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Working as a bus conductor in Bradford during 1956, at 21 years of age, was somewhat a stark difference from the reality Sir Anwar Pervez had occupied not too long before. However, although his immediate circumstances had changed, it was clear his drive and determination had not, illustrated through the overtime he picked up at work. He was making over double the amount of the average worker, whilst being exposed to the spectrum of people/passengers Bradford had to offer – factory workers, school kids, city workers etc. Bradford had taught him a lot.

Although the city of Bradford had provided a good start in the UK, Sir Anwar opted for Earls Court as the location to set up his first corner store in 1963, with a said startup capital of £2,200. Created as a specialist food store to serve the Asian community in the area, it was met by success leading to the opening of another outlet 5 years later. This time however, there was a slight twist: it was to be a general grocery as opposed to its predecessor. Armed with a new name, “Bestway”, the grocery store served those frequenting the area of South Kensington.

Bestway had seen noticeable success by the 1970’s, with 11 stores now opened. However, a little resistance was vocalised by customers claiming prices were too high. Sir Anwar took this on board, seeing his clear course of action as becoming a wholesaler. This would allow him to drop the 10 percent profit margins current wholesalers were benefitting from Bestway and allow them to pass this saving onto their customers.

In 1976 the first Bestway cash and carry was opened in Acton. It was subject to so much success that Sir Anwar veered his focus from retail to wholesale, opting to open more depots. Eventually the total reached 31 by 2004, with a turnover of £1.1billion.

Today Bestway continues to grow, with a total of 65 depots nationwide, offering more products, partnership with Uber Eats and growing performance of their app. They have adapted accordingly and have many alternative offerings be it via their charity, pet supplies wholesaler, export company or catering magazine. Bestway continue to provide value for consumers at all levels.

This is a small look into the business journey of Sir Anwar Pervez. Not bad for a £2,200 investment, wouldn’t you say?

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