Morningside has proudly celebrated our 30th anniversary with a summer party to thank all of our employees and their families for making the company the success it is today.
The outdoor event was hosted at Whatton House, near Loughborough, where a wide range of activities were set up, including bouncy castles, as well as traditional fairground-style games like hook-a-duck, the high striker, tin-can alley and giant jenga.
A celebratory BBQ was laid on for all of the guests, as well as a popcorn and candy-floss cart, which was a big hit with the adults and children alike.
As part of the festivities everyone came together for speeches by our Chief Executive Tim Brady and our Chairman Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, who founded Morningside as a home-garage startup with his wife Moni in 1991.
During his speech Dr Nik thanked every employee for their hard work and dedication over the years, as well as their families for all of the support they have provided behind the scenes.
He then went on to talk a little about Morningside’s rich history, from our origins of being a 100% export business to international Aid agencies, NGOs and charities, which in turn provide Aid to lower-middle income countries facing crisis. To this day Morningside remains one of the UK’s leading suppliers of a wide range of quality medicines to international Aid, and has exported to more than 120 countries, since inception.
Later in our journey the Morningside companies established a sales & marketing, Quality Assurance and regulatory presence in the UK. A focus on investing in R&D, innovation and continuous improvement led to the development of niche high-value molecules. At the same time the business invested heavily in infrastructure with the addition of 3 GMP approved warehouses, in order to build an international and UK distribution network.
In 2012 Morningside were humbled to win the Queen’s Award for Innovation: International Trade. In the same few years the first product was launched with full IP ownership and a substantial marketing investment was made to launch our Headline Brand range.
Fast forward to today and Morningside proudly delivers twice daily to the NHS in the UK and has 242 generic and branded licensed medicines in the UK and EU. Internationally, our focus remains on supplying Aid, as well as continuing to expand into new international markets, where product registrations in individual countries offer an opportunity to grow into the private sectors.
During this time Morningside and our Chairman, Dr Kotecha, have won numerous awards, including being bestowed as an OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II (2017), being named the national Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Business Awards (2019), and Morningside being honoured with a Board of Trade Award by the Department for International Trade (DIT 2018).
Morningside has also received international recognition, and following a trade mission Dr Kotecha attended with former Prime Minister Theresa May to India in 2016, the PM said: “I am showing off the best of British on my trade trip to India – and Morningside Pharmaceuticals is a great example of what the United Kingdom can offer the world as we leave the EU.”
The 30th anniversary celebration was rounded off with the cutting of the cake and a toast to Morningside’s rich successful past and very bright future.