This drugs wholesaler and retailer started in 1975 when Kenyan-born Bharat Shah began supplying pharmacies and hospitals from his Watford pharmacy. The firm moved into making generic drugs from heart treatments to antibiotics. It offers next-day delivery of 2,500 prescription and over-the-counter medications to more than 4,000 pharmacies. Through its Sigmobility scheme, more than 600 mobility and disability related products are available. The family business, which had sales of £207m in 2007, has recently branched out into photographic and travel services.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank185
CompanySigma Pharmaceuticals
ActivityPharmaceutical distributor
LocationWatford
Sales £m207.0
Operating profit £m3.8
Main shareholders

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

Staff207
Founded1975
Websitewww.sigmaplc.co.uk

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