I’d like to share with the Admissions Committee a bit of my background, which explains my passion for the family business. It also explains my choice of recommender.
My father is of Kurdish origin and my mother is Turkish. In 1995, when I was three years old, we were forced to immigrate to London to escape the systematic persecution and oppression of the Kurdish minority in Turkey.
Arriving in London, we knew four words of English between the three of us. We had no money, no foundation and no support system. We would stay with distant relatives until they were unable or unwilling to have us. Never one to let hardships get in the way, my father did everything he could to build a life for us. Starting off with a fruit cart in the local market, over the last two decades he built an empire, now totaling over £100m in revenue.
Throughout my childhood, my father encouraged me to work for our firms, during weekends and vacations. Over the years I had a 360 degree view of our businesses; from sweeping floors and driving forklifts, to making sales and purchases. I am incredibly proud of what he managed to do, and it will be an honour to step into his shoes and continue what he started.
On a final note, as my supervisor over the last five years has always been my father, I have chosen Andrew Kirby as my recommender. Andrew is the Wholesale Business Development Manager at Today’s Group, of which Holland Bazaar is a member. We have worked together intensively over the last few years, and he can attest, I believe, to my managerial, interpersonal and business skills.