|Sir Gulam K. Noon MBE|
Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon -- better known as GK -- took over his family sweet business in Rajasthan, India, before moving to the U.K. and expanding the industry into a multi-million pound food business. From two factories in Southall, West London, Noon Products now produces more than three million Indian meals a month. He has been identifying new food niches for 42 years, ever since he took over his family confectionery business.
Until September 2003, Noon was the Managing Director of Bombay Halwa Ltd., a company also based in West London which specialises in the production of Indian sweets. He was the Founder Chairman of the Asian Business Association which works directly under the umbrella of the London Chamber of Commerce. In 1998, he was appointed to the main board of the London Chamber of Commerce and also served a two-year term as its President until 2003. Recently, Noon was appointed to the Board of Transport for London.
Sir Noon also sits on the board of CARE International and is a member of Cancer Research U.K. In 1996, Noon established the Noon Foundation which supports organisations working in health and education in the UK and abroad. The charity has supported a mentoring service at Tower Hamlets College and The Prince's Trust; a British Library project to enable visitors to turn the pages of a 700-year-old edition of the Koran via computer, and a production at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He received an MBE for services to the food industry in 1994, and was knighted in 2002. In 2005, Gulam received an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University. Noon adds this doctorate to a growing collection of honorary degrees, having also been recognised for his business expertise by Surrey, Middlesex, Guildford and Birmingham Universities. He founded the family business that specialises in frozen and chilled Indian meals in 1989.
Gulam is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Prince's Trust. He currently serves on the board of the Covent Garden Market Authority and was voted 'The Asian of the Year' in 1994. He is also appointed as a Trustee of the British Food Trust, a registered charity.
In the Sunday Times Rich List 2006, Noon was placed in the 888th position with an estimated fortune of £65 million.
http://www.noon.co.uk/ - Noon Products, Company Website
http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article1962418.ece - Sir Gulam K. Noon article, The Independent, 8 November 2006
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/desertislanddiscs_20040307.shtml - Sir Gulam K. Noon profile, BBC
http://www.fpb.co.uk/YfokiaNo5lMmUA.html - Sir Gulam K. Noon success story, Fighting for Private Businesses (FPB)