British Asia News Network – AD
Rachana Catholic Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced that UK entrepreneur Aloysius Richard Lobo will be conferred Rachana award.
Other awardees are Faye D’Souza (Rachana Professional of the year), Ronald Castelino (Rachana Entrepreneur of the year), Lawrence Pinto (Rachana Agriculturist of the year), and Sr Maria JyothiA C (Rachana Woman of the year).
The award ceremony will be held on November 17 at 6 pm at Milagres Jubilee Hall.
Aloysius Richard Lobo, BA, LLB, GDA, GDCS who hails from Karkala town of Udupi District has been inspirational to young Mangalorean entrepreneurs. His ups and downs in the business life are truly a lesson to be learnt for aspiring entrepreneurs and the young generation today.
His wife Christine is a former lecturer and the couple have a daughter,Dr Cheryl Lobo who is a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon and a son Keith Lobo who is a business entrepreneur.
Mr Lobo has helped more than 150 Mangalorean’s and Indians in general during his business days in Oman. He has also been very supportive to many Mangalorean’s to help start businesses as well as getjob’s in London. Mr Lobo initiated the first public Monthi Fest celebration in London and ever since he has been inviting more than 350 Mangalorean’s who work and live around the UK. He is the backbone of Konkani cultural events in London.
After SSLC, Mr Lobo went to Mumbai at the age of 18. In SSLC, he obtained 100% in Maths and 86% in book keeping. He completed two degrees and another four years of professional courses in Mumbai. In 1974, he moved to Muscat as an Accountant.
He soon started a meat business in Oman and he was importing an average 1,000 tons chicken from France and Brazil, 500 tons of Mutton and beef from Australia, 100 tons of tender lamb from New Zealand and 10,000 cartons of eggs from Holland and had around 20 freezer lorries serving the country daily except Fridays. Mr Lobo reached London in November 1990. Instead ofdelving into the meat business again he ended up starting a fish business without any prior knowledge of the field.
He opened his first rented shop in London in February 1991. Mr Lobo’s hard work helped in opening a further 17 of his own fish outlet stores across London. The outlets were all named ‘Lobo Fisheries’.
In 2010 Mr Lobo started a Meat and Poultry business along with his son. They established a state of the artup to datemanufacturing factory to processes meat and poultry on a 50,000 sq. ft premises for which his son received the Young Business Entrepreneur Award. Motivated by the success, they opened another seven outlets to market processed meat and poultry.