Chairman Sir Anwar Pervez, 80, has built Bestway from a single grocery store in west London, opened in 1963, to Britain’s biggest privately-owned cash-and-carry group. Alongside the grocery wholesaler, it also owns 61% of United Bank, Pakistan’s second-biggest private bank, and a £500m commercial property portfolio. Last year, it added drugs wholesale and retail when it acquired the Co-Op’s pharmacy business for £620m. The 770 pharmacies are currently being re-branded as Well.

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Company details
CompanyBestway Group
LocationWest London
Sales £m*2,548
Profit £m*305
Year endJun 14
Principal shareholdersSir Anwar Pervez and family (70%), management (30%)

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