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06 – Jun : The Summer Banquet

A White Tie Delight

This is the jewel in the Guild’s crown when it comes to formal annual events. By kind permission of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, the Guild of Entrepreneurs is delighted to hold its 2019 Summer Banquet at the stunning Cutlers’ Hall. The event also sees the fleeting return of the Guild’s first Hon. Chaplain, Bertrand Olivier, Dean of Montreal and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Canada.

This will be a spectacular occasion in this most beautiful Hall. A sumptuous meal is served, preceded by a sparkling reception, itself preceded by a Ceremonial Court to admit new Freemen. This is an event you won’t want to miss – guaranteed! Our guest speaker, Elizabeth Corley, CBE has been recognised as the Most Influential Woman in Asset Management, CEO of the Year and Most Influential Person in Asset Management.

This is an exquisite formal dinner for Freemen, their personal guests, and for friends and guests of the Guild to enjoy a glittering four-course meal with wines in this magnificent setting.

The Summer Banquet is the second of two principal formal events of the Guild’s year (November’s Installation Court & Dinner being the first), at which the Guild of Entrepreneurs recognises its contibutions to charity, education, outreach and affiliation. During this crucial fundraising year, the Guild is delighted to recognise the contribution of The Cook & The Butler Event Company in maximising the benefit of the evening for the Guild of Entrepreneurs Trust.

About Elizabeth Corley CBE.

Elizabeth was CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe then globally, from 2005 to 2016 and continues to act as a senior advisor to the firm. She was previously at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Coopers & Lybrand. Elizabeth serves on three company boards as a non-executive director – Pearson plc, BAE Systems plc and Morgan Stanley Inc.

Elizabeth is active in representing the investment industry and developing standards within it. She is a member of the CFA Future of Finance Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of the AQR Institute of Asset Management at the London Business School. She is chair of an industry Taskforce for the UK government on social impact investing.

Additionally, she is a member of the 300 Club and the Committee of 200, as well as being a trustee of the British Museum.

She is also a published author and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Dress Code : Evening Dress (White Tie)

These directions should be read in conjunction with the appropriate parts of the Customs & Guidelines. Copies are available from the Clerk’s Office. Please ensure that your guests comply with this dress code.

Decorations are to be worn. Any queries regarding the wearing of decorations should be directed to the Clerk’s Office.

Court and Officers’ badges are to be worn.

Founder/Founding Member lapel badges and gold Members’ pins should be worn (but not magnetic name badges, please) Cutlers’ Hall staff has the discretion to refuse entry to anyone not appropriately attired. Any queries regarding the suitability of dress should be directed to the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible to avoid difficulty.


Timings and Arrivals

Invitations pour memoire will be issued for orders placed before the booking deadline, but invitations are not required for access.

A Ceremonial Court to admit new Freemen will begin in the Court Room (ground floor) at 6.00pm, and the sponsors and guests of the new Freemen are very warmly invited to witness this. Please note that no entry to the Court Room will be possible during the Court itself, so please ensure you arrive in good time.

A reception will be served for all Freemen and guests in the Court Room from 6.30pm.

Dinner will be served in the Livery Hall (first floor) at 7.15pm.

A stirrup cup will be offered in the Court Room after dinner.

Carriages at 10.30pm.

Click here to book And do please consider donating the the Guild’s Charitable Trust at checkout.

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