An outstanding alumnus

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Manchester Business School MBA alumnus, Adam Umarji, has recently been awarded The University of Manchester’s Outstanding Alumnus of Year award for 2013.

Adam was presented with the award by the University’s Chancellor Tom Bloxham, MBE, for his contribution to education and the community. He addressed the graduating MBA class of 2013 and spoke movingly of the opportunities afforded to him by the UK and the importance of giving back to society.

Adam and his family came to Britain after being expelled from the Seychelles during the 1970s coup and settled in Bolton. Deciding his talents lay in entrepreneurship and wanting to stand on his own two feet, he started trading with the Seychelles from Bolton, which led to the establishment of General Traffic Ltd in 1983.

General Traffic is now one of UK’s leading suppliers of car tyres, spares and exhausts to trade customers, from small and medium sized independent garages to main dealers and national chains. The company has grown to 18 branches across the North West and provides employment for over 300 people. Adam generously attributes much of his continued and growing business success to the skills he learned as an MBA student at Manchester in 2004.

Adam and the Umarji family take their civic responsibilities seriously, supporting the local community from which he and his company have benefited.  Adam is particularly committed to education and is a trustee of the Essa Foundation. He has given significantly to help establish the Essa Academy to improve the prospects of young people in Bolton. General Traffic has also made a significant donation to support the redevelopment of the MBS estate.

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