Honour for food boss

Kamal Basran, founder of The Authentic Food Company has been awarded an OBE.

By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
July 9, 2013, 5:03 pm
Honour for food boss

Kamal Basran, founder The Authentic Food Company has been awarded an OBE.

 
Having gone to Sheffield University and then onto teach history in a girls school for 14–18 year olds, Kamal Basran totally changed her career path at the age of 35.

Authentic Indian Foods was established in 1985 through Kamal’s love of cooking and her frustration at the lack of quality Indian food available to buy in the UK. She spotted a niche in the market and started her own business with a loan of only £5,000.

 
From its humble beginnings of homemade samosas, the business has flourished and it now has two manufacturing sites, turns over £40 million and employs 240 people.

 
Kamal said: “I am thrilled to be awarded an OBE as it is a great honour for me and of course the business. My enjoyment of the job and a determination not to fail were key motivators in its early success. I am proud of our achievements but also how our core family values and our passion and enthusiasm for charity work have become central to the culture of the business.”

 
Alongside its business success, Authentic has a strong history in supporting charitable causes both locally and nationally. Local organisations such as St Anne’s Hospice, Francis House and community support projects such as food donations to the We Love Manchester charity, Sisters of the Poor, Brindale House and the Foundation Trust have benefited from the support of Kamal, The Authentic Food Company and its workforce.

National charities Breast Cancer Awareness and the British Heart foundation have also remained close to the business.

 
Kamal added: “It’s tremendously satisfying that we have been able to give back to the community through our charitable work and the enthusiasm of our staff. The charity that has perhaps been closest to my heart personally is a small school in India that I actually attended before I came to England. I think it’s important to be grounded and remember your roots.”

 
Nik Basran said: “She is an inspiring but modest person and I am very proud that she has been recognized in this way. It is an uplifting experience for everyone at Authentic, that a relatively small family business gets recognition in this way.”

 
The business, which has remained family-owned and managed, has developed a strong reputation for the provision of International dishes to foodservice and retail across the UK and Europe.

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