Its entrepreneurial ecosystem provides access to finance, non-execs and high-quality corporate services. E2E’s current community consists of 24,000 SMEs who contribute £230bn in turnover to the UK economy and employ 1.15 million people.
E2E 100 shines a spotlight on innovators and changemakers across the UK, highlighting their ideas and their drive for positive change but also provides us an opportunity to get under the skin of today’s business challenges. The recent pandemic and cost of living crisis have generated start-ups at record levels. However, the UK’s world ranking for scale-up entrepreneurship has dropped to 14th. The E2E 100 is designed to correct that imbalance, provide recognition and a platform where the UK’s innovators and business generators will flourish.
Six E2E 100 tracks will be revealed this year, focusing on distinct, but equally important aspects of UK business, celebrating the companies and individuals making the biggest impacts in each category. Each track will chart the top 100 UK businesses within the category, celebrating the visionary leaders behind each one of these success stories, and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs in the process. The E2E Female 100 will be the first to launch in March and will be celebrated at the House of Commons.
This will be followed by:
E2E Tech 100 in April 2023 – at the House of Lords
E2E International 100 in May 2023 – at the House of Commons
E2E Job Creation 100 in July 2023 – at the House of Lords
E2E Dynamic 100 in September 2023 – at the House of Lords
E2E Profit 100 in October 2023 – at the House of Lords
The tracks are compiled by Go Live Data and Experian according to specific criteria and official data.
Meet your guest speaker
Meet your Hosts
Shalini Khemka CBE
Shalini founded E2E (www.e2exchange.com) in 2011, where is the Chief Executive and serves on its Board.
E2E has developed into an exciting and ground-breaking powerhouse of entrepreneurs, investors, non-execs, and SME focussed corporate organisations.
Its mission is to develop the largest and most active entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK to enable extraordinary entrepreneurship.
E2E’s current community consists of 24K SMEs who contribute £230bn in turnover to the UK economy and employ 1.15 million people.
E2E has built one platform focused on making extraordinary connections for Founders, raising capital for high growth businesses, securing talent and world class NEDs. As a part of this E2E champions entrepreneurship through access to human capital, corporate services, investment capital and creates peer-to-peer communities.
Shalini is a member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and, alongside Baroness Kramer she is on the Supervisory Committee of Kriya (formerly Market Finance), one of the UK’s leading Fintech firms.
She is a Fellow of Burton and South Derbyshire College and believes that turning knowledge into wisdom is the elixir of life.
As former Chair of the Business Action Council’s Job Retention Scheme Committee, Shalini led the recommendation of policy changes to No.10 Downing Street and the Government. Her work during COVID-19 played a major role in the introduction of the UK Bounce Back Loans scheme, the introduction of Flexi-Furlough and Short Time Working Directive introduced in 2020.
In March 2021, both Shalini and E2E were commended at the House of Lords for their work on the Capital Gains Tax deliberations.
In March 2022 Shalini became the Chairman deisngate of Funding Focus Investment Trust PLC, which is a new investment fund, currently in the process of being listed on the London Stock Exchange to provide equity financing for women and under-represented entrepreneurs.
From April 2022 Shalini became a Member of The Advisory Board for Globant’s Bekind Tech Fund. A venture fund that helps global start-ups in developing products focused on creating tech for social good.
Prior to establishing E2E, Shalini was an Investment Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyd’s Banking Group and historically, she ran the Group’s ‘plain vanilla’ International Trade Finance business.
In 1999, Shalini co-founded the world’s first online ‘bank to bank’ trade finance company. She was a Management Accountant at Deutsche Bank and worked in various finance related roles for Bankers Trust, NatWest Bank and Coopers & Lybrand.
In 2022, Shalini was awarded a The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to entrepreneurship.
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 128 Gold and Grand Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world.
Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University from 2015-2020 and subsequently appointed as an Honorary Ambassador. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council
Richard is the CEO of IWG UK. He joined in 2014 following his role as CEO of G4S’s UK & Ireland Division. IWG UK is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions offering a fast growing global network of 3,000 locations in 120 countries. Since joining, Richard has consistently delivered year on year growth for Regus’ UK division.
Fatima Koning, Chief Commercial Officer, IWG Plc
Chief Commercial Officer, Fatima Koning has been with IWG for seven years, leading the commercial function for the world’s largest workspace operator with 3,500 buildings in 120 markets. She is at the forefront of supporting organisations of all sizes as they radically shift the way in which they work. Earlier this year, Fatima oversaw IWG’s largest ever deal with NTT, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation providing their 300,000 employees across its portfolio of companies and global network with access to IWG’s workspaces worldwide. The deal comes closely on the heels of IWG’s partnership with financial services organisation, Standard Chartered supporting their 95,000 employees globally as well as agreements with multiple large enterprises. Fatima and her team are supporting workers from all industries with every type of hybrid work solution. Fatima is passionate about the benefits of hybrid working for both companies and employees and has seen first-hand the many virtues it brings to work-life balance, productivity and even the environment. She has built a diverse team across multiple markets and geographies. Prior to joining IWG, Fatima founded her own strategic consultancy.