This pharmaceuticals supplier claims to distribute 4.5m packs of medicine a month to 3,700 chemists from its 65,000 sq ft warehouse in Watford. The profits of the company, started by Bharat Shah in 1981 from the back of his chemist’s shop, have grown by 54% a year from £1.2m in 1997 to £4.5m in 2000, when Sigma had 156 workers.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank31
CompanySigma Pharmaceuticals
ActivityPharmaceutical distributor
LocationWatford
Annual profit growth54.19%
Latest profits £000s4,454
Latest sales £000s114,558
Staff156
Founded1975
Websitewww.sigmaplc.co.uk

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