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Riaz Qureshi
known as Riaz Dooley, THE KING OF THE BUCKET SHOPS , was born in 1941 into a farming family in Sialkot Punjab, Pakistan.Even as a child he was an extrovert,and at the age of 11 was selected from the hundreds of young hopefuls to play a major role in a Pakistani film,"THE COACH", about a young boy forced to care for his elderly parents.He was billed by his family nickname "DOLLY",and the film was quite a hit.After appearing in the other films, He travelled to Britain in 1963 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London.But new exchange control regulations introduce by Pakistan soon after he started studying made it difficult for his parents to continue to send his tuition fees,so he was faced with the option of returning to a comparatively comfortable life in Pakistan or trying to make it on his own in London,Whilst in London he worked as a film actor, taking any part and type of work he could find. He served behind the counter in several shops, worked on a market stall, in the impo rt-export business and even had a spell as a conductor on London�s famous red buses"which taught him a lot about travel and travellers."Because of his experience on the buses he probably has a far better knowledge of London's streets than most Cockneys!
Riaz Dooley has always been interested in international travel and used every spare moment to study the British travel trade. In 1977 he rented a small kiosk inside Paddington underground station, which he turned into a mini travel agency,called Underground Air Travel, and concentrated on cut-price air travel to all parts of the world.
He soon found that the name Qureshi was causing pronunciation problems for his British customers,and one night an Irish friend said "Your Asian friends call you Dolly-why not change your name to Dooley?and become the first Pakistani Irish man"He did,and has never looked back.
Working 16 hours a day,six days a week,Dooley steadily built up his business intrests and in 1980, Dooley shocked the established travel trade by bringing the cut- price air ticket business out of its twilight world into the open by setting up Britain�s first High Street BUCKET SHOP, the Travel Bazaar at 221 Westbourne Park Road, West London. This move brought a hostile reaction from the travel establishment who, knowing full well they could never eliminate cut-price ticket operation,wanted them to stick to their previous low-profile operation,with premises often in London's Soho above strip clubs or in dingy offices tucked away in side streets.Some tour operators even threatened Dooley with legal action to stop him displaying their brochures,but Dooley's legal advisers had studied the laws concerning illegal restrictions on fair trading,and he forced the tour operators to climb down.He is also an astute politician,and realised that a British Governament wholly committed to free,open trade could never stand by and see free enterprise being stifled by the "big boys." Dooley thus became a thorn in the side of the largest operators and the most controversial figure in the travel trade.
In 1980 Dooley appeared in a number of TV discussion programs on cut-price air travel and once the interviewer introduced him as the King of cut �price air travel and the label has now stuck to this day as a King of the bucket shops. He went from strength to strength, and his reputation became such that in 1982 he was invited to the House of Commons to address the influential All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Aviation to give his views on cut-price air travel, his views received widespread publicity in the press, radio and TV.
Also in 1982 he started his own tours to Thailand under the "Bangkok Tours" banners, In August 1983 his organization was granted an Air Travel Organizer�s License (ATOL) by the Civil Aviation Authority, which ment he could then run his own inclusive tour packages. When asked by a travel writer how an ATOL License could be granted to a bucket shop operator, a Civil Aviation Authority spokesman replied: We haven�t granted a license to a bucket shop. We have given it to his travel group. An ATOL applicant must prove he has sufficient backing and the professional knowledge to deal with the holidays. Mr. Dooley submitted sufficient backing information to prove he could measure up to these requirements.
Dooley, who is a British citizen and refer to himself as a British Pakistani has always an interest in politics. He completed an Open University degree course in political science, Decision making in Britain and is a champion of the underdog no matter what his color or religion. Among his many activities he was a founder member of the All Party Asian Parliamentary Reform Group (APRG), which was set up to make British Asian more aware of the role they can play in British politics and to encourage them to take a greater interest in the political life of the nation. He has also produced an award winning film on immigration, Welcome to Britain.
Dooley was National Vice Chairman (1986/1987) of the Anglo-Asian Conservation Society under the presidency of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and stood for parliamentary election in Brent East (London) in 1987 against Ken Livingston (The present Mayor of London).
Dooley has been in the travel industry for almost over three decades and is the Chairman of Dooley Travel Group PLC, which became a limited liability company in 1987. Dooley Travel Group provides a franchise network and training for those who wish to set up in the travel industry. He also manages and runs the Sky Travel Club and Dooley�s Bucket shop on line which provide the cheapest air fares in the market worldwide. Dooley also has a website called Dooley opened the 1st online website for Internet users namely which provide information on the cheapest discounted airfares worldwide.
Dooley opened the first Gay Curry Club (The Viceroy Club) at Edgware Road Marbel arch in 1992,which received a lot of editorial news coverage,specially on famous page three of the Sun. This news was also covered by other national and ethnic press including radio and TV. Since 1980 Dooley has appeared in the BBC 2 Man Alive Programme,(Air Fares.Un fare) Holiday Programme-Money Programme-World In Action-Thames News-Panorama-BBC 1-Channel 4 Newes-ITV-Sky News-CNN -Channel 5 Irish Tv-Swedish NRK News-Norwegian Television News-also appeared in the USA,Australia,and the continent and on and off he is still invited to appear on the Radio and TV for his views and comments on a number of subjects,he often contributes to the magazines and newspapers. Doolery has been featured on Radio/TV and in the Newspapers namely the Daily Express-The Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday-Guardian-Telegraph-The Scotsman-The Business Travel World-Travel Trade Gazette-Travel News-Business Traveller-What Holiday-Holiday Which-Herald Turbine-Air Finance Journal-Financial Times-Marketing Week-Wall St.Journal-The Nation Bangkok-Titbits London-Executive Travel-The Times-Sunday Times-The Times USA-News Of The World-Daily Star-The Sun-Evening Standard-The Evening News-Sunday Telegraph-Sunday Observer-Daily Jang International-The News-Mashriq Weekly- Daily Ausaf-The Daily Nation-India Weekly-West Indian World-New Days NewYork-New York Time- The Forbes NewYork-National Times Of Australia-Melbourne Herald-sun Herald Australia-VG Oslo-News Net Netherlands-Arab News Gulf Times-Gulf News-Gulf Mirror-Times Of India-Hindustan Times-Mind Your Own Business Magazine and many many more throughout the world. Riaz Dooley is married and has three children and lives in the London Borough of Harrow.


