Admission of new Freemen of the Company of Entrepreneurs

It was the pleasure of the Master Entrepreneur, Mr Rick Lowe, to admit the last Freemen of his year of office on the evening of 24th November 2020. It was also an historic occasion, as these four were the very first to be admitted directly as Freemen of the new Company of Entrepreneurs. The Master was especially pleased to note that, despite the restrictions of COVID-19, these new Freemen had already become fully engaged with the charitable work of the Company of Entrepreneurs Trust and that some of their names would shortly be added to the roll of the Trust’s Principal Benefactors.

Rita, Simon, Pinky and Jat each spoke briefly to pledge to uphold the Company’s objects, and declared their assent to the Freemen’s oath. These small acts preceded their formal admission as full Freemen Entrepreneurs – by virtual presence for now, but the Master hoped very much that soon they would be able to sign the Freedom Register in person and receive real-life framed certificates recording their admission. Until then, the Master welcomed them virtually to the Company, and encouraged them to join their fellow Freemen in the online interaction and opportunities that the Company offers.

The new Freemen are:

Rita William Bologna – Awarded ‘Business Woman of the Year’ and ‘Best New Company’ Rita has over 30 years’ experience in starting and building new businesses. She is described by her peers as an inspirational leader with strong entrepreneurial spirit and with a talent for transitioning strategy into action and achievement.

Rita sold her three companies based in London in 2017, The Good Global Group Ltd, The Good Titles Ltd and The Good Events & PR Company. The businesses focused on PR, Digital Marketing, publishing and high-end corporate events.

She has since then successfully completed the General Management Certificate of Achievement at The Cambridge Judge Business School. Rita is now a Business Strategist and Mentor for start-up companies on a Not-For-Profit basis and she is a Motivational Speaker for young entrepreneurs and particularly to women in business.

Rita is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and President of the first ever Livery all ladies rowing squadron. She is the Police Liasion Officer on the Kensington Residents Committee and was previously a Special Constable for Essex Police.

Rita is a noted philanthropist and is on course to become a 2021 Principal Benefactor of the Company of Entrepreneurs Trust.

Simon Krystman – The phrase ‘Serial Entrepreneur’ could have been coined especially for Simon. Apart for a six-month stint as a salesman after he left university, Simon has always set up and run his own companies. In 1995, he started Chaotix, a business offering CRM solutions in an era before dedicated CRM systems. Over the next six years he spun this concept out into businesses in Contact Management, Business Intelligence, and Database Marketing – after which they were very profitably acquired.
He then started Salesout – managing data for wholesalers – and, through the next nine years, he set up offices in the US, South Africa and Central Europe, before exiting successfully.

In 2013, Simon decided to focus on startups with a purpose and formed CrowdPatch CIC which assists to find finance for small community based projects. Simon restarted Brain Mind Forum – which helps stimulate both academic and public discussion on understanding of the brain. He has also founded Ideas Patch Ltd – which assists businesses with intellectual property. The Smart Startup – which partners companies in building a solid marketing foundation. IdeasNest which is like a vault for ideas and showcasing it. The latest of these is Twelve Ronnies Ltd, which offers founders advice on launching businesses, to understand their ideas and their customers. 12 Ronnies has set up a network of mentors for these founders.

Simon is looking forward to playing an active part in the Company’s Outreach and Education activities.

Pinky Lilani CBE – Pinky is a dynamic, well-connected and well-known entrepreneur.

Pinky began her cookery career when she moved to the UK from India in 1978. She started compiling recipes and consulted on Indian cuisine for Sharwoods, Tescos and Safeway amongst others. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks.

In 1999 Pinky set up the Asian Women’s Achievement Awards; this organisation is now in its 21st year and is going strong under Pinky’s leadership.

In 2007 she founded the Women of the Future Network, a network of high potential and high achieving UK women. Ten years later Pinky launched the Women of The Future Awards South East Asia as part of a growing international network of Women leaders.

She is involved with programmes in schools which encourage young women to develop into leaders and entrepreneurs. She has also started working with the Said Management School in Oxford to run leadership and kindness programmes, and is working with the Foreign Office to expand these initiatives globally.

She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. Pinky was made an OBE for her charity work in 2007 and promoted to CBE in 2015 for services to women in business.

Jatinder Singh Wasu – Jat Wasu qualified as a chartered accountant, and is a Liveryman Chartered Accountant. He went on to found numerous businesses on his own in many areas including business consultancy, residential property, an award winning nursing home, a retail pharmacy, developing a master franchise in pizzas and ticketing for events at the O2!

Jat has a strong belief in giving back to society. Professionally he served as a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants – the governing body of Chartered Accountants. Jat served this honorary role as Non Exec/Trustee for over 15 years. Jat also served on numerous national committees.

Jat also supports many charities and, in particular, is Chair of Operation Eye Sight, a leading Canadian Eye Charity.

A proud member of the MCC and proud family man with two adult children, Jat maximises every opportunity to travel, sport and enjoy good food.

Jat is a 2020 Principal Benefactor of the Company of Entrepreneurs Trust.

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Notes: Successful entrepreneurs who share the Company’s ethos of fellowship, service and philanthropy can apply for the Freedom of the Company of Entrepreneurs. You can read more about membership HERE

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