Two Lancashire brothers who have supported medical camps in Kenya have been praised for ‘building a better working world’ by scooping the overall winner accolade in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Mohsin and Zuber Issa, the co-founders and co-CEOs of the EG Group were recognised for the positive impact they are making to communities both locally and globally.
The Blackburn-based brothers launched their business in 2001 with a single petrol forecourt in Bury which they ran themselves.
Now a leading independent forecourt operator, the company operates across seven European markets and the US and employs over 20,000 colleagues. The business has strategic partnerships with leading retail brands such as ESSO, BP, Shell, Starbucks, Subway, KFC, Burger King, Greggs, SPAR, Louis Delhaize, Carrefour and Cactus.
Mohsin and Zuber have transformed the forecourt consumer experience by the introduction of leading retail brands which offer a premium fuel, convenience store and food-to-go retail proposition.
The brothers also set up the ISSA Foundation, which supports individuals, communities and organisations, both domestically and internationally, with activities that promote education, health and addresses poverty.
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Domestically, their foundation has funded projects which have paid for an MRI scanner for Blackburn Royal Hospital, supported two nursing roles at East Lancashire Hospice, and founding the Blackburn Youth Zone, which aims to change the prospects offered to young people in the area.
In addition to supporting the medical camps in Kenya, they have also supported food programmes in India, Malawi and Sierra Leone, water wells, and pre and post-natal care at clinics in African Countries.
Mohsin and Zuber Issa will now represent the UK at EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monaco next year.