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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Event in Greenwich

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.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Work that fits around your life

Shirley Drummonds – through Spiders Web Solution balances a growing business around childcare
Shirley Drummonds a single mother with seven children founded Spiders Web Solutions in April 2010 to give herself the flexibility to balance her family commitments with using her skills and experience to develop a social enterprise consultancy business. Previously, she had worked on a voluntary basis with community groups supporting disabled and other minority groups.

Until January 2010 Shirley was Chair of Lewisham based Fun Fizzical providing active gym and dance sessions for 4-16 year old children from disadvantaged backgrounds. When she heard about the free support available from South East Enterprise to people wanting to work for themselves she realised that she could turn the many hours of voluntary time she was devoting to this into a viable business.

As Shirley says… “ I have a lot of experience to offer, but because of my family commitments a 9-5 salaried job was out of the question. To keep my skills up to date I involved myself in local community programmes as a volunteer. This made me realise that there was a gap in the market for somebody to start a professional management consultancy service to fill the skills shortages in many of these community groups.

I couldn’t believe it when I heard about the free support and advice that SEE provide people wanting to start businesses, I realised that I could that being my own boss would give me the  flexibility to balance work with my family life. SEE advisers gave me sound practical advice on setting up and running a business, marketing and accounting; this gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to start Spiders Web Solutions”

SEE, have been supporting residents of Greenwich to set up successful new enterprises as well as those wanting to grow existing businesses for over 20 years. The School Gates Enterprise programme is funded by Greenwich Council to give parents who want to work for themselves the support they need to start their own businesses. It is delivered through a mix of enterprise workshops and individual coaching at nominated schools in the borough. All participants receive a Certificate at a Graduation Ceremony to acknowledge their efforts and achievements.

SEE will support School Gates graduates throughout the trials and tribulations of starting-up their business and, through its other support programmes, continue to offer free advice and guidance in the critical first years of trading.

To find out more about School Gates Enterprise and SEE’s other range of business support see their website or send them an email

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with South East Enterprise

On the 18th November in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, South East Enterprise will be hosting an evening event at the Trafalgar Tavern. It will be an informative and entertaining evening with guest speakers.
  • Mark Sesnan help build Greenwich Leisure into a £60 million social enterprise. Be inspired and learn from his experience
  • Rob Shaw from Epiphany Solutions, an expert in Online Search Marketing will be demystifying the tools needed to market your business online, from Pay Per Click to Twitter, SEO to Facebook. Which tools should you use?
  • Guest appearance from Guru John Popolini, a satirical/parody character on the world of speakers and experts. Are you ready to laugh and learn at the same time?
We will also be showcasing some of the local businesses that we have worked with during the year and you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded business people while enjoying a buffet and light refreshments.
To receive your personal invitation to this networking event, please contact South East Enterprise on 020 8305 2222 or by email