Since Bestway’s acquisition of Well Pharmacy in 2014, Zameer has become well positioned to advise on community welfare and healthcare. With this appointment to the House of Lords being in recognition of his considerable contributions to Britain’s domestic and foreign trade, he will draw on this knowledge, understanding and experience in his new role.
Zameer commented about his appointment: “It is an immense honour. I am truly humbled to have been appointed to the House of Lords. I have always viewed the UK to be the land of opportunity and I look forward to contributing to the continued advancement of our great country.”
As a British Pakistani businessman, Zameer has strong ties with Pakistan. He’s already driven tremendous growth in businesses across the UK and Pakistan. He’s been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum and served as member of the Confederation of British Industry’s Economic Affairs Committee. He’ll be looking to use his vast experience to build more bilateral trade, create more jobs here in the UK and improve foreign relations between the two countries.
In his role as Chief Executive of Bestway Group, Zameer has overseen the growth of the Group into one of the UK’s largest family owned businesses, which employs over 27,000 people worldwide. In the UK, Bestway Group currently provides employment for 15,000 people.
Under Zameer’s stewardship, Bestway Group has become the largest British investor and philanthropic contributor in Pakistan, and gained recognition from the President of Pakistan in 2018, with a prestigious Pakistani civil award, the ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’ (Star of Excellence).
In addition to the UK businesses, Zameer has spearheaded tremendous growth and investment abroad with the two arms of Bestway Group that operate in Pakistan – United Bank Limited, the 2nd largest private bank in Pakistan and Bestway Cement, Pakistan’s largest cement manufacturer. The success of these businesses has shown him to have an astute understanding of the financial services sector, as well as of infrastructure and foreign trade.
Zameer comes from humble beginnings having grown up in a remote village in Pakistan, before moving to the UK at the age of 12. His remarkable success over his career led to him being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to industry and philanthropy. He also sits as a trustee for several national charities, including CrimeStoppers, Grocery Aid and Bestway Foundation, which has donated over £30 million to worthy education and healthcare causes. In January 2018, he was appointed as UK Chair of the British Asian Trust’s Advisory Council, by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Zameer will be appointed to the House of Lords under the Queen’s intention of conferring Peerages of the United Kingdom. Along with his considerable business credentials, this also recognises his wide array of philanthropic work both in the UK and abroad, and his role as Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan.