'The Bagel Nash Story’ set for Leeds Beckett
The duo, who took over the Leeds-born business in 2011, will be speaking about their journey of brand development, marketing promotion and product and service excellence.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the annual Leeds Business School lecture series, and is sponsored by Yorkshire Bank. The session will run from 6-7pm with light refreshments available from 5.30pm on Tuesday 21 April at the University's Rose Bowl. Places must be booked online.
Bagel Nash has 14 branches across Leeds, Manchester, Huddersfield, Hull, York, Derby and Nottingham, and there are plans for further expansion.
During the lecture Sara and Andy will discuss taking over Bagel Nash and how their innovation and hard work has driven the business forward.
Speaking ahead of the lecture, Sara commented: “As a business, we are totally committed to producing only the very best bagel products using 100% natural ingredients. The same principles apply to our retail stores. We are as much concerned about how our products taste and look as we are about their nutritional value and wholesomeness.
“During the lecture we will discuss how we strive for excellence in every aspect of the business and the challenges that presents.”
Sara is an operations professional with an extensive background in property and facilities management in multi-site operations. She has previously worked for the government and at director-level for a major UK property investment company. She joined forces with Andy to buy Bagel Nash in 2011 and is the Retail Operations Director responsible for all aspects of store operations including marketing and new site acquisition.
Andy previously worked in finance, has an extensive general management background in retailing and food production, and has worked at director-level for a number of major UK and multinational companies. He has bought and sold a number of companies and is the CEO of Bagel Nash, a non-exec director of Starbrands and a governor of Leeds Trinity University.
Paul Houghton, Principal Lecturer in Leeds Beckett's Faculty of Business and Law, added: “Sara and Andy have been on an incredible journey with Bagel Nash and have achieved so much since they acquired the business in 2011. It will be fascinating to hear about the changes they implemented from the outset, the progress and great success they have made since then and what their goals and plans are for the future of Bagel Nash.
"The event - 'The Bagel Nash Story; a new customer and in-store experience’ - will conclude with a chance to ask Sara and Andy questions.”