Zameer Choudrey is the chief executive of wholesale cash and carry and pharmacy company Bestway.
Choudrey joined Bestway in 1984 as financial controller, playing a key role in their expansion through the acquisition of a number of competitors. In 1987 he was appointed managing director, finance director in 1990 and chief executive of Bestway Cement in 1995. Following the acquisition of United Bank Limited (UBL), Choudrey was appointed to the board of UBL - where he also served as chairman of the board audit committee and director of UBL insurers.
Letter to the Telegraph
On 1 April 2015 Choudrey was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.
HSBC 2015 tax avoidance scandal
In the wake of the HSBC Swiss tax avoidance scandal, it was revealed that Bestway owner Sir Anwar Pervez and every other director on the companies eight-member board were linked with Swiss accounts. Pervez said HM Revenue and Customs were 'aware of these accounts and trusts and all directors were tax compliant'.
Recorded by the Electoral Commission:
|Date||Name of donor||Amount||Donated to||Subsidiary (parties only)|
|13/01/2012||Zameer Choudrey||£2,500.00||Conservative Party||Beaconsfield|
- Bestway Board of directors, accessed 1 April 2015.
- Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 1 April 2015.
- David Leigh, James Ball, Juliette Garside and David Pegg HSBC files show Tories raised over £5m from HSBC Swiss account holders The Guardian, 11 February 2015, accessed 1 April 2015.
- Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 2 April 2015.