All good things come to those who wait

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In August 2014 I was introduced over email to Richard Koch, the 'K' of LEK Consulting and the author of (amongst other best selling business books) The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less.

We emailed a few times but Richard rarely spends anytime in (rainy) London. However when a friend said he had recently bought and couldn't put down The 80/20 Principle I bought it from the book shop in St Pancras on my way home. I emailed Richard that evening and said after far too long I'd bought his book. He replied enthusiastically and said he'd love to meet up sometime but was still rarely in London as he much preferred the sunshine.

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Then I remembered that I'd read somewhere that he had a place in Portugal (as well as Spain, Gibraltar and Cape Town). I said I was spending the summer in London except 10 days in Portugal...

That lead to a terrific lunch with Richard a couple of weeks ago. I was very excited to meet him, to talk business, judging entrepreneurs, investment strategies and the weather.

There's nothing quite like sitting down and sharing a meal with good company and interesting conversation. Even if it did take 3 years (or perhaps especially because it did) I'm glad we made it happen.

Springtime in London

AK arrived for a packed week of meetings, brainstorming and DMG strategy - only 6 months in and we have completed 3 investments, worked with a FTSE listed company on their strategy and hosted dinners and other events to make some terrific connections. Good progress but there's much to do.

Meetings with potential investments dominated the week - we want to be involved in businesses that are executing well and that we can help with our experience and connections, particularly at the right time for international expansion.

We met up with Desmond & Dempsey (who kindly took the photo, above) and talked fabric, funding and furniture over lunch at the terrific Dishoom, King's Cross. Molly had just come back from a successful trip to New York and were travelling again the very next day so we were pleased to be able to catch up in amongst it.

If you would like to meet up please get in touch here - we're always keen to meet entrepreneurs, investors and large organisations.