Culinary dream to business empire: Buxton entrepreneur wins at 40 under 40 awards

40 Under 40 Awards

Buxton entrepreneur Saurabh Sharma, owner of a successful chain of cafés, has been crowned a winner at the distinguished 40 under 40 awards, earning recognition as one of the UK’s most outstanding and influential young entrepreneurs.

Saurabh Sharma, the driving force behind the popular Chakra Lounge on Spring Gardens and Noonology on High Street, was nominated for the award last month. Not thinking he would actually go on to win, he attended the prestigious ceremony held in London last weekend, winning in the Food, Catering and Beverage category.

The Chakra Lounge Buxton

What are the Forty Under Forty Awards?

The Forty under 40 Award is curated to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s most influential and accomplished young business leaders under the age forty from a wide range of industries. They celebrate entrepreneurs and business leaders who are committed to business growth, professional excellence, community service and have risen up the ranks of their companies or industries at a relatively young age.

Saurabh, known as Sam said, “The 40Under40UK awards celebrate the brightest and most promising talents in the UK, and it was an honour to be recognised amongst such an inspiring group of individuals.”

“Tonight’s triumph, so unexpected and surreal, prompts me to break my usual silence on personal highs and lows on social media.”

Sam went on to say, “The entrepreneur’s journey, I’ve learned, can be tough and lonely, but with a family like mine, every challenge becomes a shared triumph”.

Originally from a small town in Punjab, India, Sam journeyed to London for the awards ceremony.  His inspirational journey saw him seeking broader horizons and driven by ambition; Sharma left his hometown for the UK, where he pursued his studies at the University of Derby in Buxton. His career trajectory, beginning as a humble kitchen porter, is a testament to his passion and love for the food and beverage sector.

Now 36, Sharma is the proud owner of The Chakra Lounge, a beloved chain of lounge cafes not just in Buxton but also in Bakewell and Sheffield. His establishments have won over both the hearts and appetites of numerous patrons throughout the region.

The team at 40 Under 40 awards said: “Seeking better opportunities and chasing his dreams, Sam made the courageous decision to migrate to the UK.”

“This dedication and drive propelled him forward, laying the foundation for his future success.”

“With an impressive annual turnover of over £1 Million, his entrepreneurial prowess is evident. However, it is not just his financial accomplishments that make him special.

“Sam’s work history is a testament to his diverse experiences and impressive achievements in the restaurant and cafe industry.”

Find out more about the Forty Under Forty Awards here.

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