Award means café boss Sarah is one in a mil­lion

The Oban Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

Sarah He­ward, owner of The Real Food Café at Tyn­drum, is the woman who made a mil­lion from fish and chips – and her achieve­ment has been cel­e­brated at the in­au­gu­ral Amaz­ing Women Awards in Lon­don.

The Amaz­ing Women Awards, dubbed #50over50, were launched by Woman & Home Mag­a­zine to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of amaz­ing women over 50 across 10 cat­e­gories.

Sarah was one of five women who made it to the fi­nal in the Don’t Tell Me I Can’t cat­e­gory, help­ing her to stake her claim as one of the #50over50.

It was her suc­cess, par­tic­u­larly in the face of ad­ver­sity, in turn­ing a derelict Lit­tle Chef into an award-win­ning fish and chip shop with a turnover in ex­cess of £1 mil­lion that made her stand out from the crowd when it came to judg­ing.

Since she bought the café in 2005, she has over­come a num­ber of ob­sta­cles in­clud­ing ma­li­cious and tar­geted van­dal­ism, em­bez­zle­ment and near bank­ruptcy as well as devastating per­sonal losses to cre­ate the hugely suc­cess­ful busi­ness it is to­day.

She told Woman & Home Mag­a­zine: ‘My vision was to cre­ate a café or road­side diner that was the ex­act an­tithe­sis of ev­ery­thing that Lit­tle Chef had of­fered. In other words, I wanted to serve good quality, home­made or lo­cally sourced food in a friendly and warm en­vi­ron­ment.

‘There were many ob­sta­cles – I underestimated sea­son­al­ity and was un­der­funded, and of course the per­sonal trauma. But I got through by hav­ing faith in my­self, the right peo­ple around me and seek­ing help. It feels great to have such a pop­u­lar café.’

Sarah trav­elled from the café in Tyn­drum to the awards cer­e­mony which was held at Clar­idge’s Ball­room in May­fair, Lon­don, on Oc­to­ber 17.

She and the other nom­i­nees were met by Ra­dio 2 DJ Jo

Whi­ley.

Sarah He­ward was at the awards hosted by Ra­dio 2 DJ Jo Whi­ley.

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