Mazen is an International Business graduate (2019), who in a short period of time has turned his innovative online shopping service 3 Miles, into a roaring success.
It all began when Mazen noticed that his brother’s independent supermarket was struggling to deal with competition from the chain supermarkets. Mazen realised that like his brother, there were many small and independent retailers who were struggling to keep their customers from turning towards the supermarkets as their main source of supplier, and thus, threatening their livelihoods.
Mazen decided it was time to address this issue head on so that local traders like his brother could not only survive but thrive economically within their communities, and so 3 Miles was created. It supports small, independent Sheffield based businesses by providing them with an online platform where they can sell their goods directly to their customers whilst simultaneously expanding their client base.
Since launching the business Mazen has seen a steady growth in the number of specialist and independent food retailers using his online platform. To date, the business has helped the city’s independent retailers secure orders of more than £100,000 and is attracting an average of 500 new customers per week as growing numbers of shoppers turn to the internet for their weekly shop. The business currently employs 6 people.
Mazen is particularly encouraged by the way his business is helping to change people’s shopping practices towards shopping locally and contributing to their local community’s economic wellbeing.
Mazen has ambitious plans for his business as he looks to expand across other major northern cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool by the end of 2021.