MUSLIM UNEMPLOYMENT IN QUEENSLAND:
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The Asian influence on British business
is staggering. From the entrepreneurial types such as
the Jatania brothers, to Vodafone chief executive Arun
Sarin at the helm of a FTSE 100 company, and now Asian
companies stalking their European rivals, this vast
continent is making its presence felt at every level of
The UK's Daily Telegraph published
details of Britain's richest Asians (see below).
The list includes people with companies based in the UK
who do all, or a significant amount, of their business
The list appeared at the glittering Eastern Eye Asian
business awards, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Spinder Dhaliwal, of the University of Surrey, who
complied the list, says: "What I find exciting is the
bravery of it all. You see these entrepreneurial heroes.
They never stand still, they are all going forward. It's
that pace, that inner confidence. We've been here three
decades. There is no inherited wealth on the list. They
have really used their business acumen and broken
through a lot of barriers and prejudices."
01 Mike Jatania and family
Uganda-born Jatania and his three brothers, George, Vin
and Danny, run the cosmetics giant Lornamead. The
Lornamead Group is a privately owned international
manufacturer and marketer of cosmetics brands.
It specialises in purchasing under-used brands and
companies, re-energising management and reinvigorating
Its portfolio includes big names such as Yardley, Lipsil,
Body Mist, Sara Lee, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Henkel
The company has its international headquarters in the UK
but maintains offices in the Middle East, America and
Germany, and distributes brands in more than 50
In February 2007, Lornamead established
new offices in India, as it starts significantly to
increase its business in this market, with a particular
focus on Yardley and Finesse.
02 Lord Swraj Paul and family
India-born Lord Paul, chairman of the Caparo Group, is a
leading businessman and an active member of the House of
Lords. He came to the UK in 1966 and founded Caparo, a
private diversified, UK-based group specialising
principally in the manufacture and supply of steel and
engineering products for industry.
03 Vijay and Bhikhu Patel Worth £500m
The Patel brothers arrived in the UK from Kenya when
Vijay was just 16. They now head up Waymade Healthcare,
a wholesale pharmaceuticals business. In an attempt to
build the Asian Glaxo, the brothers have created a
subsidiary, Amdipharm, which aims to develop and launch
04 Gulu Lalvani and family
Karachi-born Lalvani is the founder and chairman of
Binatone, one of the world's largest manufacturers of
digital cordless phones. Lalvani founded Binatone in
Britain in 1958 with his brother Partap, naming it after
their sister, Bina.
05 Jasminder Singh and family Worth £360m
Tanzania-born luxury hotel boss Singh is chairman and
chief executive of one of the most successful hotel
chains in Britain, the Edwardian Radisson Group.
06 Tom Singh
Singh founded New Look in 1969. It is now the
third-largest womenswear retailer in Britain behind
Marks & Spencer and Next, and the second-biggest women's
07 Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev
Sachdev formed Life Style Care with his wife Pratibha in
1987. He sold it 11 years later, making £25m from the
family's 85pc stake. Having recently sold his second
company, in nursing homes, he is now planning a third.
08 Sir Anwar Pervez and family
Sir Anwar began his career in the food business in 1963,
when he opened a mini supermarket in Earls Court. He has
since built an empire to become the "Cash and Carry"
king with Bestway, a 50-warehouse operation in Britain,
which employs around 4,500 people.
09 Firoz Kassam
A hotels and leisure magnate, and the former owner of
Oxford United FC, Kassam is famous for his eponymous
stadium, a 12,500-seater on the edge of Oxford, which
includes a hotel, cinema, bowling alley, gym, and
10 Navin and Varsha Engineer
Engineer and his wife Varsha already have succession
planning in place for the family's pharmaceuticals
business Chemidex, with both children studying medicine.
11 Bharat and Ketan Mehta
The Kenya-born Mehta brothers are proof that a low
profile is not the same as low achievement. Their
fortune is built on their business, Necessity Supplies,
which specialises in parallel importing.
