Serial entrepreneur, Arti Poddar, is a finalist in the Entrepreneur/Investor of the year category at the 12th Scottish Asian Business Awards 2017 to be held today, 14th of December at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.
The Awards, which have been celebrated annually since 2006 recognise Scotland’s top Asian achievers and cover every aspect of business life.
Already a winner of Young Achiever of the year at the first ever Scottish Asian Business Awards and more recently Businesswoman of the year. Ms Poddar (34) works in the care sector owning two care homes Nightingale House (2006) and Blanefield House Care Home which she acquired in 2014 in partnership with her sister Puja Poddar. In 2013 Arti successfully sold her group of 7 day care nurseries, care home and training centre.
Her latest dream venture with Usman Mohammed, her partner this year was opening Guy & Beard, Scotland’ first walk in barbers from converted shipping containers and upcycled materials at Intu Braehead and Silverburn. They are on track to open a new shop every quarter. Several prime shopping centre locations throughout the UK have expressed interest in opening a Guy & Beard Barbers at their centres.
She said: “To be named a finalist for this highly prestigious business award is a tremendous honour and I aim to do my utmost to prove I am a worthy contender.
“There are lots of business opportunities out there at present, even in what is a difficult market and my hope is that more and more young people, females, especially those from Black, Asian and ethnic minority are encouraged to set up their dream businesses as well.
Her portfolio of companies reported turnover in excess of £2.5million and currently employs over 100 staff.