Wednesday April 1, 2020

Time for a ‘crystal-clear’ focus on the customer’s needs

Sahar Hashemi, the co-founder of Coffee Republic, sees start-up culture as one where everyone works towards the same goal

8th March, 2020
Sahar Hashemi, co-founder of Coffee Republic

Sahar Hashemi is stuck on start-ups, or more specifically the “crystal clear” purpose companies often have starting out, a trait that is sometimes lost as they grow and get bogged down in bureaucracy and “expertise”.

Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, Britain’s first coffee chain, in London in 1995 with her brother Bobby. By the time it listed in 1998, Coffee Republic had more than 100 outlets and revenues or £30 million.

Hashemi sold...

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