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September
04
Monday
6:45pm
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Dine with Karen Lynch, CEO of Belu Water: Turning round a loss making business

at Busaba, Shoreditch (map)

Who's coming

  • Mica

    CEO, Every Well Water Foundation

  • Karen

    CEO, Belu Water

  • Marco

    Founder, Strillobyte

  • Vincent

    Co-founder, Unocodrinks

  • Sajni

    Hostess Extraordinaire, TableCrowd

  • Benedict

    Co-Founder, Inspiring Interns

  • Mateja

    Corporate and Major Donor Fundraiser, RAFT

  • Kaushal

    CEO, Paper Plus Europe

  • Lucy

    founder, ViewVo

  • Sam

    CEO, A Little Change

  • Penny

    Lawyer

  • Hannah

    Business Development Manager, ForrestBrown Limited

  • Steve

    --, Hiring Hub

Venue

Busaba

36 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6HT
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Enjoy dinner, drinks and a chance to meet…
Karen Lynch is CEO of Belu, an innovative social enterprise and the UK’s most ethical water brand. Karen joined Belu back in 2009 and pivoted the business away from targeting the supermarkets and their low margins, to instead focus on supplying the more lucrative hotels, restaurants and office sectors. When she took over, the company was £1.6M in debt, and now has annual revenues of over £6M. Belu operates to the highest environmental and ethical standards and donates 100% of its profits to WaterAid; over £2M to date. Karen will be talking about this all important pivot and the business success this lead Belu to have.

This dinner is perfect for…
Business owners, CEO’s, management level and those interested and working in social enterprise.
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at hello@tablecrowd.com to discuss whether this is the right dinner for you. Also feel free to check out our other dinners as another might match you perfectly!

The dinner conversation will be…
Belu has been recognised with many awards including SMARTA, Social Enterprise UK, National Business Awards, Lloyds TSB People, Environment and Achievement Awards, CoolBrands and The Business Charity Awards, so Karen, as Belu CEO is therefore perfectly placed to speak about:
✓ Why business pivots are not a sign of weakness, but strength.
✓ How she turned around a loss making business.
✓ Scaling operations whilst pivoting the business model.
✓ How to achieve social and environmental gains whilst remaining financially sustainable.
Expect to leave with ideas for your own business as well as the opportunity to speak to Karen and others facing similar industry challenges and opportunities as you informally over dinner.

Who is Karen Lynch?
Karen Lynch is the CEO of Belu, an innovative social enterprise and the UK’s most ethical water brand. Karen joined Belu back in 2009 as their Marketing Director, but when Karen realised that Belu needed a major business pivot, she developed a business plan that outlined her new vision and eight months later, was promoted to chief executive. The rest is history, and Belu now operates to the highest environmental and ethical standards and donates 100% of its profits to WaterAid, but runs a sustainable business.

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

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P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

Karen Lynch is the CEO of Belu, an innovative social enterprise and the UK’s most ethical water brand. Karen joined Belu back in 2009 as their Marketing Director, but when Karen realised that Belu needed a major business pivot, she developed a business plan that outlined her new vision and eight months later, was promoted to chief executive.

The rest is history, and Belu now operates to the highest environmental and ethical standards and donates 100% of its profits to WaterAid, but runs a sustainable business.

Karen is a champion of flexible and part time working, being included on the first Timewise Top50 part timers list, is an honouree of Women Inspiration Enterprise and award the Lloyds Bank ‘PEAS’ Overall Environmental Champion.

Prior to Belu and finding her social enterprise calling, Karen worked in the corporate sector in senior roles for Emap magazines, Audi and Barclays.

For any dietary requirements, worry not, we have it covered, as long as we know in advance. If you are vegetarian, vegan, dairy free or gluten intolerant let us know by filling out the dietary requirements section in the your preferences section of your profile on the TableCrowd website.

Sajni, one of the TableCrowd hosting team will be on hand to make sure you are welcomed through the door and introduced to the most relevant people to you.

Sajni has transitioned from cocktail waitress to investment banker and is now a tech startup geek. By day she consults to startups from Auden (fintech) to Accomable (traveltech) and in the evening she loves to host TableCrowd, bringing people together to share and learn.

For any advance questions about this dinner, it is best to reach us at hello@tablecrowd.com.

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