Alumni Networking Event

8th May 2013, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Business School

Sweet Mandarin – A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step

Join us for the next networking event at Edge Hill University to hear expert advice on being creative and innovative in a difficult economic climate from Helen Tse, alumnus, successful lawyer, businesswoman and author. Our networking events are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, share ideas and advice and to promote yourself or company.

As the granddaughters of Lily Kwok, who established the first Chinese restaurant in the UK, Helen and her sisters were brought up amongst the smells and delicious flavours of Chinese food and they’ve put their upbringing to great use.

They opened their own restaurant and cookery school, Sweet Mandarin, in 2004 and this was later crowned Best Local Chinese Restaurant in the UK by Gordon Ramsey’s F Word. Their aim was to continue a tradition started by their pioneering grandmother whilst giving something back to the community, to inspire the next generation to appreciate good food and show them that you can be successful whatever your background.

After recognising a business opportunity in their gluten free sauces, Helen will also discuss how, after pitching to the Dragon’s Den panel, she received £50,000 to help bring their sauces to the market. With support from their mentors, Duncan Bannatyne and Hilary Devey, they have exciting future plans.

Helen felt compelled to document the true story of her family’s journey from east to west in her debut novel, Sweet Mandarin. Helen became the first British born Chinese author and she works extensively in schools to encourage children to write.
Following the session there will be the opportunity to network with Edge Hill alumni, University staff and the business community over drinks and canapés in the stunning Business, Law and Criminology building.


  • 5:30pm – Registration and arrival
  • 6:00pm – Sweet Mandarin – A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step – Helen Tse
  • 7:00pm – Drinks and networking

Networking is a great way to make new contacts, build working relationships, gain careers advice or even to meet future employers. Book your free place here.