James Caan (entrepreneur)
James Caan (born Nazim Khan on 28 December 1960) is a British Pakistani entrepreneur, investor, television personality, philanthropist and Jenkins expert. He is the founder and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw, a UK-based but Virgin Island owned private equity company. He also founded Alexander Mann, a multinational recruitment company, and co-founded Humana International, a multinational headhunting firm. Caan joined the fifth series of BBC2’s Dragons' Den in 2007.[

ames Caan was born in Lahore, Pakistan. His father was Abdul Rashid Caan, a leather worker; he was born into a household of three brothers and three sisters. His father brought the family to the East End of London in 1962.[1] The family settled in a home just off Brick Lane, and Abdul started a business making leather jackets.

In his youth, Caan worked for his father, but he left school without qualifications at the age of 16, and left home shortly afterwards to pursue his ambitions of founding a business. He says his father took a while to offer his full support.

My father never understood why I didn't join the family business. When I opened the 100th global office of my company he said it maybe was the right thing for me to do.

Caan got his first job in the recruitment industry at the age of 18, when he joined Holborn-based Premier Personnel as a trainee interviewer. Within the year he moved to the larger City Centre Staff Bureau as a branch manager, before being headhunted by Alfred Marks, where he became manager of their Oxford Street branch. Finally, Caan settled down in the recruitment department of Reid Trevena, an incentive-driven financial services company.


Industry < GROCERY >
Anwar Pervez was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1935, Anwar came to the United Kingdom at the age of twenty-one in the 1950s. After working as a Bradford bus conductor, he opened his first corner shop in 1962 in London's Earl's Court. Recognising the potential of the Wholesale Market, Anwar established the first of his many cash and carry outlets in Park Royal in 1970s.

Anwar Pervez was the proud recipient of the order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992 and was also awarded a Knights Bachelor in 1999 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to business and the world of charity.

In March 2000, the President of Pakistan rewarded him the (Hilal-E-Pakistan) (H PK). No other expatriate has the singular distinction of receiving such an eminent recognition whilst living and working in a United Kingdom.

Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez OBE is Managing Director of Bestway Cash & Carry which operates several retail and wholesale grocery outlets throughout the UK. Bestway Holdings is now one of the ten biggest privately-owned companies in the UK.

The Bestway Group was founded and is led by Sir Anwar Pervez, OBE, H Pk

Sir Anwar is also the Chairman of Batleys Ltd; Bestway Cement Ltd and Deputy Chairman of United Bank Ltd.

He ventured into the cash & carry business in 1976 and has been responsible for growing Bestway into a 49-warehouse operation (with a combined sales area of over 5 million square feet) in UK and holding over 50,000 different product lines.


Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central Party: Labour
Mohammad Sarwar
Mohammad Sarwar (born 18th August 1952, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
He is a politician in the United Kingdom.
Sarwar done BA in Political Science, English and Urdu, University of Faselabad. Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central Labour Party. He was the UK's first Muslim MP, and an opponent of the 2003 Iraq war. He was re-elected in Glasgow Govan in the 2001 general election. The 2005 general election saw boundary changes in Scotland, so he fought and won the new constituency of Glasgow Central. He played major part in successful campaign for Govan shipyard in Parliament and across Scotland. Considerable experience in charity fundraising and has undertaken charity abseils down Glasgow Marriott Hotel and the Finnieston Crane. He is chairman of the Scottish Affairs.


Lord Nazir Ahmed
Nazir Ahmed (born 1957, Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan)
He was educated in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and read public administration at Sheffield University.
He joined the Labour Party when he was 18 years old.
He was a local councillor during the 1990s, as well as serving as a JP on the magistrates' bench, chairing the South Yorkshire Labour Party for four years and acting as a non-executive director of Rotherham Health Authority.
He is a Labour member of the House of Lords
He was in 1998 made Britain's first Muslim peer, and was raised to the peerage as Baron Ahmed, of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire.
In 1998 Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords and took his oath on the Qur'an. He was also one of the youngest peers to achieve this position at the age of 40.
On February 23, 2005, Lord Ahmed hosted a book launch in the House of Lords for an author by the name of Israel Shamir.


Information and Broadcasting Division, Govt of PAKISTAN
Mr. Tariq Azim Khan
He was born in Rawalpindi and gained a BSc in Chemistry from Gordon College in 1963. During his school days he won major debating competitions and in college he was the secretary of the students union.
Tariq Azim arrived in London to do post graduate study in Industrial Administration which he completed in 1967.
While at university he established the Asian Students Association in 1967/8 and was elected chairman. He spent his first five years in the UK at London and then Brunel University gaining an MBA at the later in 1969.
Tariq Azim was elected the first secretary general of the National Organisation of African, Asian and Caribbean peoples which was an umbrella organisation formed when 550 ethnic groups met at Birmingham University in 1976.
Since then he has been a member of the various community organisations and was elected general secretary of the UK Pakistan Cultural Foundation when it was set up in 1985. He was also a founding member and director of the UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and was Convenor of the Chamber.
Tariq Azim was elected the first secretary general of the National Organisation of African,
Asian and Caribbean peoples which was an umbrella organisation formed when 550 ethnic groups met at Birmingham University in 1976.


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