Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez was born in Thathi, Rawalpindi, in 1935 and moved to England when he was 21, becoming a British subject in 1960.
Anwar Pervez was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1992 and a Knights Bachelor honour was awarded to Mr. Pervez in January 1999 New Years Honours List.
In 1962 Anwar Pervez opened a convenience food store in Earls Court, W. London and by the early 1970's he was operating a chain of 10 outlets.
Deciding there were greater opportunities in the wholesale grocery trade, Anwar Pervez opened a BESTWAY trade cash & carry in Park Royal, NW London in 1976; It was to be the start of an ambitious expansion in the wholesaling cash & carry industry.
Initially, growth was kept within the London area but subsequently other Bestway branches were launched in the South, Midlands, the North and South West England.
Bestway, now the second largest food and drinks wholesaling company in Britain currently operates from 17 branches, the most recent -in Cardiff -opening in October 1998. Two more cash and carry branches are due to be opened in the first half of 1999 -in Swansea and Gateshead, and other branches are planned.
Annual turnover of the Bestway cash & carry group is just under £670M and pre-tax profit is £24M. for the financial year ending 30 June 1998. Net asset value of this private company £117.5M.
Bestway employ 1,300 people in its branch network and Park Royal head office and the company has recently been awarded the 'Investors in People' standard.
Anwar Pervez is a supporter of various charities through the company's "Bestway Foundation" which derives its funds from an annual contribution representing 2.5% of the company's pre-tax profit.
Over the years donations have been made to many charitable causes, in particular education - the Foundation has assisted six schools attain Technology College Status -and also for medical, child welfare, youth sport, community assistance, notably Age Concern, as well as environmental projects. Trade charities also receive Bestway's regular support.
Bestway participates in the Prince Charles Per Cent Club and the Prince of Wales Trust and is a supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Anwar Pervez, who lives in Buckinghamshire, is a council member of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors and of the National Grocers' Benevolent fund.
In recent years Anwar Pervez has expanded his business interests in Pakistan and Bestway Cement Ltd opened a manufacturing plant in Haripur, NW Pakistan in June 1998 with a yearly production capacity of 1 million tones. Total investment in the project to date is $150M.
The company has also developed a food importing business, mainly from Pakistan and India, MAP Trading Ltd, and Bestway controls its own milling and processing operations in NW London for its principal rice brands ..'White Pearl" from Pakistan and "Kiran" from India.