I did a double take when I received two invitations from The House of Lords. Not only were they the same venue, but both of the events would be held at the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace.
“Hang on a minute,” I said to my dad on the phone as I couldn’t contain my excitement. “They are both on the same day and OMG, they’re back to back.”
I checked the dates and times and sure enough, I would only need to make one trip to London for two highly prestigious events.
I was selected as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs by f:Entrepreneur and the invite was to celebrate those who made it to the #ialso List. We all attended the afternoon tea at The House of Lords hosted by Lord Young of Graffham.
Lord Young is a British Conservative politician and businessman who fosters enterprise, ambition and entrepreneurship in young minds.
Michelle Ovens, the CEO of f:Entrepreneur and director of Small Business Saturday organised the event, which was designed to highlight, celebrate and promote incredible female entrepreneurs.
The Asian Curry Awards was the second invitation and from CEO Yawar Khan.
Lord Sheikh, a British politician who was formerly an insurance broker and underwriter sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords,. He was the honoured guest along with High Commissioners Manisha Gunasekera (Sri Lanka) and Saida Muna Tasneem (Bangladesh), who I recently had the pleasure of personally meeting in her office.
BBC newsreader and television presenter Samantha Simmonds hosted the event. Speeches by the likes of Graham Corfield, the managing director of Just Eat had our full concentration and the delightful three course meal was followed by a small red box with the symbolic logo of the Gate of Thrones, contained two very cute truffles.
The sight of London from the Terrace felt like another world.
The day came and went like a flash, although the staff must have been sick of the sight of me. I doubt I will ever have such an opportunity of spending a day at The House of Lords again, so when one of the porters suggested staying the night and they’d ensure breakfast was arranged seeing as I’d been there the whole day, it didn’t seem like a bad suggestion!