"Ambika; who started it all" Lord Paul
“Ambika; who started it all. An angel who changed my life. Wherever she is, she will always be loved and missed”. Lord Paul.
Lord Paul's roots go back to the little Punjab town of Jalandhar in India where, in 1910, his father started by making steel buckets, tubs, trunks and agricultural implements, and had a small foundry at the back of the family home. From this modest undertaking Apeejay Surrendra Group has grown into one of India's largest family owned industrial groups in a wide range of industries : steel, engineering, pharmaceuticals, hotels, shipping and tea.
Lord Paul and his brothers grew up surrounded by their father's small business and succeeded him in its diversification and expansion. From his father, Lord Paul and his brothers learnt three important business lessons: integrity, hard work and the value of close family ties.
Though the business prospered, the family continued to live frugally, following the Hindu prescription "simple living and high thinking". Anecdotes recall that when Lord Paul's mother was asked why she wore no jewels, she would proudly declare: "my sons are my jewels." This ethic of close family ties continued and Lord Paul attributes much of his business success to the moral and emotional support he received from his three brothers - Stya, Jit and Surrendra, and the happy home life created by his wife, Aruna.
Lord Paul came to Britain in 1966 for medical treatment for his daughter, Ambika. He remained in England after her tragic death in 1968 and sees all he has created in Caparo Group as a dedication to her memory. In 1994 Lord Paul took the opportunity to commemorate the rebuilding of London's Children's Zoo in her name.
Hub le Bas, the UK's leading stockholder and distributor of steel tube, has extended its product range yet again. The company is now able to offer customers the Jansen Economy 50 system in two stainless steel grades, as well as a range of other cost effective products to suit a large variety of applications. The business has also been named Supplier of the Year 2008 by Harrod UK of Lowestoft. Harrod UK manufactures a range of sports equipment including football and hockey goalposts, rugby goalposts, badminton and tennis posts and nets, athletics hurdles, etc. Some of Harrod’s prestigious projects include Wembley Stadium, the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the Manchester Commonwealth Games, and a host of Premier League football grounds. Tube, supplied by Hub le Bas, was also used for the extensive restoration of The Waverley, the only seagoing paddle steamer still in operation.