Last night, I attended a women’s networking dinner at The Hoxton Apprentice in London. Our host, the lovely Val, was fabulous as usual.
What a fantastic bunch of ladies! What a delicious meal! What a great place! Val calls The Hoxton Apprentice the restaurant with a heart. It is certainly that!
The restaurant gives its diners great food while at the same time helping unemployed people to improve their lives.
So although my choice of Linguini and Panna Cotta was not exactly diet food it was actually a guilt free lunch as I knew my money was going to a good cause, (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).
In The Hoxton’s own words, “It provides training and work experience for people who, for one reason or another, have found life tough. Few of them have ever worked successfully, most have left school without qualifications, some have experienced homelessness, some have experienced problems with the law; some have recently left the armed forces. All have been trapped in long-term unemployment.”
The meal was delicious and the conversation was fab but the real reason we were there was to “network” about our businesses!
We British have an aversion to actually asking for help, especially where our businesses are concerned, so I think that Val’s theme for the evening, “who can help me improve my business”, was to show us that if you ask you will usually receive! And we did receive, in abundance, the excitement around the table was electric.
At the end of the evening, I am so glad that everyone had a tiny little bit of space in their tummies to taste my White Chocolate Fudge, it met with enthusiastic approval, (thank goodness).
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill