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Mohammad Sarwar, who was elected Britain’s first Muslim MP in 1997, set up United Wholesale (Scotland) in 2002 after splitting the United Wholesale Grocers cash-and-carry business with his brother, Mohammed Ramzan. The Glasgow-based company now trades as UWS, selling groceries, alcoholic drinks and tobacco products from its two depots in Scotland and its website. Customers include pubs, clubs, off-licences and caterers. The company also supplies 100 independent shops, which operate under the Day-Today banner, a brand that was established by UWS in 2003. Sales reached £167.1m in 2010.

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Company details
CompanyUnited Wholesale (Scotland)
ActivityCash and carry wholesaler
Sales £m*167.1
Operating profit £m*1.8
Main shareholdersMohammad Sarwar and family (100%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda