Our history

Our story began over 80 years ago when pharmacist Ernest Skues founded UniChem, the London based cooperative financed and managed by local independent pharmacists.

Today, Alliance Healthcare has evolved to become one of the UK's leading pharmaceutical wholesaler and distributor, and is a member of Walgreens Boots Alliance, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group.

 

 

How we became the company we are today:

Unichem founded by Ernest Skues to serve independent pharmacies. It began with just 100 members

1938

1938

First Service Centre opens in Tooting, south London

1945

1945

Van service is introduced, today we have 1,940 vehicles

1947

1947

Nuneaton Service Centre opens

1960

1960

Leeds Service Centre opens

1964

1964

Converts to a Friendly Society (Co-op)

1969

1969

Eighth Service Centre opens in Swansea

1972

1972

Eleventh Service Centre opens in Exeter

1976

1976

Hinckley Service Centre opens

1982

1982

NWOS founded

1987

1987

Service Centre opens in Letchworth

1990

1990

Moss group, a UK retail pharmacy chain is acquired

1991

1991

South Normanton Central Service Centre is built

1993

1993

Newcastle Service Centre opens

1994

1994

OTC established

1996

1996

Alliance UniChem plc is formed when UniChem merged with Alliance Sante group

1997

1997

Cavendish opens in 1999 after moving from a small building at Jury Street in Leigh

1999

1999

Almus brand launches in the UK and is a catalyst for change in the generics medicines industry

2003

2003

Alliance UniChem acquires Alloga, as well as Spanish farmaceutical wholesaler Farmacen, and the Bairds Chemist retail business in Northen Ireland

2005

2005

Alliance UniChem merges with Boots to become Alliance Boots

2006

2006

Alphega Pharmacy brand launches in the UK

2007

2007

Central Homecare, which later becomes Alcura, is acquired

2008

2008

Alliance Boots rebrands to Alliance Healthcare

2009

2009

Nottingham Service Centre opens

2011

2011

Alliance Healthcare announces strategic partnership with Wallgreens

2012

2012

Walgreens Boots Alliance completes merger and forms the world's first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise

2014

2014

Acquires full ownership of UniDrug Distribution Group (UDG)

2014

2014

UDG rebrands to Alloga UK Ltd, part of the Alloga pan-European network

2015

2015

Belfast Service Centre opens

2016

2016

Forte, our dispensing doctors partner, is acquired

2017

2017

Inaugurations of Central Customer Service and Coatbridge Service Centre

2017

2017