Atul is actively involved in the diverse local communities where his restaurants operate and lends his support whenever he can. He believes that running a business and being socially responsible are inextricably linked, which stems back to the values instilled in him since childhood. These values are about giving back and supporting others. It is this philosophy which Atul carries forward in his business and is highlighted in his motto: “We are part of the community and it is our duty to give something back to our community.”
Community initiatives and achievements
Atul has been recognised for his commitment to the community via numerous awards. In addition, Atul’s restaurants are engaged in community initiatives across North and West London, which span environmental, sports and education projects.
Giving back is an important part of Atul’s philosophy, and to that end, he created the Atul Pathak Community Awards in 2014 to recognise the smaller, lesser-known charities and groups that make a big difference within the communities they serve. The annual event takes place in the Houses of Parliament and to date more than 50 charities have been beneficiaries of financial grants and support and guidance from Atul himself.
Never one to shy away from getting ‘stuck in’, Atul has undertaken many sponsored events for charities. Including a four-day trek – alongside his son Naman – across the Sahara Desert for Ronald McDonald House Charities, raising £20,000. In line with his passion for helping others succeed, Atul belongs to the mentor network of the Human Lending Library. Here he meets with entrepreneurs to provide advice and guidance to those beginning their business ventures, as well as those who need a helping hand in reaching their next chapter of growth.
Atul also funds the Atul Pathak Scholarship and two Atul Pathak Bursaries for students attending the Claude Littner Business School at the University of West London. To date, five students have been beneficiaries whilst studying for degrees such as Accounting and Business Studies.
Christianah Onifade Carroll was a bursary recipient and graduated from the Claude Littner Business School with a First-Class degree in Business Studies with Finance in July 2019.