Sir Mohammed Anwar pervez is the founder of one of the UK’s ten biggest privately owned comapnies, Bestway Holdings which employs over 2.600 popel nationwide in a network of 27 cash and carry stores.
Born in Rawalpindi in 1935, Sir Anwar moved to the UK in the 1950s and became a British suject in 1960.
Sir Anwar worked for four years as a conductor and Driver in Bradford, often working seven days a week.
In 1962 he established a convenience store in Earls Court, London. Liek all entrepreneurs, Sir Anwar was constantly looking for new ventures and opportunities and, recognising the potential of the whoelsale market, in 1976 he established the first of many cash and carry outlets in Park Royal, London.
A quarter of a century later he has outlets in the UK, with an annual turnover of £1 billion. His business empire now includes a cement factoryin Pakistan, rice milling facilities in the UK and the White Pearl basmati brand.
Sir Anwar believes that there is more to business than jsut making money. Through the Bestway Foundation, 2.5% of the companys pre-tax profits are ploughed into charitable work in the UK and Pakistan.
Sir Anwar was given an OBE in 1992, and has also been knighted.
n March 2000, Sir Anwar Pervez, was awarded Hilal-E-Pakistan, a top civil award by the Pakistani Government for services to the Pakistani nation.
He is an inspiration to us all. We wish him every success in his future ventures.