Another inspirational next generation story and one of commitment, determination and drive. Like many family firms there is a need to evolve the business model and Lavanya is dealing with the threat of 'women dressing in western and less traditional clothing' by introducing ecommerce and new product lines. She worked outside the business to gain experience first.
It should also be pointed out that this is not a small firm, with revenues of £76 million and the next generation are really making a stamp on this business.
It is a clear case of the next generation having the passion for the family firm, pride in what they do and the relevant experience and skills to take the family business on the next stage of the journey and build on the legacy of the previous generations.
As Lavanya Nalli walks through her main sari shop her eyes light up. The 32-year-old talks of the pride she feels in leading a business that has been run by her family for 88 years. The store in the southern Indian city of Chennai was first opened by her great-great-grandfather in 1928. Over the decades Nalli has become one of India's best-known brands of saris