Meghna Bhadesia was born in Mumbai, India. She came to the UK to study and then worked and lived in London . One day she was in the heart of Leicester, missing her family and friends, Meghna passed by a shop, which got her attention and she immediately got attracted towards it. She made a decision straight away and thought this it would be the perfect place for her shop,Creative Eleanor. In order to be able to run Creative Eleanor successfully she has two pillars without whom this would not be possible; Nayan Shah and Jignesh Patel.
Nayan Shah has over 15 years’ experience in this field. He is also a Vastu consultant dealing with our ancient Hindu Shastra. Additionally Jignesh Patel is painter who adds his creative flair to the business. In Creative Eleanor they aim to serve the community and offer art and solutions for Vastu Shastra, tarot reading, wedding supplies, antique home décor and some amazing gift ideas.
1) Which place or city or country do you most feel at home in?
I moved to Leicester recently from London and I feel that was one of the best decisions I have taken in my life. I feel very comfortable, safe and lively. It reminds me of back home all the time. I enjoy the warmth of community, festivals and I get more time for socializing. So definitely it is Leicester.
2) What are your proudest achievements?
My proudest achievement is my shopCreative Eleanor which is in the heart of the community in Leicester. Although I had achievements in education and industry my shop is the proudest one in my life.
3) What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration is when a customer leaves my shop with a smile on their face, I feel they are taking away a piece of me with them that’s what inspires me the most. I feel I have and I can offer so much to my community which satisfies their needs and I get the opportunity to share my creativity.
4) What has been the biggest obstacle in your career?
The biggest obstacle was my own fear and doubt, starting my own business was my dream. To achieve that I had to append a lot of time away from my family, do everything on my own, go through tough challenges and make some very important decisions was my greatest fear. The journey towards starting of this was not less than a roller coaster.
5) Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date?
My dad Mr. Chandrakant Bhadesia. A man who always believed in me, supported me and helped me to achieve my dreams. He always stood by me when I was making important decisions in my life. His faith in me was not less than any father would have it in his son. He is my backbone and he is the reason of who/where I am today.
6) What is the best aspect about your current role?
As a youngest co-partner ofCreative Eleanor I am the youngest Crystal healer. I meet many different people seeking my advice. When they come back to me with a smile and satisfaction that is something which gives me greatest pleasure. We are also very unique in supplying antique home décor and wedding gifts. Everyone wants something different and we try to customise the best product for their special occasion.
7) And the worst?
My business is my biggest dream, I love everything about it. But I wish I could have started this few years ago.
8) What are your long term goals?
To be able to serve community as a positive role model for young, creative talent in Leicester.
9) If you were Prime Minister, what one aspect would you change?
To ensure that Voices of the community at large are listened to.
10) If you were marooned on a desert island, which historical figure would you like to spend your time with and why?
My younger self. Because I would be able to teach whatever I know now.