Sharma Garages’ Saeed Noorani is invested in the company’s success but still takes time for his family, films and his faith
Name: Saeed Noorani
Job title: Business operations manager
Company: Sharma Garages
01 Career history: I have been in the petrol industry since I was 18. I worked as a cashier and was promoted to an assistant manager for Gulf. I was then made redundant when Gulf pulled out of the UK in the late 1990s. Straight after my redundancy, I was offered an assistant manager’s position with Sharma Garages running a Total site. Sharma Garages then acquired some BP sites and soon after I was promoted to site manager and then area manager. The drive and passion I had that led me to get my foot in the door as an assistant manager at the age of 20, developed into becoming a fundamental part of Sharma Garages’ success, as I now have been promoted to the role of business operations manager.
02 Dream job (if you weren’t doing this): Director of my own company.
03 What do you drive: Land Rover. It’s a 4x4 and I love it.
04 What would you like to drive: Definitely a Ferrari or a Porsche.
05 Perfect day: A barbecue at home with my lovely wife and kids.
06 Favourite team: Liverpool – I blame my elder brother.
07 Favourite read: The Noble Quran and anything by my favourite author, Dean Ray Koontz.
08 Favourite film: The Shawshank Redemption and The Revenant, to name a couple.
09 Best holiday: Dubai for the manmade beauty and Kashmir for the natural beauty.
10 Possessions you couldn’t do without: My mobile and my laptop.
11 Most admire: My father, he is an absolutely amazing person.
12 Most likely to say:
13 Least likely to say: “I haven’t got time.”
14 Greatest achievement: I completed my pilgrimage (Hajj) in 2005.
15 Greatest fear: The future of our next generation.
16 Tips for business success: Never give
up, great things take time,
and be patient.
17 Best business advice you’ve received: Leadership determines the success of the business.
18 Best thing about your job: Pepe’s chicken.
I can’t live without it, thanks to my boss.
19 Most recent business achievement of note: Being promoted to business operations manager.
20 Thoughts on the forecourt sector: Although the government is pushing towards EV to reach the Net Zero targets,I think that fuel is still going to be around for a few years yet. Hydrogen is the best solution in my opinion – but only time will tell.