Sahar Hashemi started two ground-breaking businesses: the UK’s first coffee bar chain, Coffee Republic, which she grew to 110 stores and a £50 million market cap, and Skinny Candy, a market segment-defining brand of sugar-free sweets. Her 2 books “Anyone can do it” and “Start Up Forever” are packed with ideas on how to stay agile, customer-focused and innovative. Luckily for us, Sahar has offered to share with us some of her key learnings.
Don’t fall into the bureaucracy trap
Use positive language
Get out into the customer’s world
Encourage small ideas
Culture is not static, lead by example
In 2012, mother and son, Sanjay & Shashi Aggarwal, launched Spice Kitchen, a family-owned artisanal spice and tea company. They quickly learned that digital skills were crucial to launching a successful business. Lucky for us, they offered to share some tips on how to launch a business online.
‘Let’s Talk About’ is our series of videos offering practical digital skills advice to help you grow. Oli Barrett, described by Wired magazine as one of the “most connected people in Britain”, shares his advice on how you can grow your career and business by building a strong and effective network.
Building your brand is critical to reaching your career goals and climbing the career ladder. A strong brand clarifies your strengths and helps build trust and credibility with others. This short course—part of the Women Transforming Tech series—helps young women in tech understand how to leverage their unique personal brand to meet their professional goals. Syamla Bandla—a tech leader and current director of product engineering at Facebook—explains why a personal brand is so beneficial, and shows how to define, promote, and evolve your brand. She also describes how personal branding can be applied to overcome obstacles and how introverts can use their brand to build connections.