RAMI RANGER CBE In­spir­ing En­tre­pre­neur

RAMI RANGER’S jour­ney from the small town of Gu­jran­wala to Lon­don is ab­so­lutely in­spir­ing. He over­came his per­sonal losses due to Par­ti­tion and sailed to Lon­don for a bet­ter fu­ture. Ranger started his first busi­ness in 1987 with just £2 cap­i­tal from a she

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How does it feel to have won the pres­ti­gious Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the Star­dust Achiev­ers Awards, Lon­don?

Awards are a recog­ni­tion of one’s work. When one re­ceives the recog­ni­tion, then one knows that one is on the right track. It is a ful­fill­ing and sat­is­fy­ing ac­knowl­edge­ment of one’s ef­forts.

You’ve had an il­lus­tri­ous jour­ney, how did you kick start your ca­reer?

Noth­ing in life is easy and we need to sac­ri­fice to achieve our as­pi­ra­tions and dreams. How­ever, one can­not achieve much alone and as a re­sult need the help and sup­port of many along the way. I am grate­ful to my late mother who brought me up af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of my il­lus­tri­ous fa­ther who was killed for op­pos­ing the breakup of In­dia. My mother could not give me fi­nan­cial help, but in­stilled the right val­ues in me which have be­come the bedrock of my suc­cess. My wife Renu who sup­ported me when I had noth­ing. My team at Sun Mark for shar­ing my vi­sion for suc­cess and com­pli­ment­ing it with their loy­alty and com­mit­ment. They say when em­ploy­ers do not look af­ter their staff, then their staff work for the competition. Sadly, even the competition did not want us when I ar­rived in May 1971. Bri­tain was not as eth­nic friendly as it is to­day. We had no track record of suc­cess and the lo­cals were not as tol­er­ant as they are to­day. This is the rea­son I opted to work for my­self.

Please shed some light on your work and achieve­ments, awards and more.

I have been very for­tu­nate as my mother had told me that ef­forts are in our hands and the re­wards are in the hands of God. I tried to do my best and the re­sult was stag­ger­ing. I not only was able to build a world class busi­ness, but also was able to make Bri­tish busi­ness his­tory by win­ning an un­prece­dented

five con­sec­u­tive Queen’s Awards for En­ter­prise in In­ter­na­tional Trade. I have also been rec­og­nized for my so­cial and char­i­ta­ble work. I am a founder mem­ber of the Hindu Fo­rum Bri­tain, the Chair­man of the Bri­tish Sikh As­so­ci­a­tion, Past Pres­i­dent and now Pa­tron of the Pun­jabi So­ci­ety of the Bri­tish Isles. I am a fel­low of the Prince’s Trust and men­tor for dis­af­fected youth. I am Gov­ern­ment’s Ap­pren­tice­ship Am­bas­sador for the Food & Drink In­dus­try pro­mot­ing skills for jobs. I am a Pa­tron of Com­bat Stress, an Armed Forces Char­ity look­ing af­ter the men­tally trau­ma­tized soldiers. I am Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of the In­dian Gymkhana en­cour­ag­ing youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports. A trustee of the Ma­hatma Gandhi Me­mo­rial Trust.

What has been your con­stant source of mo­ti­va­tion?

My mother has been a con­stant source of my in­spi­ra­tion. She be­came a wi­dow when she was just 35 with eight young chil­dren. She also lost her an­ces­tral home and coun­try due to the breakup of In­dia. She worked as a teacher and brought eight of us up through im­mense dif­fi­cul­ties. She never gave in or gave up.

What are your fu­ture plans?

As the re­cently ap­pointed CoChair­man of the Con­ser­va­tive Friends of In­dia, I plan to work hard to bring UK and In­dia even closer to one an­other and also en­cour­age Bri­tish In­di­ans to be­come more pub­licly and po­lit­i­cally spir­ited in the UK.

What mes­sage would you like to give the young minds of our coun­try?

They are all spe­cial with unique qual­i­ties. They must work hard to be­come the best amongst the rest. They are also am­bas­sadors of them­selves, their fam­i­lies and coun­try. They should make every­one proud of their achieve­ments by try­ing their best.

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