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Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Lara Morgan and Charlie Morgan are couplepreneurs and founders of UK global success story, Pacific Direct, which manufactured and sold brand licensed toiletries and amenities to the hotel industry across the world, exporting to 110 countries. Lara and Charlie Morgan will share their story of building Pacific Direct from scratch, which Lara set up when 23, with Charlie joining 3 years later, to a business employing 500 employees. Take this opportunity to learn from Lara and Charlie on building their startup business, scaling it globally and then exiting for £20m.
This dinner is perfect for…
Startup founders and management level at startups (and ideal for entrepreneurs who work, or who are considering working with their partners). This dinner is open to a limited number of service providers / advisors (unless a TableCrowd partner). Please see the details under the 'Join this table' button.
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at email@example.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…
If you are interested in learning from two leading UK entrepreneurs who have the experience of starting, growing, scaling and exiting a world leading brand, then this dinner is right for you. Lara and Charlie will share all on:
✓ Scaling a business globally and their exit for £20m.
✓ Running a business as 'couplepreneurs'.
✓ Setting up their own manufacturing plant after difficulties with their supplier from China.
✓ Managing expectations, stress and a growing workforce!
✓ Key stories and lessons learnt from Pacific Direct.
Expect to leave with ideas and inspiration for your own business, as well as the opportunity to speak to others facing similar industry challenges and opportunities as you informally over dinner.
Who are Lara and Charlie Morgan ?
Lara Morgan is a British entrepreneur and the founder and former CEO of Pacific Direct. Having built the business from scratch seventeen years later she sold her majority share (99%) in 2008 for the sum of £20m and is now involved in several UK startups. Charlie Morgan joined Lara on the Pacific Direct journey three years after launch. As ‘couplepreneurs’, they built a global brand together that wasn’t always planned, exporting their manufactured projects to 110 countries across the globe.
Find out more about our co-host, Couplepreneurs here.
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. This is a dinner, not a dropin event, so we ask that guests turn up on time and don’t leave until after the Q&A.
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Lara Morgan is a British entrepreneur and the founder and former CEO of Pacific Direct. Having built the business from scratch seventeen years later she sold her majority share (99%) in 2008 for the sum of £20m and is now involved in several UK startups. Charlie Morgan joined Lara on the Pacific Direct journey three years after launch. As ‘couplepreneurs’, they built a global brand together that wasn’t always planned, exporting their manufactured projects to 110 countries across the globe!
Lara was very much the front of Pacific Direct and now invests her time in fast growth companies and represents UKTI as an export ambassador. She is a mentor, investor and trains businesses using practical advice and frameworks to enable them to achieve accelerated growth. She is passionate about leadership, self and employee motivation and business growth and she regularly talk about these and other specific topics based on her own experiences.
Lara and Charlie love spending time together and with their three lively daughters!
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.
We’re co-hosting this dinner with Tricia Bacon, founder of Couplepreneurs, a growing global community of couples in love and in business. Tricia set up her consulting business in 2015 helping companies to scale. Unintentionally she attracted couple owned businesses it became clear to her that there are thousands of Couplepreneurs in the UK, millions globally and this is definitely “a thing”. It’s happening in all sectors and across all ages. There are huge ridiculous myths that exist around being a Couplepreneur not least that they aren’t a viable investment opportunity. Couples can be stronger together, they have each other’s backs and complementary skillsets that enable the business to thrive.
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