A former City banker who opened a spa when she lost her job and her dentist husband who starred in TV’s Come Dine With Me both hit the headlines in the same week recently.
Anisha Koshal was made redundant during the credit crunch has been named one of Britain’s most inspirational business women 17 months after setting up her new business in St Albans in Hertfordshire.
Anisha Koshal’s spa is one of 100 UK businesses nominated for the Barclays Trading Places Awards, which recognises people who have beaten the odds to succeed.
She was made redundant from her City banking job in December 2008 but opened The Cove Spa in April 2009.
The Cove Spa on Russell Avenue is now in its second year of trading and is turning over a healthy profit.
Steve Cooper, chair of the judging panel and managing director of Barclays Business, said: ‘The calibre of this year’s entries is outstanding and we hope that with this recognition, The Cove Spa will continue on the road to success.
‘We also hope Anisha’s story will inspire other budding entrepreneurs in St Albans, who face similar difficulties to come forward and turn their own business dreams into reality.’
The winner will be presented with a £10,000 cheque from the event organisers, and the runner-up with £5,000 for their business, at a prestigious black-tie gala dinner at The Savoy in London on Tuesday 30 November.
Meanwhile, dentist husband Amit (pictured above) had his own slice of fame when he made his TV debut in an edition of the TV reality show, Come Dine With Me.
Amit Koshal is the chief executive of Laxsh Ltd which consists of a group of dental practices nationwide.
Amit served up a three-course Indian-inspired menu on the show with a starter of lamb kebabs followed by butter chicken, fresh naan bread and a lentil curry, with samosas stuffed with Belgian chocolate and pistachio nuts for dessert.
For information about The Cove Spa, visit www.thecovespa.co.uk.
For information about Laxsh Ltd, visit www.centraldentalderby.co.uk.