Our history

Our story began over 70 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:

Converted to a friendly society called Co-Op

1938

1938

Converted to a friendly society called Co-Op

1969

1969

Converted to PLC status

1990

1990

Acquired retail chain "Moss"

1991

1991

Acquired other businesses including Eldon Laboratories

1993

1993

Set up UniChem and UDG Healthcare PLC - a 50:50 joint venture named UniDrug Distribution Group (UDG)

1996

1996

Merged with Alliance Santé Group to form Alliance UniChem PLC

1997

1997

UniChem Customer Forums established

1999

1999

Major Best Practice programme launched in warehouse infrastructure

2003

2003

Merged Alliance UniChem PLC with Boots Group PLC to form Alliance Boots PLC

2006

2006

Acquired Cordia - Cardinal Health's UK short-line business

2006

2006

Alliance Boots is acquired by AB Acquisitions Limited

2007

2007

Acquired Central Homecare, an established provider of clinical homecare services

2008

2008

UniChem rebranded to Alliance Healthcare

2009

2009

Central Homecare rebranded to Alcura

2013

2013

Alliance Boots acquires full ownership of UniDrug Distribution Group (UDG)

2014

2014

Walgreens Boots Alliance is formed through the full combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots

2014

2014

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

2015

2015