Sharma Garages’ Saeed Noorani is invested in the company’s success but still takes time for his family, films and his faith

Saeed Noorani, Sharma Garages 1

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:

“Be good.”

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.