Director – A.B.Rolling Mills Pvt Ltd
I was an academically average student in the school. It transformed into being a marketing topper in the Flame school of business. I excelled at the Midas School of Entrepreneurship.
On 2nd May 2013, I joined my family business of manufacturing stainless steel utensils. After initial training in the manufacturing process and sales, I started heading the A.B.Rolling Mills Pvt Ltd’s cookware divisions. I was put in charge of this independent division.
Challenges faced while entering the family business.
1. How many workers are working for you?
Leading a team of about 100 workers, and employees to accept a woman boss in a male-dominated industry was challenging. With hard work, focus and results, Gradually I helped them accept me as their Boss.
2. This Division was set to manufacture cookware for the multinational
Ikea, but the deal did not work out, and we started domestic sales. The market for high-quality stainless-steel cookware in India was minuscule l but has growth opportunities. Convincing a few brands to start selling this premium cookware was an arduous task. When I got my first order, it was an exhilarating experience.
Today we are one of the top OEM manufacturers of stainless-steel cookware in India. We are soon launching our very own cookware brand nationwide.
“There have been lots of up and down in this journey.”says, Riddhee
I continued to work after my marriage and coping with work and social pressure; one needs to find the right balance between personal and professional life. Today I am a mother to a beautiful one-year-old. Getting back to work was difficult as our manufacturing unit is 160 km away from my home in Mumbai.
“I used to feel guilty to leave my toddler at home, go to the factory once a week, and the rest of the week to our office in Mumbai. But thanks to my husband, mother, and in-laws, I have been able to cope with it.”
There was a time when I thought having a baby would be an end to my entrepreneurial journey. As rightly said, when the going gets tough, tough gets going. With determination and hard work, everything fell in the right place.
I dream to be in the top 10 most influential women entrepreneurs in the country
Having started with a team of just 100 people. I have grown into a peoples person. I can proudly say that the current team size is 650. In the eight years, I have grown confident and evolved as a person. My guiding value is to deal with all the stakeholders with utmost honesty, and I have learned that this pays off in the long run
I have had the perfect support system in my Dad, Navin kaka, Parag sir, my husband, my Mom, mother-in-law, and my entire family. Without them, I would never have reached where I am fully aware that this is just the beginning!