Bestway

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Bestway Group
Private
Industry Wholesale, Cement, Banking, Pharmacy,
Founded 1976
Founder Sir Anwar Pervez
Headquarters Bestway Head Office, Abbey Road, Park Royal, London, NW10 7BW, United Kingdom
Key people

Chairman: Sir Anwar Pervez, CEO: Zameer Choudrey CBE, MD: Younis Sheikh, Director: R Pervez,

Director & Company Secretary: D Pervez
Revenue £3.4 billion
Number of employees
33,600
Website www.bestwaygroup.co.uk

Bestway Group is a multinational conglomerate operating in United Kingdom and Pakistan. Bestway includes UK’s second largest wholesaler serving 125,000 independent retailers and caterers from 64 warehouses nationwide.

The group also runs the UK’s third largest pharmacy chain, Well Pharmacy.

In Pakistan it is the second largest shareholder of United Bank, while its subsidiary Bestway Cement is the largest cement-maker in Pakistan with a total capacity of more than 8 million tons per annum.[1][2]

Business[edit]

Pharmacy[edit]

In July 2014 Bestway Group acquired The Co-operative Pharmacy, the UK's third largest pharmacy, for £620 million. It has since been rebranded as Well Pharmacy.[3]

Cement[edit]

The Group set up its first cement plant in 1995 in Hattar in the KP Province of Pakistan, with an initial investment of US$ 120.0 million. The plant’s initial capacity was 0.99 million tonnes per annum, this was enhanced to 1.17 million tonnes per annum at a cost of US$ 10 million in 2002.[4]

Bestway Group expanded its operations by setting up a 1.8 million tonnes per annum cement plant in Chakwal, Punjab Province, Pakistan, at a cost of US$ 180.0 million.Civil works for Bestway Chakwal-I were initiated in January 2005, the Kiln was fired in May 2006 and the plant went into production in June 2006.

In May 2006 the Group announced plans for a second 1.8 million tonnes per annum capacity plant adjacent to its existing operations in Chakwal at a cost of US$ 150.0 million. To augment its presence in the cement industry, Bestway bid for 85.29% equity of Mustehkam Cement Limited. The Company’s bid of approximately US$ 70.0 million was accepted in September 2005. The plant started production in December 2005 just one month after acquisition. In 2010 the production capacity was further enhanced to 1.1 million tonnes per annum at a total cost of US$ 70.0 million.

Over the last few years, Bestway’s cement capacity has increased from 1.1 million tonnes to 6.0 million tonnes per annum; Bestway Cement is the largest exporter of cement to Afghanistan.

Banking[edit]

In October 2002 Bestway Group successfully bid for a controlling share in United Bank Limited (UBL). This was a total investment of approximately US$ 210.0 million.

The bank has transformed itself from a loss-making static public sector entity into a profitable dynamic private enterprise. Profit before tax has grown from US$ 48.0 million in December 2002 to US$ 206.5 million in December 2010.

In 2005 for the third consecutive year the CFA Association of Pakistan conferred upon UBL’s Investment Banking Group the ‘Largest Corporate Finance House’ award.

In February 2005 UBL became the first bank in South Asia to launch the EMV enabled credit card. In June 2005 with the launch of ‘UBL Money’ a fixed instalment personal loan product, UBL became the only bank in Pakistan to launch a complete suite of consumer financing products. In August 2005 UBL became the first bank to achieve the ‘Authorised Derivatives Dealer’ status in Pakistan.

As of December 2010 the bank’s asset base had increased to US$ 8.5 billion, with UBL emerging as the second largest private bank in Pakistan.

Today, UBL has over 1,100 branches in Pakistan; a significant presence throughout the Middle East; Subsidiaries in UK and Switzerland; a branch in New York and Representative Offices in Beijing and Kazakhstan.

Wholesale[edit]

In January 2001 the Group launched a food delivery and distribution service – Bestway Direct.

Bestway Catering: Operates catering departments in fifteen warehouses.

Ethnic Foods Marketing: Bestway Group established a specialist ethnic foods marketing company – MAP Trading Ltd (MAP). To complement this, a rice mill was established at Abbey Road. The company is the UK’s single largest importer of Basmati rice under the brand name of ‘White Pearl’ from Pakistan; it is the best selling Pakistani rice in the UK and Europe. In last few years the ‘White Pearl’ brand has since been extended across other products such as flour, edible oil, lentils, pulses and spices.

Pet Foods: Batley’s has three depots at Exeter, Bristol and Luton that specialise in pet foods.

Best-One: Best-One is a chain of convenience stores based in the UK and Jersey.

Philanthropy: In 1987 the Bestway Group established the Bestway Foundation.[5][6] Every year the Group contributes approximately 2.5% of its profit to the Foundation, which helps support charities and contributes to help the local community. In the last decade Bestway Foundation has invested in 35 inner city schools in as part of the Specialist Schools & Academies Program.

History[edit]

In 1976 Sir Anwar Pervez established Bestway’s first wholesale warehouse in Acton, West London. This was followed by warehouses in Southall (1981), Hackney (1983), Park Royal (1984), Luton, Lewisham, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff, Swansea, Gillingham (2007), Enfield (2007), Aintree (2010), Brighton, Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol, Nottingham, Peterborough, Leicester, Nuneaton, Derby, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Oldbury, Darwen, Bolton, Gateshead, Team Valley, Croydon, Lewisham, Romford, Tottenham, Barking, Edgware Road.

In 2005, the group acquired Batley's plc, [7] and in 2010 purchased Bellevue and Martex.[8][9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In January 2013, Bestway was nominated for the Business of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Business | The Times". Business.timesonline.co.uk. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Expanding foothold: Bestway takes control of Lafarge management - The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  3. ^ Ben Marlow (18 July 2014). "Bestway cash and carry empire snaps up Co-op high street pharmacies". The Telegraph. 
  4. ^ "Global Cement Plant Database: Bestway Cement Ltd". Cemnet.com. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  5. ^ "The Bestway Foundation". Turn2us. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  6. ^ "Bestway Foundation". Bestwaygroup.co.uk. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Bestway takeover of Batley’s imminent - IGD Retail Analysis". Retailanalysis.igd.com. 2005-01-21. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Bestway acquires Bellevue cash and carry in Scotland". Talkingretail.com. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  9. ^ "Bestway boosts Scots clout with Martex deal". Thegrocer.co.uk. 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  10. ^ "Winners honoured at British Muslim Awards". Asian Image. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2015.