“Be the change you want to see – Mahatma Gandhi. As a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Rami Ranger has not forgotten these immortal words and has put them into practice. He has brought about profound changes in British Society, in terms of business, politics and social cohesion. He is a successful businessman with recognition from Her Majesty the Queen five times, four times for business and once personally for community service and was made a Member of the British Empire in 2005.
Rami’s achievements are even more remarkable given the absence of a rich father or an elite education. Rami was born two months after the assassination of his illustrious father, Shaheed Nanak Singh, www.shaheednanaksingh.com, who was against the breakup of India on the basis of religion and was assassinated by religious fanatics when he tried to save students who were caught up in communal riots, The students were saved though Rami lost his father. He was brought up by a remarkable mother who was a teacher and could not give him financial help but instilled the right values which formed the bedrock of his success.
He now runs two of Britain’s fastest growing companies, one specialising in logistics and the other one in marketing fast moving consumer goods. His marketing and distribution company, Sun Mark Ltd, was awarded a third consecutive Queens Award for Enterprise in 2009, 2010 and 2011, an achievement of which Rami is particularly proud as it is only conferred on the best of British companies and to have been recognised three times in a row is a very rare achievement.
Sun Mark has in just 16 years become a powerhouse in UK exports and will this year achieve sales revenues of over £110 million and market goods in over 90 countries around the world. Sun Mark has just opened a new sales office in Dubai to help service and grow their business in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Its achievements were further recognised by the prestigious business ranking company, Fast Track in association with the Sunday Times, in their Profit Track tables for 2011 proving that Sun Mark has the right business focus in maintaining profitability while aggressively growing its sales despite the very difficult business climate both at home and abroad.
Rami is a firm believer in giving back to this society, from where he has received so much, and does so with the same zeal as for business. He is a founder of the British Asian Conservative Link (BACL) which helps make Asians more publicly and politically spirited and also helps make the Conservative party a truly inclusive one. Before the BACL there was not even a single Conservative Member of Parliament but now there are five. As a result British politics will never be the same again and will be more representative of the present day British society.
As Chairman of the Pakistan, India and UK Friendship Forum he was able to bring two arch rival communities together for the first time ever, anywhere in the world, to celebrate their independence days jointly and in perfect harmony. We now have one Queen, one country and as a result we have become one, says Dr Ranger.
His contribution in politics and society is meaningful and diverse, ranging from organising Britain’s first Hindu Ball which emphasized the contribution of Hindu culture to Britain, to raising money for charities like, Help for the Heroes and Heart and Stroke Research Campaign. He supports and lends weight to many deserving causes in Britain and India,
He is also optimistic for the state of British society and today’s tough challenges. He buys into David Cameron’s vision of “Big Society”, paraphrasing Mahatma Gandhi in saying that, ”whatever we do might be insignificant, but it is very important that we do it.” He believes in all people doing their bit to make a big difference. This time he quotes Edmund Burke and says “the world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing”.