Bharat Shah founded Sigma Pharmaceuticals in 1975 to supply drugs to pharmacies and hospitals. In the years since, Sigma has moved into making affordable generic versions of branded drugs, and today encourages customers to haggle for the best price. The Watford firm, still under Shah’s leadership, now serves more than 5,000 customers. It offers next-day delivery on more than 1,000 generic drugs and medical supplies such as surgical dressings. Sales were £180.4m in 2006.

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Company details
Year2007
Rank183
CompanySigma Pharmaceuticals
ActivityPharmaceutical distributor
LocationWatford
Sales £m180.4
Operating profit £m4
Main shareholders

Bharat Shah and family (66%), Orion Trust (33%)

Staff248
Founded1975
Websitewww.sigmaplc.co.uk

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