Chairman Sir Anwar Pervez, 79, has built Bestway from a single grocery store in west London, opened in 1963, to Britain’s biggest privately owned cash-and-carry group. Bestway holds a 61% stake in United Bank, Pakistan’s second-biggest private bank.

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Company details
Year2014
Rank18
CompanyBestway Group
ActivityConglomerate
LocationWest London
Sales £m*2,518
Profit £m*220
Year endJun 13
Principal shareholdersSir Anwar Pervez and family (70%), management (30%)
Staff5,645
Founded1963
Websitewww.bestway.co.uk

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