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
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.