Sanjay Majhu: CEO Harlequin Restaurants
He has come a long way since the early 90's when he was waiting on tables at the Spice of Life. Sanjay Majhu, has now built a business empire that turns over some 20-million pounds a year
"The restaurant business was something I wanted to do at a young age. I was quite inspired when I went into the Shish Mahal in Gibson Street in the early days. I was never in it for the money. It was to do with buzz and excitement and running a restaurant for the passion and enjoyment . In 1990, I bought my first restaurant but I was too embarrassed to ask for advice and it closed after three months. Then I found another place and had to borrow money to fund it. That closed as well. It was the worst time of my life."
Sanjay decided to change course midstream, and studied for a degree in pharmacy. He qualified in 1999 and soon established the Apple Pharamacy Group, which now has 10 branches.
Then in March 2005, there came an opportunity of a lifetime and Sanjay Majhu took over the ownership of Glasgow-based Harlequin Leisure Group, and the title of Scotland's Curry King from his long-time friend Charan Gill MBE in an £8 million deal.
Sanjay, ever the entrepreneur, also part owns Starlighting, an electrical wholesale company.