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Mitesh Soma: Learn from those who work hard

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Name:?

Mitesh Soma

Age:?

34

Company:?

Chemistdirect.co.uk

Company turnover:?

£10m

First job: 

Shelf stacker at Waitrose.

Dream job: 

Being an entrepreneur.

Car: 

BMW

Economy, business or first class: 

Business and economy

Most extravagant purchase: 

My honeymoon to St Lucia with my wife Krishna.

Most-played song on your iPod: 

All of Toni Braxton’s first album.

Best business book: 

‘Losing My Virginity’ Richard Branson

Worst business moment: 

In the beginning, when IT problems jeopardised our launch.

Proudest business moment: 

When we employed our 50th employee and realised the business was not dependent on me anymore.

Your business mentor: 

I look up to and try to learn from anyone who has worked hard to achieve something for themselves and others.

Next big thing: 

In 2011, I want to focus on offering customers GP consultations where they can quickly and easily book an appointment with a registered doctor and get a fast diagnosis or advice online in a way which hasn’t been done before. 

Launched in 2007, Chemistdirect.co.uk made its name by drastically undercutting high-street pharmacies. Today, it turns over more than £10m and has 300,000 registered users.

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