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Lifetime Contribution to Midlands Business Award Award 2019

Swraj Paul, Baron Paul, PC (born 18 February 1931)
is an Indian-born, British-based business magnate
and philanthropist. In 1996 he was appointed a life
peer by Conservative Prime Minister John Major and
sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher with
the title Baron Paul, of Marylebone, in the City of
Westminster. In December 2008 he was appointed
deputy speaker of the Lords; in October 2009 he
was appointed to the Privy Council.
Caparo Group
In 1966 he relocated to the United Kingdom to get
medical treatment for his young daughter, who had
leukaemia. He spent a year grieving her death, after
which he founded Natural Gas Tubes. Starting with
one steel unit, he went on to acquire more. This led
to his founding the Caparo Group in 1968, which
became one of the UK’s largest steel conversion
and distribution businesses, manufacturing an
extensive range of structural steels, precision tube,
spirally welded tube, special bar qualities, industrial
wires, cold rolled strip and spring steel strip. Lord
Paul stepped down from the management of the
Caparo Group in 1996.
Public role and philanthropy
Lord Paul has held many public positions. In 2006, as
part of his parliamentary work, he made a declaration
of interest; he was involved with more than a dozen
organisations outside his family business and
foundation. This foundation, named in memory of
his daughter, channels profits from Caparo India
into charitable endeavours. For example, Paul is an
honorary patron of the Zoological Society of London
and has funded major projects at the Regent’s Park
site, including the Ambika Paul children’s zoo.
Lord Paul is delighted to be honoured and is looking
forward to the evening saying ‘‘..it is sure to be a 

great evening!’’


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