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Anyone can do it – Awakening the entrepreneur within

02 Apr 2019
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Keynote Address and Q & A with Sahar Hashemi OBE, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Coffee Republic

Sahar Hashemi OBE is one of UK's most inspirational female entrepreneurs and a powerful speaker on innovation and entrepreneurial mindset, sharing with the audience her captivating personal stories of building two famous brands; Coffee Republic, UK's first coffee bar chain, which she and her brother grew to 110 stores and £30m turnover and exited in 2001, and Skinny Candy, the guilt free confectionery brand which she sold in 2007.

Formerly a lawyer, Sahar has been recognised for her achievements as an entrepreneur by Her Majesty the Queen and named as a 'Pioneer to the life of the nation'.  She was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos.  She was also named one of 100 most influential women in Britain by Daily Mail and 35 top women in British business by Management Today.

In 2011 Sahar was listed in The Director's Top 10 list of Original Thinkers, all connected by a single ambition: to redesign an established concept so that it fits the demands of the future, whether for the good of business, or society.

An internationally recognised speaker, Sahar's captivating and uplifting talk will bring to life the passion, determination and open mindedness needed to succeed.  She will talk about her very personal journey and the 'can do' spirit and the tools and habits to 'make it happen'.

Jack Gocher, Industry Consultant
Sahar Hashemi OBE, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Coffee Republic