- Friday, 22 April 2016 21:09
Taking Bestway from Strength to Strength
Some call him Britain’s answer to Ratan Tata; others call him the boss with humble beginnings, hailed to be at the helm of one of United Kingdom’s biggest private business houses. He has over 30 years of experience behind him and has often questioned settled beliefs in business. Zameer Mohammed Choudrey, the 56-year-old Chief Executive of Bestway Group, today leads the US$4.3 billion conglomerate by example.
Having graduated in Accountancy from the University of Kent in 1981, Mr Choudrey joined Bestway in 1984 as a Financial Controller and in 1990 he was appointed the Finance Director of Bestway Group. During the mid 1990s he was assigned the task of business diversification by the Board of Directors and spearheaded the business’ move into Pakistan with cement manufacturing, a business that was set up from scratch.
In 2004 Mr. Choudrey was elevated to the position of Chief Executive of Bestway Group. Under Mr. Choudrey’s leadership, Bestway Group now consists of the UK’s second largest independent wholesaler (Bestway Wholesale) and the UK’s 3rd largest retail pharmacy (Well Pharmacy – formerly known as The Co-Operative Pharmacy). He has led the expansion of Bestway Group to become the largest producer of cement in Pakistan and has also spearheaded the spectacular rise of Bestway-owned United Bank Limited (UBL) to become Pakistan’s second largest private bank.
Forty years ago, Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez, OBE, H.Pk laid the foundation for Bestway Group - a unique and successful group of businesses that started out with a single shop in Earls Court, London, and has today become the harbinger of a corporate renaissance under the leadership of Mr. Zameer Choudrey. Today, Bestway is the UK’s 17th largest private company and the largest overseas Pakistani investor in the local economy.
Zameer Choudrey’s Achievements
In August 2013, Mr Choudrey was appointed as the first co-chairman of Conservative Friends of Pakistan (CFoP). The CFoP is a pioneering endeavour championed to deepen the bonds between Pakistani and British communities.
In 2014, he beat off stern competition from the likes of CEOs of Aldi, Lidl and Britvic when he was awarded the prestigious Grocer Cup. Mr. Choudrey was also awarded the Editor’s Award by the Asian Trader magazine for his “outstanding leadership and philanthropy”.
He has also been awarded an honorary “Doctor of Civil Law” degree by the University of Kent in recognition of his “contribution to services to public life and business”.
In recognition of his business acumen and the wide array of philanthropic work he passionately engages in both in the UK and abroad, Mr. Choudrey was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen as part of the Queen’s New Year 2016 Honours List.
Mr. Choudrey has always been a firm believer in giving back to the community and is renowned for his philanthropy and voluntary roles, sitting as a trustee on a number of charities including Crimestoppers and GroceryAid, in addition to playing a leading role in the Advisory Council at the British Asian Trust set up by Prince Charles as part of the Prince’s Trust. He is also a trustee of Bestway Foundation.