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Meet Anna from The Bhaji Shop

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

The Bhaji Shop at our Kenwood Hall Outdoor Cinema

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business, i.e. what made you want to start your own business and how did you get there?

My CV is probably best described as eclectic.

I've worked for small independents, the NHS and big corporate companies. In lockdown I chose to leave my job and take charge of the events side and business development of my partner's business The Bhaji Shop. We've just taken on a massive events venue in the centre of Sheffield which offers loads of opportunities for exciting new projects and collaborations with fellow independents. Taking such a big leap from the safety of contracted employment comes with the obvious stresses and worries but I can honestly say I've never been happier....physically shattered sometimes, but always mentally stimulated and overall happy.

Anna and her partner Matt

Which women have been your biggest inspiration and helped you to succeed?

It would be impossible to choose just one inspirational woman. I surround myself with strong badass women who inspire me every day. My circle of friends are super supportive, always there with advice and positive words. and between them, constantly inspire me with their unique brands of awesomeness.

What tips would you give to other women who want to start their own business?

In my experience, working isn't all about the money you earn....your own happiness is way more important in the long run. You may sometimes temporarily lose track of your sanity and feel overwhelmed, but there's a lot to be said for being more in charge of your own destiny and having the power to change course when required. Sounds super cheesy but I stand by it...being self employed definitely isn't a job where you clock off at 5pm...its a lifestyle where you're constantly on the clock. But having ownership of something you genuinely care about is a great feeling. You need to be prepared for the challenge of constantly having to be self motivated.

If you could choose to be any woman from any film, who would you choose?

Ooo tough one. I'm going to have to go with the first one that comes to my head. Vianne from Chocolat because she's flighty, fun, brave, doesn't care what people think of her and revels in the joy of knowing the power food holds in bringing people together.

Vianne from Chocolat

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