Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon, Baron Noon MBE
(born 1936) is a British
businessman originally from India
. He is of Rajput
He has founded and operated a number of food product companies in Southall
, specialising in Indian cuisine. His main business has been Noon Products, which he established in September 1987, manufacturing chilled and frozen ready meals, predominantly for UK supermarkets, mainly in the Indian and Thai ready meal categories. In 2005 Noon Products was taken over by Irish food conglomerate Kerry Group
. In 1994 a fire in his factory destroyed everything, however within 10 weeks of this fire the company had begun selling its products again. He kept all his staff in employment during this period.
In the Sunday Times Rich List 2006
he was placed in 888th position with an estimated fortune of £65 million.
In March 2006 he came to wider notice as one of the businessmen embroiled in the "Cash for Peerages
" scandal when it emerged that he had loaned £250,000 to the Labour Party
. He was given an MBE for services to the food industry in 1994 (under a Conservative government) and knighted
in 2002. It was widely implied that Sir Gulam had been given a knighthood, and promised a further peerage, in return for lending money to and hosting fundraisers for the Labour Party.
He was a declared backer of the former Britain in Europe
group, a pro-European pressure group
He was a "castaway" on the BBC Radio 4
programme Desert Island Discs
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