It's some journey to go from an Idi Amin refugee camp to a £225m fortune. But it's a thoroughly deserved one for 52-year-old Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia who has just sold Euro Car Parts to a US Nasdaq-listed company. How did he do it?
Ahluwalia was just 13 when he and his family fled Uganda to escape Amin's horrendous military dictatorship. They arrived in London and Ahluwalia quickly became intoxicated by the sprawling London markets of Liverpool Street and Petticoat Lane.
Down at heel
By 1978, Ahluwalia had borrowed money from relatives and Barclays bank and bought a down-at-heel North London car parts shop. He immediately extended trading hours with the shop opening at 7am and closing at 7pm.
Sales soared, hitting £4m. Ahluwalia then went on a massive expansion drive. Today the company has 90 branches. Last year turnover hit £272m and profits climbed to £15.8m. "My philosophy is that the customer is always right, even when he is wrong," the businessman told the Telegraph.