Tell us about your company?
Shoma and Mark Doran started trading as Putul’s Kitchen Ltd in January 2017. Shoma was inspired by her mother and her Indian heritage and always had a passion for Asian cuisine. The business manufactures chicken cutlets coated in traditional Indian spices to a unique family recipe. The business also does a vegetarian option using beetroot and chickpeas, along with starter and main meal varieties. The target market for the business is local Indian restaurants, delicatessens, bistros, cafés, fast food outlets and any other catering businesses. The business has trademarked its brand.
What is your background
Shoma was born in Calcutta, but came over to the UK when she was 18 months old. Her father came to the UK from India to work as an architect Shoma currently works as an IT consultant, which she has done for 30 years, and specializes in business and systems analysis . Her husband Mark has a varied background, including design, and this has been a help when producing the branding and labels.
Where do you want the company to be in two years’ time?
Shoma would like the business to be selling to a larger range of food outlets and be able to walk away from working in IT! Ideally, she would like to have one large customer such as one of the supermarkets. She would also would like to operate from separate premises and employ and train up a couple staff.
If you could suggest one thing to Government to help business growth what would it be?
Shoma would like there to be more financial support in the form of grants for new businesses.
What do you do to relax away from the office?
Shoma likes running and regularly has a jog around the marine lake in West Kirby. She also enjoys going to the cinema and going to see live music.
What hobbies do you have?
Running, usually about 4 miles a day. And cooking!
Have you any hidden talents?
Shoma found she was actually rather good at chess and played tennis at a good standard when she was younger.
Any final thoughts?
She is very passionate about the food that Putul’s Kitchen produces. They are traditional and a secret family recipe and she would like nothing more than for other people to enjoy these products as much as she does and her husband Mark do!