Guest blog: Festivity for all


Guest blog: Festivity for all

14 year old entrepreneur and EntrepreneurialSpark Chiclet Aadam Patel blogs about his vision to sell festive products for all religions and faiths.

Blog Author Image
Aadam Patel
Founder, Halal Celebrations  
Blog

10 December 2015

halal crackers

EntrepreneurialSpark powered by NatWest supported Aadam Patel's business.

 

When I was 7 years old I noticed there was a lack of festive products aimed at the Muslim market for our celebrations. Come Eid, there were no cards or crackers to celebrate with. This is why I started my own Eid revolution, at first creating celebration crackers for friends and family.

During this time I quickly realised that other people could also enjoy what I’d created and they could be used not only for Eid or birthdays but through the year. Halal Celebrations is about bringing friends and family together and giving them a ‘cracking’, memorable time.

Starting a business can be difficult – especially when you’re 14. I am constantly stretched to acquire new skills and startup finance can be a real challenge.

Our initial small orders contributed to high start up costs. EntrepreneurialSpark powered by NatWest helped me with this by offering a fantastic free office space removing associated overheads. The ongoing support has been phenomenal and the mindset and behaviour I have developed as a result has been integral to helping my business start up in a very lean and effective way.

This year is the first that Halal Celebrations will be selling Christmas and New Year crackers. The collection has been lovingly designed and handmade in Brighton by our in-house team of creative designers, cracker architects and cracker technicians. I hope that one day Halal Celebrations will be a market leader in faith and cultural related greeting cards and crackers.

Find out more about Halal Celebrations here.  

Posted In

Blog

Tagged

2015

Related articles

Award-winning commitment to supporting UK businesses

RBS determination to help aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and high-growth businesses achieve their goals has been recognised by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and Institute of Financial Services.

2015 NatWest everywoman Awards celebrate success of UK’s female entrepreneurs

Revealing the often extraordinary stories of individuals whose determination and tenacity have driven their success, the awards shine a spotlight on Britain as a hotbed of enterprise talent.

Latest news

Women and millennials help drive £17bn+ franchise sector to record levels

New research from NatWest and the British Franchise Association (bfa) highlights changes and profitability in the sector.

Winners announced for Skills & Opportunities Fund

52 winning organisations have been announced for round two of the 2018 Skills & Opportunities Fund.

RBS Multicultural Network meets Eric Holder, 82nd US Attorney General

Simon McNamara, RBS Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Sponsor of the RBS Multicultural Network, recently hosted an event in discussion with Eric Holder, the first black US Attorney General. They discussed career, ethnicity, diversity and even a little bit of politics. At the event, Eric Holder shared his wisdom and experience with attendees from the RBS Executive committee and RBS Multicultural Network. Simon McNamara blogs about his experience meeting Eric, a BAME role model, and why diversity is so important to RBS.

Set Tab for lightbox