Sahar HashemiStart Up Forever

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A former lawyer, Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain with her brother and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a turnover of £30m. She left the day-to-day management of Coffee Republic in 2001 and published a bestselling book, Anyone Can Do It, Building Coffee Republic From Our Kitchen Table. In 2005 she founded Skinny Candy, a brand of sugar free sweets, which was sold to confectionery conglomerate Glisten PLC in 2007.In June 2012 Sahar was awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity.