CONTROVERSIAL Dewsbury businessman and Labour Party fixer Tahir ‘Terry’ Zaman’s latest venture appears to be into the world of international charity – despite one of his businesses being put into administration with debts of over £1.1million.
Zaman, who at various times has been everything from a taxi driver, bed company MD, property magnate and mosque builder to landlord of disgraced former MP Shahid Malik, is now reported to be dispensing charity overseas.
He registered the Zaman Foundation, based at his house in Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury Moor, as a charity in September 2012, after forming it as a company in April 2012.
Meanwhile his firm Joseph International, which Zaman has registered in Manchester but which trades from a mill in Bradley, Huddersfield, was put into administration on June 6.
He still appears to be selling beds, however. On Tuesday an employee said that they were open for business although beds could take “10 to 14 days” to be delivered – despite their website promising next-day delivery.
That could be because Zaman founded a new company in March, Bed & Sofa Factory Ltd along with his 21-year-old son Yusuf, based in Bradley. Between them they are involved in a web of companies and online trading sites selling beds, with a hefty presence on eBay.
Yusuf Zaman is listed at Companies House as a director of YESY Ltd based at a house in Old Mill View, Dewsbury – also the registered office of a company called Bedz Online whose director is a Mohammed Baig.
Yusuf Zaman was also a director of Express Beds Ltd along with his father, registered at the family address in Heckmondwike Road between April and June of this year.
Although the Charity Commission has no details of the Zaman Foundation’s activities, it states that it works to care for the poor, sick and needy throughout England and Wales, in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia.
It claims to provide grants to individuals and organisations, provides them with buildings and sponsors or undertakes research.
Its trustees are Zaman and his wife Noreen.
Zaman remains busy in property development and despite him being convicted of being a slum landlord in 2005, and having to repay Kirklees Council £5,000 in grants, Kirklees has again approved grant funding of tens of thousands of pounds for him to redevelop Mr Malik’s old
constituency offices in Daisy Hill into flats. Mr Zaman declined to return our calls.