Celebrating Diversity & Excellence: Top British Asian Businesses

We look at the booming businesses founded by some of the most successful British Asian entrepreneurs and why they are thriving.

Celebrating Diversity & Excellence: Top British Asian Businesses

It supplies major retailers throughout Europe

In the vibrant landscape of commerce, British Asian businesses have made significant contributions to the economy.

Celebrating these companies is an acknowledgement of the vibrant contributions they have made to the UK’s landscape.

From culinary delights, and telecommunications breakthroughs, to pharmaceutical innovations, these enterprises stand as exemplars of creativity and success.

This celebration goes beyond mere recognition of financial achievements.

It is an appreciation of the diverse stories woven by British Asian entrepreneurs who have left their own mark on the business world.

Their journeys are narratives of tenacity, cultural fashion, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

This article aims to showcase some of the best British Asian businesses that have not only thrived but have also become exemplary models of success, resilience and community engagement.

Pak Supermarket

Celebrating Diversity & Excellence: Top British Asian Businesses

Emerging from modest origins, Pak Supermarket has evolved into one of the UK’s largest and most prominent ethnic supermarket brands.

The narrative commences in 1979 when two visionary brothers and business entrepreneurs, Gulam Rasool and Gulham Ghafoor, recognised the unmet needs of the ethnic community.

Being migrants from Pakistan, the brothers were attuned to the specific requirements of the local ethnic community.

This included the demand for fresh produce and authentic and diverse products, all offered at reasonable prices.

With a commitment to serving the local community, the inaugural Pak Supermarket store opened its doors in 1979 in the Lozells area of Birmingham.

Pak Supermarket swiftly established itself as a reputable and widely recognised brand, emphasising professionalism and transparency for both customers and suppliers.

As the founding brothers retired in 2000, the second generation, namely their sons, assumed leadership and infused the business with fresh perspectives and a renewed sense of purpose.

Pak Supermarket has consistently led the way in the ethnic supermarket industry.

Focused on its vision to become a premier online retailer, Pak Supermarket has recently introduced its pioneering online service.

MK Roadshow

Celebrating Diversity & Excellence: Top British Asian Businesses

MK Roadshow is an acclaimed wedding and events company that has been making waves since its establishment in 2006 by DJ MK, the lead DJ and live entertainer.

Originally headquartered in the West Midlands, MK’s services span across the UK and internationally.

They are committed to delivering exceptional service and entertainment to their clients.

MK Roadshow is well-known for its grand celebration of events that truly bring life to any party.

Their approach is a personalised one, in which they treat each client as an individual and tailor their services to meet their unique needs.

Their team consists of DJs, singers, musicians, event hosts, and sound and lighting technicians.

MK Roadshow specialises in weddings, private functions and corporate events.

Known for their captivating performances, MK Roadshow are a must-have at all events as they dedicate themselves to giving you top-notch service at all your functions.

Whether it’s Master Kunal serenading your first dance or offering your guests a live text-to-request service, MK Roadshow goes above and beyond to stand out from the crowd.


Celebrating Diversity & Excellence: Top British Asian Businesses

Patak’s is a UK brand that was founded in the 50s by the entrepreneurial Patel family which consisted of a husband and wife team, Shanta Pathak and Lakshmishankar Pathak.

It quickly became a household name for its authentic Indian food products.

Specialising in a wide range of sauces, chutneys and pickles, Patak’s has successfully bridged the gap between traditional recipes and modern convenience.

The brand’s commitment to quality and taste has earned it global recognition, making it a favourite, not only in British households but also on international shelves.

Patak supplies approximately 75% of British curry houses with sauces and mixed spices.

Likewise, it supplies major retailers throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.


Celebrating Diversity & Excellence: Top British Asian Businesses

Lebara was established by British entrepreneurs Ratheesan Yoganathan, Rasiah Ranjith Leon and Baskaran Kandiah.

Its name was created from the first two letters of each founder’s name.

Lebara is a telecommunications company that has successfully bridged communication gaps within the British Asian community and beyond.

Focused on providing affordable international calling and mobile services, Lebara has become a crucial link connecting families and friends across borders.

The company offers a variety of mobile plans, including prepaid and pay-as-you-go options, SIM cards, and mobile data services.

Lebara has a strong online presence, allowing users to access customer support conveniently.

The company is actively engaged in community initiatives, sponsors cultural events, and emphasises social responsibility.

Over the years, Lebara has expanded its services globally and has formed partnerships with other telecommunications providers.

Bestway Wholesale

Celebrating Diversity & Excellence: Top British Asian Businesses

Bestway Wholesale Holdings Limited is the second-largest food wholesaler in the UK, conducting its operations through 62 warehouses.

In 1976, Sir Anwar Pervez founded Bestway Wholesale’s inaugural wholesale warehouse in Acton, West London.

Subsequent warehouses were then established in Southall, Hackney and Park Royal, marking the initial phase of the company’s nationwide expansion.

The group expanded its reach by acquiring the Glasgow-based wholesaler Sher Brothers in April 2014.

Sher Brothers was subsequently integrated into the Batleys brand.

Serving as a crucial supply partner, it caters to over 130,000 independent retailers and 40,000 catering and food service operators.

Bestway Wholesale oversees various symbol groups, including Best-One, Costcutter, Bargain Booze, and Wine Rack.

British Asian businesses have not only flourished within the borders of the UK but have also become influential players on the global stage.

The success stories of these businesses highlight the diversity, resilience, and innovation that define the best of British Asian entrepreneurship.

As we celebrate these businesses, it is essential to recognise their role in fostering economic growth, cultural exchange, and community development.

The commitment to social responsibility highlights the holistic approach British Asian businesses often take.

Whether through supporting education, sponsoring cultural events, or engaging in sustainable practices, these businesses showcase a dedication to giving back to the communities they serve.

In a globalised world, British Asian businesses not only celebrate diversity but also contribute to the interconnectedness of cultures and economies.

As they continue to evolve, innovate and influence, these enterprises will undoubtedly play an integral role in shaping the future landscape of British businesses.

Sana is from a law background who's pursuing her love of writing. She likes reading, music, cooking and making her own jam. Her motto is: "Taking the second step is always less scarier than taking the first."

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