Sahar Hashemi is an author, speaker and entrepreneur who brought New York style coffee culture to Britain. Sahar is also involved in "Change Please" coffee which recruits staff from local homeless shelters hiring them as baristas to run their own coffee carts around London. Sahar is also the co-chair of the Government Scale-Up Taskforce which brings together entrepreneurs, investors and local bodies from across the country helping businesses become high growth organisations.
Sahar Hashemi will tell you about resilience - her business plan was turned down 19 times, so she knows a lot about persistence. The Coffee Republic story is now a best-selling business book, the 2nd highest seller on entrepreneurship after Richard Branson's. Her most recent book, Switched On (2010) focuses on 8 habits that foster a more entrepreneurial mindset.
She has been lauded with accolades and in 2011 she was invited to give informal advice to the UK government via the Entrepreneurs Forum. She was named one of the Top 10 Original Thinkers by Director Magazine and in 2012, one of Management Today's 20 most powerful women in Britain - 'Young Global Leader' by the World Economic Forum in Davos and has an OBE. She currently sits on the Consumer Council of EON UK Plc.
Sahar is also involved in "Change Please" coffee which recruits staff from local homeless shelters hiring them as baristas to run their own coffee carts around London.
She is also the co-chair of the Government Scale-Up Taskforce which brings together entrepreneurs, investors and local bodies from across the country helping businesses become high growth organisations and is a columnist for Inc and sits on the Fashion Trust and Bristol University, Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship advisory boards.
Enthusiastic, informal, passionate, thought-provoking
Sahar Hashemi has a talent for connecting with her audience - she talks with passion about being an unlikely entrepreneur and about the importance of authenticity and loving what you do. A former lawyer, she built the highly successful Coffee Republic brand with 110 bars and a turnover of £30 million because she had a passion to bring good coffee to the UK - before doing the same with Skinny Candy her sugar free candy brand. She warns that as companies grow they often lose their start-up buzz and allow bureaucracy to creep in.
On February 21st, 2016, Hashemi was named in the Maserati 100 List; a definitive list of Britain's most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, and ascending entrepreneurs, who are today supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent.
"Sahar's passion for innovation energises a room its the equivalent of a double espresso from the coffee chain she co-founded" - London Innovation Forum
"Speakers included the former Prime minister of Spain but Sahar Hashemi stole the show" - IAA World Advertising Conference
"The impact you had on everyones mind set. This was very visible the next day the audience had a real can do spirit" - NHS Chief Health Professional Officer