Meenu Malhotra is founder and Chairman of Malhotra Group PLC. Educated at Sacred Heart Convent School in Ludhiana, India, Meenu came to the UK in 1979 aged nineteen years. Although from an affluent family his introduction to working life in his adopted North East began as a humble newsagent’s assistant. Inherently astute, with a natural business acumen to emerge, his early venture into setting up a fledging fashion and property enterprise rapidly expanded over the years to a multi-tiered PLC that it is today.
Named Asian Businessman of the Year in 2009, his entrepreneurial skills are internationally acknowledged. A philanthropist by nature and deed, many local/international charities & worthy causes continue to benefit from his patronage and generosity including Mitochondria research at Newcastle University and Little Angels Trust children’s charity which is very close to his heart.
In 2013, Meenu personally pledged £100k in to the former Newcastle Healthcare Charity to fund research into muscle injury in the elderly and trauma patients. You can read the article here.
Meenu is involved in seven separate industries and presides on several regional and international boards. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Forum whilst also mentoring some twenty SME’s and business start ups.
However, Meenu firmly remains at the helm on major business planning, growth strategies and policy issues within each of the group’s divisions. Day to day operational responsibilities are overseen by Board colleagues who in turn manage a workforce of 1100 staff. It is in the care sector in particular where the group is driving through an expansion programme in the North East that will grow their specialist care facilities to over 1200 much needed beds in the coming years.