Kenyan-born Bharat Shah, 65, founded Sigma Pharmaceuticals in 1975 with a single shop in Watford. It now distributes 8.5m packets of medicine every month, supplying pharmacies, hospitals and dispensing doctors via a next-day service. In May it launched MyVit, its own brand of vitamins for the family health market.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank121
CompanySigma Pharmaceuticals
ActivityPharmaceutical distributor
LocationWatford
Sales £m232.8
Operating profit £m2.7
Main shareholders

Bharat Shah and family (66%), Orion Trust (34%)

Staff234
Founded1975
Websitewww.sigmaplc.co.uk

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