STARTING with £2 and an old type writer in a shed back in 1987, Dr Rami Ranger CBE has a truly remarkable and inspiration story to tell.
He now heads a business empire with an annual turnover of in excess of £200 million and operating in 130 countries.
It is a remarkable story of a man whose father was assassinated before he was born at the time of the partition of India.
Rami came to the UK in 1971 to study law expecting the ‘streets to be paved with gold’ but when he found that he could not take forward his ambition he took the only job available which was cleaning cars.
His philosophy with that job like, everything else he has done, was to make sure he did it well in order to ‘stand out from the rest.’
“If you cannot do a small job well then how can you be trusted with a big one,” said Rami.
Other jobs followed including working for Kentucky Fried Chicken, the electrical retailer Dixons and running a family convenience store, off licence and Post Office.
But the big change came in 1987 when based in a shed and armed with only a typewriter and £2 he started to help customers export electrical appliances.
A seconding marketing business ‘Sun Mark’ followed along with five consecutive Queen’s Awards for Enterprise as well as one for Exporting.
Still working hard and with no plans to retire, Rami Ranger spends more time on community based work including a leading role with the Princes Trust helping young people.
He is a Government Ambassador for Apprenticeships and also advises the Prime Minister on the subject that is close to his heart.
“I am not a believer is high flyers but want people who can learn and work their way up from the bottom growing with the business as it grows,” said Rami.
“Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity for people to earn and learn.”
But he believes that there is a huge job to be done ‘educating’ young people, their parents and employers about the value of apprentices.
In particular he wants to help to address the under representation of young Asians when it comes to apprenticeships.
“There is a view that apprentices only work in manufacturing and that it is in some way a second class qualification and this is totally wrong,” he said.
It is in order to help spread the word that Rami Ranger is supporting the Asian Apprenticeship Awards and coming to Birmingham to speak.
His story ‘From Nothing to Everything’ is truly inspirational and shows what can be achieved with qualities that include hard work, vision, empathy with others and a desire to work in partnership with suppliers, employees and customers.
“I work with my customers to help them succeed because if they are successful then I am successful,” he said.