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LADs Set Goal At 16 To 'Retire' Their Mum And They've Done It

LADs Set Goal At 16 To 'Retire' Their Mum And They've Done It

When 16-year-old Jhai Dhillon and his brother Simmy started to put together a plan for the company they'd been dreaming of starting, one of their main goals was to 'retire' their mum.

Fast forward seven years and the LADs - who own meal preparation business Rice n Spice Meals - have finally done what the majority of us could only wish to do and gave their mum the chance to retire from her job at Tesco.

Kal Dhillon, 49, now has security for the rest of her life, leaving her with the freedom to do whatever she wishes with her days.

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Mum's worked in the same job since before I was born. It's unglamorous yet it provided her with the flexibility to spend time with us growing up :innocent::wave::boy::boy: - When I turned 18, I became aware that we'd prevented Mum from having a career. I felt guilty so I promised Mum that I'd find her a new career. I quickly realised that the world doesn't make it easy for a woman to spend 20 years prioritising her kids, and then start a 'career' :confused: - There were options available, yet I knew none would improve Mum's quality of life. Jobs would pay more, yet they'd be unfulfilling. Courses promised development, yet weren't designed for someone who hadn't seen a classroom in 2 decades - Failing to accept defeat, I had one last idea - I told mum that the best way for her to learn & develop would be to work in a business which I created, so that I could teach her - Fast forward 5 years and this week, Mum turns 49. She's been helping us with RNS for 3 years whilst reducing hours in her current job. We challenge her to solve problems. We give her responsibility to lead. We encourage her to innovate :thought_balloon: - Today, Mum visited Bristol & I was able to give her the green light: "Hand in your notice Mum, you'll never work for anyone else again." :green_heart: - It's incredible what impact you can have on people when you invest time into their development. It's what we seek to do with all of our clients & staff, not just with Mum, and that will never change - Visit RNSMEALS.COM and we'll treat you the way we treat our Mum :wave::green_heart:
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Over the years Jhai and Simmy, now 24 and 23 respectively, have built a client base which includes celebrities such as Leicester City midfielder Demarai Gray, striker for Wycombe Wanderers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Love Island contestant Molly-Mae Hague.

Speaking to LADbible, 24-year-old ex-professional footballer Jhai Dhillon explained: "When my brother and I got to around 16/18 years old, we realised that mum had essentially given up her chance of a career, as her 'job' was raising my brother and I when we were younger.

"It wasn't until we were older that we realised what she'd given up to ensure we'd never go without and we were always looked after."

Jhai and Simmy with their mum Kal. Credit: Jhai Dhillon/Rice n Spice
Jhai and Simmy with their mum Kal. Credit: Jhai Dhillon/Rice n Spice
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He continued: "So when we were old enough to not need her looking after us, it was really difficult for her to essentially start a career again, so she had to take part-time jobs in supermarkets.

"When we started the business we realised that we could essentially build something that would provide her with a role that she'd enjoy doing and she'd essentially become a manager rather than being a general staff member at Tesco.

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"As the business grew, we gradually reduced the days she was working at Tesco as we could support her financially in return for her helping out at the business."

Jhai Dhillon (R) and Simmy Dhillon (L). Credit: Jhai Dhillon/Rice n Spice
Jhai Dhillon (R) and Simmy Dhillon (L). Credit: Jhai Dhillon/Rice n Spice
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"This continued until eventually in December 2019, she handed in her notice at Tesco and has essentially been retired since then.

"She helps out with the business a couple of times a week by managing the shifts and sits in on meetings and calls on strategy or marketing. But she now does this as she enjoys it and it's her 'new baby' rather than because she has to for work.

"She spends the rest of her week, reading, going to the gym or doing yoga now."

Adebayo Akinfenwa, one of Jhai and Simmy's clients. Credit: Jhai Dhillon/Rice n Spice
Adebayo Akinfenwa, one of Jhai and Simmy's clients. Credit: Jhai Dhillon/Rice n Spice
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Speaking about the company growth, Jhai went on: "Initially my brother started the business at university in Bristol which was in February 2017 - we're actually three years old this week. It was only aimed at students [at the beginning]. It worked really well, so he pushed me to start it in our home town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire in around April 2017.

"It was just me and my mum in the Hitchin branch and Simmy would help when back from uni over summer. He decided to take a gap year from uni last year and I decided to stop playing football. During that 12 month period we went from just us three, to having 16 staff."

Rice n Spice is a meal preparation company that provides people with healthy meals which are delivered chilled on Sunday for clients to use throughout the week.

To find out more you can visit the website here.

Featured Image Credit: Jhai Dhillon/Rice n Spice

Topics: Daily Ladness, Interesting, Community

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]