A BOLTON entrepreneur who battled his way back from cancer has been honounred at this year's British Muslim Awards.

Sed Shaikh was diagnosed with cancer at the age of just 21 while still a student at university but after undergoing treatment, including an operation and hours of chemotherapy, managed to get back to health.

Though his recovery had not been easy, Mr Shaikh also his determination to good use to found eco-conscious cotton buds brand Bamboo Buds which also works to support cancer charities.

This feat this has now seen him recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2022 British Muslim Awards.

Mr Shaikh said: "I started Bamboo Buds as a way to give back to cancer charities, never expecting to get recognised for something close to my heart."

The buds are made from 100 per cent organic materials and can be used to help clear out ears and a comfortable and relaxing manner.

The inspiration came from a friend of Mr Shaikh's who produced bamboo tooth brushes, from there he had the idea to try this with cotton buds.

The Bolton businessman started the business in 2019 and since then has seen it go from strength to strength.

Mr Shaikh had previously had experience working for Sports Direct, which he had to step back from due to his cancer diagnosis, and for Sainsburys where he returned to work at eight months after recovering, eventually working his way up to management level.

His work with Bamboo Buds has now seen Mr Shaikh win one of 35 awards given out to inspiring Muslim businesspeople.

The awards are run by Oceanic Consulting and commend members of the British Muslim community for their entrepreneurship, spiritual endurance.

CEO Irfan Younis said: "Every year I think we’ve seen the best the British Muslim community has to offer but every year I’m blown away by just how special the talent is and just how hard people work to service their communities.

"I have no doubt that the Muslim community will continue to thrive and act as leaders for future generations to come."

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