Published: 18 Jul 2017

Jennings Motor Group’s MD receives honorary degree

A philanthropic businessman has received an honorary doctorate at a graduation ceremony at Teesside University.

Pakistan-born Nas Khan OBE, managing director of multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his contribution to the economy and for his charity work.

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Nas, from Stockton, said; “I’m delighted to have been awarded the honorary degree from Teesside University, it was an absolute privilege attending and being part of the graduation ceremony.”  

Despite coming to Britain at the age of 14 and not being able to speak a word of English, Nas went on to become sole proprietor and managing director of multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group.

Today Nas is responsible for employing more than 500 members of staff at the company’s North East and West Yorkshire-based branch network, which mainly consists of motor dealerships, but in recent years under his leadership, has diversified to include Harley-Davidson® franchises, a property division and a SUBWAY® store.  

Committed to continuous development and investment in the North East and West Yorkshire, other priorities for Nas include staff training and development, as well as providing competitively-priced, high quality products and delivering an award-winning customer service.

Nas added; “We will continue to build on a name synonymous with quality and an excellent customer service.”

Over the years, Nas has achieved a number of other accolades including an OBE for his charity work and contribution to the economy, Ford Motor Company’s prestigious ‘Salute to Dealers’ global award, a local business award, in addition to an award from Human Appeal International for his commitment to charity.

In September 2010, Nas, founder of registered charity The Emaan Foundation, teamed up with Human Appeal International with the aim to rebuild an entire village for the people of Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab in Pakistan, following devastating floods.

The original target was to raise £120,000 with immediate fundraising contributing towards providing life-saving water purifiers in the aftermath of the disaster.

The new village, which has been named The Emaan Village, consists of 60 homes, a deep tube well providing clean water and livestock making it self-sufficient, as well as bio gas plants providing electricity to various houses.

Nas is determined to continue helping people in the village and has since launched a second appeal, with the aim to build a health centre.

In addition to his charitable work overseas, Nas is also heavily committed to supporting local charities and the community.  Over the past 18 years The Salvation Army has benefited from on-going support with its annual Christmas Appeal by utilising the company’s branch network as drop-off and collection points for gift donations, in addition to receiving a number of cash donations to help kick-start various appeals.

The company also pledges support to a specific charity on an annual basis.  2015 saw more than £13,000 being raised for Teesside Hospice and last year more than £135,000 was raised for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.  A unanimous staff vote resulted in the GNAAS benefiting from fundraising for a second consecutive year.

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