Perween Warsi CBE
Perween Warsi is a self-made millionaire whose managerial skills have awarded her company, S&A Foods some 20 accolades for excellence. She was awarded an honorary MBA by the University of Derby and an MBE in the British New Year´s Honours list.
Born in Bihar, north India, Perween married at the age of 17 and migrated to the UK with her husband in 1975.
She established her company, S&A Foods – named after her sons Sadiq and Abid ? in 1986, from a single vision. She wanted ‘to see the whole British nation enjoying [her] food.’
S&A Foods grew into a large booming industry carrying a cuisine line including Indian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, and traditional English meals.
Perween secured contracts with British Airways, Shell garages, and restaurants. Further contracts were signed to supply Asda, Safeway and Tesco as well as other international chains, boosting the company’s export trade.
With a turnover approaching £90 million, S&A Foods employs 1,300 people and makes 1,500,000 meals a week.
In 2000, Perween was awarded the Ummul Mu’minin Khadija for excellence in enterprise by the Muslim News. She also received the prestigious CBE award in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours list and the Ashridge International Leadership Conference accolade for outstanding leadership in 2002.