E2E & IWG Special Evening Reception with Simon Woodroffe OBE, Founder of the YO! Company
September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
About the Event
This evening event is your opportunity to connect with Simon Woodroffe OBE, Founder of £100m+ franchise YO! Sushi who went from rags to riches as well as the who’s who of entrepreneurship in the city; exploring current challenges, experiences, and ideas over a glass of wine in a unique setting.
Simon, former ‘Dragon’ on the first UK series of Dragons’ Den is ‘no ordinary’ businessman, celebrated as not only the Founder of UK leading Japanese restaurant chain with over 100 YO! Sushi restaurants but now the Founder of YOTELS, the international hotel brand inspired by hotels in Japan.
There are now over 1,000 ‘YOTELS’ in three countries with a further 4,000 planned.
As a valued E2E guest, you will have the opportunity to meet and hear from our co-hosts:
Richard Morris, CEO of IWG UK, the world’s largest serviced office supplier.
Shalini Khemka, E2E’s Founder and CEO, Deal Maker for the UK Government’s Department of International Trade and a Member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board.
Book now! Limited spaces available.
Meet your Guest Speaker
Simon Woodroffe OBE
Founder – YO!
Simon Woodroffe OBE is the creator of YO! Sushi, the conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain which opened in 1997 and now has over 100 sites around the world.
With £30m investment, Woodroffe then launched ‘YOTEL’, the first class cabin-style hotel capsules offering them initially in Gatwick and then in Heathrow. There are now over 1,000 ‘YOTELS’ in three countries with a further 4,000 planned. Locations include: New York City, Singapore, San Francisco and Istanbul.
Not content with resting after all that, Simon is now working on YO! Home, his re-invention of the city apartment and more YO! projects.
Charismatic and full of business wisdom, Simon will invigorate and energise us by sharing his personal tales of entrepreneurialism and success.
Meet your Hosts
CEO – IWG UK
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.
Founder & CEO – E2E, Member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, Deal Maker – UK Government
Shalini founded E2E in 2011. Her mission was to develop the largest and most active entrepreneurial community in the UK to enable extraordinary connections for entrepreneurs.
Under Shalini’s guidance E2E has become a trusted entrepreneurial community which has one objective: to unlock the full potential of ambitious entrepreneurial businesses by enabling extraordinary connections. It has developed into an exciting and thriving powerhouse of international entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurial non-execs, coupled with access to globally leading corporate services. E2E’s ecosystem has ambition and innovation at its core.
Shalini is also a Deal Maker for the UK Government, a Member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, a Non-Executive Director of UK Export Finance (UKEF), a Fellow of Burton & South Derbyshire College and a Judge for The Great British Entrepreneurial Awards. Before establishing E2E, Shalini co-founded the world’s first bank to bank trade finance platform. She was an Investment Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyd’s Banking Group and held finance related roles at Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust, Natwest Bank and Coopers & Lybrand.