Poonam Gupta OBE
CEO, PG Paper Company
Poonam is a Scottish-Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist who emigrated to Scotland in 2002. Her business, PG Paper Company, is a global trading house supplying varieties of paper and packaging grades across all continents. Poonam was awarded an OBE for services to the business and charity in 2016.
“There is no shortcut to hard work”, she says. “You have to persevere, do your research and stay focused. As the world continues to shrink, make use of the global economy that is on your doorstep.” She clearly takes her own advice – the paper company exports 1,300 different paper products across the world.
Aside from the paper business, Poonam founded The Scottish Circle in 2009 in aid of Oxfam along with Annie Lennox. The charity provides support for underprivileged women in Scotland.
“Being a working mother, starting and growing the business and balancing my family life while juggling all my other roles that I have as a woman – that’s my proudest achievement.”