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About Shirazi Trading House

Shirazi Trading House created in the Shirazi Family and was established by Hadji Sayed Ali Akbar Tajer Shirazi in 1773 in Shiraz, Iran. It started with exporting cotton to Manchester and financial services.

The corporation was created to oversee, strengthen, and support the strategic direction of our entities in every respect, particularly by creating a more efficient organizational and operating structure to seize new market opportunities and confront the challenges ahead.

The group owns, operates, and invests in different companies across the Banking, Pharmacology, Real Estate, Industrial, Energy, Logistics, and other sectors.

With over four decades of experience, we have built and accelerated the growth of our portfolio of leading businesses across an array of sectors. These sectors includes Construction and Building Materials, Infrastructure, Transportation, Information and Communications Technologies, Oil-Field Tools and Services, Real Estate and more. We will continue to grow our core strategic businesses, however, we will invest in new trending industries such as Healthcare IT, and Education Technology. We will also consider companies that aim to positively transform business models and society through new digital technologies and harnessing the potential of the fourth industrial revolution.


The lasting legacy

Hadji Sayed Ali Akbar Tajer Shirazi, a descendant of Mirzaye Shirazi (Grand Ayatollah & Supreme Shia Leader), was born in Shiraz, Iran. Due to global business opportunities, He decided to migrate to Manchester, where he established "Hadji Ali Akbar & Sons Ltd.". In the glory days of the UK, he was famous for his honesty and professionalism. Since then, he started his business in foreign countries; India, China, Iran, Russia and England, and established his branches in Shiraz, Bahrain, Mumbai, Basra, Kolkata, Paris, Zanzibar, and London. He also took a significant role in the foundation of “The Imperial Bank of Persia” in collaboration with other great merchants of his era. He chose “Shirazi” as his telegraph Name for his communication network. The first ever phone line in Manchester was installed in his office building in 507. He founded many mansions in Manchester, Shiraz, Bahrain, Basra, and Kolkata. Mansions founded in Shiraz and the Trading House buildings in Manchester are still standing.

Our Journey

Shirazi Trading House has evolved in step with the development of the Iran over the last 250 years. We have kept up with the pace of change that technology and an evolving society bring. We have built a portfolio of businesses that create shareholder value while adding real value to the societies in which we operate. Many of these companies have become leaders in their field, including the first bank in middle east, the largest financial network in MENA, the largest cotton trader in England, and the first steamship company in Iran, to name a few.

  • Shiraz, Iran1773

    Shirazi Trading House
  • Kolkata, India1845

    East India Cotton Company
  • London, UK1889

    Imperial bank of Persia
  • Manchester, England1895

    Hadji Ali Akbar & Sons Ltd.
  • Isfahan, Iran1899

    Islamieh Fabric Factory
  • Immingham, UK1903

    Persia Steamship Company
  • Assam, India1938

    Tea Company
  • New York, United States1973

    Emertat Group
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates1984

    Golden Palm General Trading
  • New York, United States 2020

    Emertat Investment Found

A trusted business partner

with a long track record of success, solid financial position, world-class team, and wide network of partners.

A progressive investment partner, and one of the largest employers in the Uk, Shirazi Trading House supports Uk’s Vision 2035 by facilitating economic diversification and supporting societal development. The company is committed to the creation of value across all Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) topics and invests responsibly in order to grow its business while supporting the development of economies, improving lives, and preserving the planet for the future generations.