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Well owner receives CBE

Mr Choudrey received his award for services to the UK wholesale industry and charity

Bestway's Zameer Choudrey, whose company bought the Co-operative Pharmacy business in 2014, says he is "honoured" to be recognised

Well owner Zameer Choudrey has been appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours list.

The chief executive of Bestway, which completed its rebrand of the Co-operative Pharmacy under the Well name last year, said he "cannot begin to express how honoured I am".

The government said Mr Choudrey had received the CBE in recognition of his "services to the UK wholesale industry and charity in the UK and abroad".

Mr Choudrey is a founding trustee of Bestway Foundation UK and the chairman of Bestway Foundation Pakistan. These organisations receive 2.5% of Bestway Group's profits to spend on worthy causes in health and education, including a UK scholarship programme for underprivileged students, the business said.

Mr Choudrey had "transformed" the company from a UK wholesale business with a turnover of £1.1 billion into a global operation of £3.4bn, it added.

Mr Choudrey said the CBE shows that “it doesn’t matter where you come from, [it's] your work ethic and the impact you make”.

“What matters is that you contribute and help make Britain even better, something many immigrants do on a daily basis,” he added.


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Simon MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

so he's quoting the normal tory tripe about work ethic- If hard work made you successful then have the cabinet would be paupers and a lot of care workers would be millionaires.

Ann Stacey, Pharmacy technician

Needs to look after his own staffing levels before he loses half of his staff with stress.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Fantastic News. I feel so much better.

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

I bet he is regreting his donation to the Tory coffers beside his charitable work which is admirable.Also there will a lot of underprivileged pharmacy students in the near future!

Chris ., Community pharmacist


London Locum, Locum pharmacist

All bollocks

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