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Gini & Eccie Newton: Old Girls, Sisters and Entrepreneurs

Posted on 13 November 2018 by Miss Emily Acton-Edmiston

It was with professionalism and warmth that Queen’s Gate Old Girls, sisters and entrepreneurs, Gini and Eccie Newton, opened our 2018/2019 Inspiring Women series on Monday 12 November.

Gini and Eccie founded their first business Karma Cans in 2014 from their basement kitchen. Starting with £5.00, one customer and an idea, they have grown their company into a corporate catering service, which delivers hundreds of meals a day across London. Their second venture launched this year; a community of co-working kitchens and office spaces for people in food and drink called Karma Kitchen.

Before making their way up to the Library, guests gathered in the Black Dining Room for champagne and canapés to meet their speakers. After being introduced by Inspiring Women 2018/19 prefect, Iona Martyrossian, the sisters took us through their journey starting up their businesses. It was fascinating to hear about the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome these, (including pitching to predominantly male investors and overcoming sibling disagreements!). Despite many setbacks, they believe adaptability has been key to their success; thinking outside the box and not being too fixed in their approach has allowed them to scale up their business enormously, listening to the needs of their customers.

From the origin of the name ‘Karma Cans’, rooted in Eccie’s time spent in Mumbai, to the skills that Queen’s Gate taught them such as public speaking, Gini and Eccie certainly delivered an inspiring, relatable talk and there’s no doubt the audience left feeling like the impossible can be achieved!

A huge thank you to Gini and Eccie for coming to speak to us, it was a pleasure to welcome them back! We look forward to seeing their businesses grow from strength to strength.

Check out the interview we did with Gini and Eccie this summer for our Alumnae magazine, The Log (p.18-21), below.