Under chairman Sir Anwar Pervez, 83, Bestway has grown from a single grocery store, opened in 1963, to Britain’s largest, privately owned cash-and-carry group. The London company also operates 798 Well Pharmacy stores across the UK, as well as a cement manufacturer and a bank in Pakistan. Bestway launched a van sales division in January, having acquired 180 vans from Palmer & Harvey after its rival entered administration in 2017. In April, it also acquired the retail brands of collapsed drinks distributor Conviviality for £7m.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank10
CompanyBestway Group
ActivityConglomerate
LocationWest London
Sales £m*3,293
Profit £m*573
Year endJun 17
Principal shareholdersSir Anwar Pervez and family (88%), management (12%)
Staff25,706
Founded1963
Websitewww.bestway.co.uk

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