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.

UniChem building

  • 1938 UniChem founded by Ernest Skues
  • 1969 Converted to a Friendly Society (Co-Op)
  • 1990 Converted to PLC status
  • 1991 Retail chain "Moss" acquired
  • 1993 Acquisitions including Eldon Laboratories
  • 1996 UniChem and UDG Healthcare plc set up 50:50 joint venture named UniDrug Distribution Group (UDG)
  • 1997 Merger with Alliance Santé Group to form Alliance UniChem Plc
  • 1999 UniChem Customer Forums established

Moss Chemist shop

  • 2003 Major Best Practice programme launched in warehouse infrastructure
  • 2006 Alliance UniChem Plc merges with Boots Group PLC to form Alliance Boots plc
  • 2006 Acquired Cordia, Cardinal Health's UK short-line business
  • 2007 Alliance Boots is acquired by AB Acquisitions Limited
  • 2008 Acquired Central Homecare, an established provider of high-tech services to patients requiring management of either simple or complex drug therapies in their own homes
  • 2009 UniChem rebranded to become Alliance Healthcare
  • 2013 Central Homecare rebrand to Alcura
  • 2014 Acquires full ownership of UniDrug Distribution Group (UDG)
  • 2014 Walgreens Boots Alliance is formed through the full combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots
  • 2015 UDG rebrand to Alloga UK Ltd, part of the Alloga pan-European network