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July 15th 2014: New City Guild of Entrepreneurs

The Court of Aldermen of the City of London has today recognised The Guild of Entrepreneurs as a City Guild. This important milestone is the first step towards the establishment of a Livery Company for Entrepreneurs. Guilds and Livery Companies were first formed as trade associations to uphold standards in the Middle Ages and the 110 current Livery Companies continue to flourish.

The Guild of Entrepreneurs is made up of men and women who have invested their own money and time in setting up and running successful businesses. It will:

  • promote excellence in the profession of Entrepreneurship
  • support the Lord Mayor, encourage the growth of the City and promote its full potential to Entrepreneurs and growth businesses
  • foster fellowship among entrepreneurs
  • give money and time for charitable works that support the development of Entrepreneurs and help to bring the opportunities of Entrepreneurship to young people.

Founder members include Cobra Beer entrepreneur Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, the entrepreneurial TV chef and multiple restaurant-owning Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, the former banker Rupa Ganatra who has launched several of her own businesses and the former professional athlete Ben Camara who co-owns several City fitness studios as well as other businessmen and women who own and run online, property, service, fashion and hospitality businesses.

Sponsoring Alderman, Sheriff Sir Paul Judge, commented:

“The development of the City of London has been based on its role as a trading centre and Entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of this success. This entrepreneurial activity extends into neighbourhoods such as Smithfield, Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Borough on the City fringes. Entrepreneurship is a diverse profession and crosses all age, ethnic, gender and social groups and the Guild will add further diversity to the Livery movement.”

Dan Doherty, chairman of the working party that set up the Guild, said:

“Entrepreneurship is recognised as a major contributor to economic recovery and is seen as a vital feature of our country’s future prospects. This exciting new Guild will provide a platform for Entrepreneurs to come together and promote Entrepreneurship as a profession while supporting the next generation of brave adventurers in business. I am proud to have led this team to this historic moment and look forward to our making a positive contribution to the City of London and the wider business community.”

More information is available at www.cityentrepreneursguild,org.uk People wishing to enquire about membership of the Guild of Entrepreneurs should contact Dan Doherty on 020 7043 8847 as should potential commercial sponsors.