Director of UK Sales, Camira Fabrics
“I promised myself in 1983 that the day I didn’t enjoy coming to work I’d leave and move on. I stand by that promise and I am still here nearly 30 years on.”
Abdul is the ever youthful, ever challenging Director of UK Sales for Camira Fabrics, responsible for contract fabric sales in their largest market area covering all sectors and all channels: A&D, corporate end-user clients, furniture manufacturers and the dealer network. He was originally recruited to Camborne Fabrics as a very young YTS (remember Margaret Thatcher’s Youth Training Scheme!), then moved up through the ranks, gaining priceless knowledge and making countless friends within the industry, not just in the UK, but in overseas markets in the Middle East and Far East. He set up rival Glenside Fabrics, found his vocation in sales, then saw his career come full circle when Glenside was acquired by Interface Fabrics in the late 1990s. Since the Camira MBO from Interface Abdul has headed up our UK sales team, never complacent, getting a total buzz from being part of making and keeping Camira market leader. After all these years one thing that still grates with Abdul is when high end furniture is downgraded with entry level fabrics: “It’s like putting re-moulds on a top of the range Mercedes!” For someone who loves cars – and furniture – that’s utter sacrilege.