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Salim Kholwadia

Salim Kholwadia

Salim Ismail Kholwadia MBE was the first person of Asian descent to be born in Gloucestershire.

Salim Kholwadia being presented to the Queen

His parents came from a village called Makhinga in Gujarat India. Salim attended Tredworth and Linden Boys School.

He has also attended Gloucester and Stroud Technical Colleges and was awarded the Outstanding Adult Learner's Award by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.

»More about Salim Kholwadia's learning award

Salim has worked for ABM Chemicals Ltd, Trident General Insurance and Dowty Aerospace. He is currently employed at HM Customs and Excise. He works in a highly-specialised team which controls some of the largest UK businesses for VAT and insurance premium tax.

Salim Kholwadia (second left) uses his computer skills to help his family and the wider community. (Picture: Alexander Caminada)
Salim Kholwadia (second left) uses his computer skills to help his family and the wider community

It was for his highly commendable work in this field that the Queen awarded him the MBE in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace - it is believed that Salim was the first Muslim British citizen of Gujerati descent to be honoured in this way in UK history.

Salim has one brother named Shoieb, who with his father Ismail and Salim's wife Zubeda, went to Buckingham Palace where Salim had a short conversation with Queen Elizabeth before she pinned the medal on him.

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