Bestway has grown from a single grocery store in London’s Earls Court, opened in 1963, to being Britain’s second-largest cash-and-carry group. The company, which was founded by its chairman, Sir Anwar Pervez, operates 54 warehouses and serves 100,000 independent retailers across the country. The other interests of the business include the milling of food staples, cement factories in Pakistan that produce more than 6m tonnes of cement a year, commercial-property development and a 31% stake in Pakistan’s third-biggest bank. The group’s sales reached £2,051m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank16
CompanyBestway Group
ActivityConglomerate
LocationWest London
Sales £m*2,051
Profit £m*115
Year endJun 09
Principal shareholdersSir Anwar Pervez and family (66%), management (34%)
Staff5,075
Founded1963
Websitewww.bestway.co.uk

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