Mohammed Iqbal - from rags to riches
Mo is a local boy made good. An immigrant at the age of eight, then raised in Stoke on Trent with his father working in a potbank - yet he has just sold his Tile Giant company for twelve million pounds....
Mohammed Iqbal arrived in this country from his native Pakistan when he was just eight years old. His father, who worked in a pottery factory, established the family in Tunstall, one of the Stoke on Trent "Six Towns". In his childhood, Mo went to the local school - Brownhills High.
But this was no ordinary lad. As he says, in the extended interview that you can hear by clicking on link in the "See Also" box to the right on this page, he had belief in himself and a capacity for hard work.
On Thursday November 15th 2007, Mohammed (better known as Mo) became a millionaire.
As part of the deal Travis Perkins will open a new warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent.
Of course, it was not a lightning rise.
Mohammed's career in retail began in 1989 with Topps Tiles, in which he progressed through to become Retail Operations Director.
He then picked up Tile Giant over 3 years ago, which he had actually planned to expand forty stores before the sale.
Mo - who still lives in Tunstall - started a foundation charity, through Tile Giant and its employees, to sponsor an orphanage in Kashmir ton provide a better environment and a brighter future for children without parents there. Kashmir is the troubled region on the Pakistan-India border, which has suffered greatly as insurgents attempt to establish a claim to the area.
Mo is also a director of the Minority Business Association and actively tries to mentor and encourage young people to set up in business.
Ventures like this have brought him to the wider attention of the philanthropic and British-Asian business community. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Lloyds TSB Business & Commerce Excellence Jewel Award.
last updated: 04/01/2010 at 10:20
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