‘Now is the time’ to take risks

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A leading entrepreneur who was described by the Queen as a “Pioneer to the life of the nation” has been addressing local business leaders at the latest of the Unlocking Potential launch events.

Coffee Republic founder Sahar Hashemi

And Coffee Republic founder Sahar Hashemi told delegates at the Pool Innovation Centre, that they were right to take risks in the current economic climate.

She said: “Things start happening when you start to put your dreams on paper. My most important piece of advice to you all is to leap and the net will appear. My brother Bobby and I were refused loans by 19 bank managers before we got what we needed.”

Strong New Leaders was the fourth in a series of five conferences to launch the new Unlocking Potential business support programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Since the initial launch on November 14, more than 350 business leaders and entrepreneurs have attended an Unlocking Potential event and heard from internationally renowned speakers such as Lord Digby Jones, Laura Tenison MBE, Deirdre Bounds and Sháá Wasmund.

The final event – Keeping Brand Promises – features a key note speech from serial entrepreneur BJ Cunningham on December 6, at the Pavilion Centre in Wadebridge. To book a free place, click here.

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