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Alliance Healthcare in the UK Celebrates 80 Years of Leadership in Healthcare

Alliance Healthcare in the UK Celebrates 80 Years of Leadership in Healthcare

Helping people to lead healthier and happier lives

Alliance Healthcare in the UK is marking its 80-year anniversary with a series of events and activities around the country. Founded in 1938 by Ernest Skues under the name Unichem, Alliance Healthcare has evolved to become the UK's leading pharmaceutical wholesaler of pharmaceutical and health and beauty products, delivering to 16,500 customers six days a week across the country twice a day*.

Alliance Healthcare opened its first Service Centre in Tooting, London in 1945 and in 1947 introduced its van service. As its operations and customer-base grew, in 1975 it introduced WOLF - warehouse on line facilities - which revolutionised the way in which orders from pharmacists were processed. The business continued to evolve and it acquired Moss Group, a UK retail pharmacy chain, in 1991 to create a retail division.

In 2007, it launched its Alphega Pharmacy brand in the UK - providing community pharmacists with the type of professional support they would receive if part of a managed chain. By 2014 the business, now a member of Alliance Boots, merged with Walgreens to create the world's first global pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise, Walgreens Boots Alliance.

In 2016, the business expanded its operation to Northern Ireland where it opened its Belfast Service Centre as it continues to expand its support for independent community pharmacies.

Reflecting on the transformation of the business, Mike Smith, non-executive advisor said: "I've been here for many years, not quite the full 80, but I have seen a truly incredible evolution of our business. Day-in and day-out our people work tirelessly to support our customers and their patients and provide service excellence."

In celebration of over 80 years of expertise, Alliance Healthcare has organised anniversary events across all 20 business sites for its 5,700 employees, in recognition of their dedication and professionalism to helping people lead healthier and happier lives. To mark the occasion Julian Mount, Managing Director sent a congratulatory message to all Alliance Healthcare employees. Julian said: "What hasn't changed as we have grown, is our resolute commitment and dedication to the important role we play in UK healthcare delivery and that's why we go above and beyond to ensure the best service possible for our customers. We've been doing this now for over 80 years, it really is a fantastic achievement and I have every confidence in my team to know we will continue this for decades to come."

Alliance Healthcare employees including its drivers will be wearing pin-badges with its special 80 year icon, in addition to sending customers a celebratory birthday e-card containing a message from Julian Mount on behalf of the company's leadership team. Furthermore, Alliance Healthcare is developing a heritage video that will be published later this year.

* except Saturdays, where customers receive one morning delivery.