My Father Nemet Ali was only 15 years old hen he made the 6,000 mile journey from Pakistan to Moray in 1954. He arrived from Faisalabad to the Lossiemouth home of his uncle Ghulam Muhammad with little more than the 10 shillings in his pocket.
He began his working life by going door-to-door selling clothes out of a suitcase.
After establishing himself and moving to Buckie, he grew up with his clientele, developed tremendous loyalty from his customers and blossomed into a highly successful businessman.
He set up Buckie Furniture Centre in the town’s West Church Street in 1980, he also had a special affinity with Elgin. He set up Elgin Drapery and also won numerous awards during his time as a restaurateur with Naseeb Indian Restaurant in Elgin and Nemat Tandoori in Buckie. He also had the Ballerina Ballroom in Nairn.
I helped from an early age – after school, at the weekends and during the holidays. In 1992, I joined dad full time as a partner and we worked together until he sadly passed away in 2015.
We’ve always been a family business and that continues today, with my wife, Robina, and our three children, Samera, Abid, Amir, all contributing. We celebrated 40 years in 2020 and we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the long hours, hard work and the learning I took from my Father.
As we move more into online sales our shop in Buckie will continue to be the heart of the business as its important to try products such as beds before you buy. Also my commute to work is less than 60 secs. I think I’m the only furniture retailer in the area that can say they live right next door to their shop. This allow so much flexibility with customers as we will also try to be accommodating when it comes to viewing furniture as we know many people work different hours to our opening hours so if asked we will if able open up outside our normal hours.