Meet The Chair Person
Mr. Abdul Malik
Abdul Raoof Malik was born in Easton, Bristol in 1973, he is one of 7 children and he attended Whitehall Primary School going on to complete his secondary education at Whitefield Fishponds Secondary School.
He left school after failing his GCSE’s at the age of 16 and at the age of 17 he went to Pakistan and got married as per the wish of his parents. He later returned to his education and gained 5 GCSE's and completed his further education whilst running his businesses.
After returning from his marriage in Pakistan Abdul had the urge to start his own business and to be able to include his family within this business, looking at the locality (Easton) where Abdul lived he realized the need for a traditional butchers that could cater for the Muslim community as well as the other diverse communities within this unique locality so he leased a premises at 4 Roman Road, Easton Bristol, the premises was already a traditional Butchers hence it had all the equipment to start, the owners owed £25,000 to suppliers and were about to go bankrupt, Abdul bravely took on the dept as a charge for the lease and saved the previous owner from going bankrupt but in doing so also had to pay nothing for the premises lease, he signed a lease and started business.
In 2003 he opened another branch of Pak Butchers in Cardiff which has attracted the same fame. He went on to win the Bristol East Side Traders Award again in 2005.
He also won Business of the Month in February 2005 from Bristol Evening Post and the Jury’s Hotel; he later won 2nd Runner up prize for Business of the year, was shortlisted for ‘Muslim 100 Jewel awards’ by Lloyds TSB Bank and was featured on 101pakistanis.com.
Since first opening in 1992, Pak Butchers a small sole trading business has now become Pak Butchers UK Ltd, it has several branches throughout the south west and the business is now thinking of starting a franchise for others to experience and be part of its amazing success.
Abdul also helped Bristol City Council make a dedicated kitchen for Halal School meals and in doing so gained much support from local communities, he has now been approached by Cardiff City Council to help with the same project there.
Abdul believes in reinvesting in the community and has done several things to help his local traders as well as residents in localities were his businesses are based.
Here are a few examples of his work:
• The Community point office - an office dedicated to community issues and a gathering place for agencies to better access the local community
• A Traders Association - Abdul has helped set up ‘Stapleton Road Traders Association’, Stapleton Road has been talked about as the worst crime hot spot in the country, Abdul has helped turn this around by engaging local traders with the community and getting them to make simple and effective changes to enhance the shopping experience for people who visit the locality
• Police Bike Sponsorship - Abdul sponsored a off road bike to patrol the local cycle tracks and parks to help the locals cut crime and anti-social behavior
Abdul has worked with the Inspector of the region for policing strategies in the local area and held regular police ‘best surgeries’ within Easton Bristol. He was also the first councillor to open and run a local Legal Advice surgery’ dedicated to his ward, this surgery was run by local Law students who wanted to work Pro-bona to gather experience and at the same time they were able to help the local community, Abdul was awarded a ‘Community Champions award’ along with Maleeka Bokhari who was the co-founder of this project.