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This Lancashire company makes special needles that allow six doses of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine to be extracted from each vial rather than five. It also produces a range of infection control and prevention products, such as macerators for human waste, single-use bedpans and dry wipes at its three sites in Bolton, Chorley and south Wales. It has seen demand surge during the pandemic, with 95 per cent of NHS hospitals now using its products. HIG Capital acquired the business for an undisclosed sum in February last year, with James Steele, 54, becoming chief executive. Profits in the year to March 2020 reached £4.6 million. Last month it acquired Robinson Healthcare, which used to supply dressings to the army in the Crimean War, and will increase turnover to £120 million.

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Company details
Year2021
Rank41
CompanyVernacare
ActivityHealthcare products manufacturer
LocationLancashire
Annual profit growth60.88%
Latest profits £000s4,614
Latest sales £000s63,398
Staff273
Founded1964
Websitewww.vernacare.com

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