A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc

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Neil Pauffley wins Aegon F6 Futures Barnstaple 13/11/2016 Chairman of Bromley British Legion lead a beautiful ceremony to remember the fallen on 11/11 at 11am at Bromley cenotaph – “lest we forget they gave their tomorrow for our today “ Thames Gateway Business Awards: Managing Director Gary Lewis raised money for local hospice with winning bid for a signed West Ham United shirt Neil pauffley reaches pro futures doubles final in Hambach, Germany A1 Pharmaceuticals LTC Win 3rd Aegon National Open Team Title Aegon Team Tennis National Open Finals: A1 Pharmaceuticals LTC successfully defend their national title. Birkirkara FC v West Ham United the Football Connection A1 Pharmaceuticals founders Gary and Carmen Lewis attend the University of Greenwich, The Chancellor’s Graduation Dinner. A1 Pharmaceuticals One of the Most Cash Rich in the Industry Top 1000 companies that inspire Britain survey includes A1 Pharmaceuticals plc Harry Lewis appointed as the new Director of Purchasing for A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc Carmen Lewis hosts successful Coffee Morning campaign for MacMillan Cancer Support A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc finalist in the Havering Business Awards 2014 A1 become the first Pharmaceutical Wholesaler in the UK to become a ‘Living Wage Employer’ Managing Director Gary Lewis states that we are on target for a record year for sales A1 pledges financial support for local east London junior football team A1 pledges financial support for educating poor children in Africa A1 Tennis Academy wins Aegon Team Tennis National Open Final A1 listed in Sunday Times Profit Track 100 A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc win the highest business award in east London A1 Pharmaceuticals Doubles Duo Hit Hat Trick of Back to Back Futures Titles Marcus Willis sponsored by A1 Pharmaceuticals and managed by Pharmacist Gary Lewis wins Doubles futures title and reaches final of singles at Wrexham. A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc declared as a National Champion in the European Business Awards 2013-2014 Willis Captures Aegon GB Pro-Series Felixstowe Title Devonshire Park confirmed as regional champions A1 Pharmaceuticals triumphs at the Essex Business Awards. Battling Willis shocks 4th seed at Newcastle Futures Marcus Willis, sponsored by A1 Pharmaceuticals, wins Edinburgh Futures Gary Lewis announced as finalist for Essex businessman of the year Willis achieves new PB in ATP World Rankings Inspired Willis makes final of Shrewsbury Futures Brave Willis loses out in Preston semi-final Devonshire Park LTC crowned county champions at Sussex LTA’s Annual General Meeting Marcus Willis upsets the odds to win Glasgow Futures tournament Marcus Willis causes shock upset at Glasgow Futures Historic agreement between A1 Pharmaceuticals PLC and Westcombe Park Sports Club Queens Award Presentation Willis run ends in Quarter Final Orpington secure record win Tennis sponsorship update- November 2012 Queens Award reception – 13th November 2012 Gary Lewis’s profile published in Real Business Jason Barnett storms to World No1 ranking A1 National Finalists in the European Business Awards A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours list A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc launches new look website.
A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc finalist in the Havering Business Awards 2014A1 listed in Sunday Times Profit Track 100A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc wins the highest business award in East LondonA1 Pharmaceuticals Plc declared as a National Champion in the European Business Awards 2013 – 20142013 Essex Countrywide Business Awards – A1 is Growing Business of the YearA1 Pharmaceuticals Plc declared Finalists in the European Business Awards 2012A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours list 2012National Sales Awards 2004 – Sales Professional of the Year AwardNational Business Awards 2009 – Growth Strategy of the Year AwardNational Business Awards 2009 – Entrepreneur of the Year FinalistsErnst & Young Entrepreneur of year Winner 2007National Business Awards 2010- Entrepreneur of the Year FinalistsChamber Award 2011 – Achievement in International BusinessSunday Times International Fast Track 100 (2011) and Fast Track 200 (2012)

Company History

Husband and wife team, Pharmacist Gary Lewis and his wife Carmen launched A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc in 1986. Gary, a keen sportsman and tennis player graduated with a Pharmacy Degree in 1982. During the 6th form at Archbishop Michael Ramsay, an inner city Secondary school, Gary was one of only 2 students to pass Economics. After receiving his distinction in Economics his tutor Mr Baker pulled Gary to one side and said you are a natural entrepreneur and could build a multi-million pound turnover company. The seeds of the dream were sown and a 17 year old boy inspired by this amazing teacher and mentor. As a consequence of this experience Gary has always been a dedicated mentor to young people in business and sport, particularly those from deprived or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Whilst a Pharmacy student, when visiting Carmen in Brixton where she worked an arduous 50 hours per week as a sales assistant, Gary’s strong entrepreneurial eye noticed that Carmen had a natural ability to be liked and adored by her customers. When A1 was founded in 1986, the opportunity was immediately seized where Carmen would handle sales and Gary would manage the company and its strategy. Their humble backgrounds and blends of skills strongly complemented one another and has resulted in one of the most successful husband and wife teams in British business today.
The early days were extremely arduous with very little starting capital of only £2250 and no external investment in the first four years. The business in spite of these early difficulties and meagre funding survived and eventually flourished becoming today one of the most successful companies in its industry and ranked No54 in the Grant Thornton Essex top 100 of 200,000 limited companies in Essex.

In the early years, 26 year old Gary and Carmen only 21, were working 7 days a week in their own business, often working 80 hours or more. Carmen visited up to 40 retail outlets a day on foot which meant walking approximately 10 miles a day literally wearing out shoe leather and learning her craft the hard way. Neither had a company car for 3 years and the first years turnover was only £30,000 but it was a start and the seeds of a great company were sown!

As the years have progressed, Gary now 56 and Carmen 51 have a combined industry experience of 67 years, which enables them to use their wealth of knowledge and experience to be powerful mentors and leaders to their young team.

The net profit growth is arguably the key performance indicator for any company and has steadily increased from £3.2 million to a record £4.3 million in 2015, a healthy increase of 34% in just 2 years. The average annual sales growth since 2000 is a healthy 7% pa and the Managing Director Gary Lewis predicts that this growth rate will continue organically and without acquisition until the end of the decade.

The net current assets of A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc and its holding company were a record £12.3 million at the end of April 2015 the company is highly cash flow positive with excellent A* credit ratings and  prides its self on arguably being the fastest payer of creditors in the industry.

This success has been achieved with the inspired leadership of a growing team combined with the skilful management of the company’s working capital and employees. Current sales are suggesting record sales of £62 million 2016/17 with only 40 employees this establishes A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc has one of the most people efficient companies in the world with annual sales turnover per employee of over £1.55 million.

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