12 Abdul Alimahomed and family
Birmingham-based Alimahomed recently sold his packaging
company Europackaging to MidOcean Partners in a deal
thought to be worth £170m-£190m, netting the family a
tidy £100m windfall.
13 Nat Puri and family
Said to be Nottingham's richest man, Nathu Puri has
built Melton Medes Group into a business empire in
packaging, paper, engineering, textiles and plastics, in
Germany, China, Poland and Hungary.
14 Dinesh Dhamija
After a spell at IBM, Dhamija started in business with a
small stall in west London selling cheap flights to
budget travellers. He founded Dabin Travel in 1980 and
Flightbookers in 1983. He has headed ebookers.com since
15 Shami Ahmed and family
Ahmed started out as a market trader in Burnley and went
on to found the Joe Bloggs brand, which employs more
than 2,000 people. Outside fashion he invests in
properties across London and companies such as Austin
16 Rajan and Sanjay Kumar
The Kumars' Manchester-based business has grown from an
initial investment of just £33 to an international
multi-million-pound fashion distribution empire, Rajan
Fashions. The company supplies chains from Zara to JC
17 Harpal Matharu and family
Harpal remains one of the top 20 hoteliers in the
country with his Global Grange business. He incorporated
the company in 1980 and it has been resilient despite
fluctuating conditions over the years. Its latest London
project is a 200-bed hotel converted from a Ministry of
18 Surinder Arora and family
One of the top hoteliers in the country, Surinder opened
the Arora International at Heathrow in 1999, the first
hotel in Britain purpose-built for airline crew. He and
his family own hotels near Heathrow and Gatwick airports
and their businesses have survived well despite
difficult times in the travel and property industries.
19 Rita and Rahul Sharma
Rita Sharma started her own business to escape a job
that bored her. She built Worldwide Journeys from a tiny
Oxford Street office and is now one of the richest women
in London. Her accountant husband, Rahul, quit his job
to join her and the business now employs more than 100
20 Iqbal Ahmed and family
After arriving in Manchester with his family in the
early 1970s, Iqbal and his brothers, Kamal and Bilal,
set up Iqbal Brothers to sell tropical fruit to
wholesale caterers. They diversified into frozen fish
and now run Seamark, best known for the Mr Prawn brand.
In the next few issues of CCN we will
highlight the most powerful British Asian Women and
British Asians in politics.
devout Muslim: woman who has thrown Denmark into turmoil
Parliamentary candidate, 25, finds herself at centre of
Danish parliamentary candidate Asmaa
In the land that launched the cartoons
war between Islam and the west, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid finds
herself on the frontline, gearing up for a new battle.
The 25-year-old social worker, student and town
councillor describes herself as a feminist, a democrat,
and a socialist. She has gay friends, opposes the death
penalty, supports abortion rights, and could not care
less what goes on in other people's bedrooms. In short,
a tolerant Scandinavian and European.
She is also a Palestinian and a devout Muslim who
insists on wearing a headscarf, who refuses, on
religious grounds, to shake hands with males, and who is
bidding fair to be the first Muslim woman ever to enter
the Folketing, the Danish parliament in Copenhagen.
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Source: Radio Islam
Newsletter - Thursday, 17 May 2007
A junior manager, a
senior manager and their boss are on their way to a
meeting. On their way through a park, they come across a
wonder lamp. They rub the lamp and a ghost appears. The
ghost says, "Normally, one is granted three wishes but
as you are three, I will allow one wish each."
So the eager senior
manager shouted, I want the first wish. I want to be in
the Bahamas, on a fast boat and have no worries."
Pfufffff, and he was gone.
Now the junior
manager could not keep quiet and shouted, "I want to be
in Florida with plenty of food and drinks."
Pfufffff, and he
was also gone.
The boss calmly
said, "I want those two idiots back in the office after
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