Age UK Mini-Bus Sponsorship

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supports Age UK.

About 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone, of which 2 million are aged over 75.

Loneliness is a huge issue in the UK, particularly as 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible.

This is why Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd sponsors an Age UK LeicesterShire & Rutland mini bus. The bus was officially launched in 2017 and is now helping to rescue older people from loneliness by providing essential transport for the charity’s befriending service.

At the launch Morningside’s Chief Executive Dr Nik Kotecha, said: “We wanted to help in some way to reach out to those older people who have found themselves incredibly isolated. This mini-bus will be a life-line for many local older people throughout the Charnwood area and beyond, and we are proud to help the work that Age UK LeicesterShire & Rutland does in the community.”

The Morningside Mini-Bus is fully wheelchair accessible and is now in-use every Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, as well as providing weekend day trips, transport to community activities and day care centres including the very successful Men in Sheds project in Loughborough.

Executive Director of Age UK LeicesterShire & Rutland, Tony Donovan, added: “We are incredibly grateful for the support that Morningside Pharmaceuticals have given us and this transport will provide an essential service for many years to come that will help significantly towards our important work in tackling loneliness and isolation”.

Inter-Care Stock Control System Sponsorship

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supports charity Intercare.

Since 1974 aid charity Inter Care has used a stock-control system to track the essential supplies it sends to Africa.

As the years have gone by the old system had become dated and inefficient, as modern advancements in technology have created digital options for stock control.

In 2017 Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd funded a brand-new online stock control system for the Syston based charity. The new system helps the charity track the recycled surplus quality medicines and healthcare goods it sends to rural health units in some of the poorest parts of Africa.

The benefits of this system to Inter Care and the communities they support are huge, as it enables the charity to track the aid it sends to Africa from the point it enters the warehouse, right through to delivery to each health unit.

As a charity which places recycling at the core of its work, the new system also enables Inter Care to maximise its own in-house recycling by replacing paper record keeping with digital records. Less paper work also means more space to store donated medical aid and less time spent looking through files, which are now accessible at the click of a mouse.

During the launch, Diane Hardy, Inter Care’s General Manager, said: “Thanks to Morningside, Inter Care now has a highly professional and efficient stock control system, putting us at the top of our game for a charity of our size.

“Morningside’s mission is to make quality healthcare an affordable and accessible reality throughout the world, which echoes that of Inter Care. This makes them the perfect partner for our charity and we are hugely grateful and honoured to receive their support.”

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive at Morningside Pharmaceuticals, added: “By supporting Inter Care with this new IT system, we are helping them to provide life-saving medicines to deprived countries, which need it the most, in-line with National Quality Standards.

“Inter Care do great work in developing countries and Morningside are delighted that we are able to help enhance Inter Care’s Quality Management System.”

CLIC Sargent Sponsorship

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supports the CLIC Sargents Billy's House

Every day 11 more children and young people in the UK will receive the devastating news that they have cancer.

From diagnosis, charity CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams step in, ready to help, support and guide. They provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.

One amazing service the charity provides is free accommodation, for the families of children who have cancer to stay in, while their youngsters are treated.

In Nottingham, a six bedroom large detached property was founded close to the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre, by cancer survivor Billy Greenall.

Due to the incredible work of Billy’s parents and co-chairs of Billy’s Appeal, CLIC Sargent were able to raise more than £2million to develop and open this home in 2009.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd were proud to help too and sponsored the house in 2016, to enable families to be able to stay in the accommodation for six weeks, while their youngster received Oncology care.

CLIC Sargent was formed in 2005 after a successful merger between CLIC and Sargent Cancer Care for Children.

Today, the charity fights tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. They do this individually, locally and nationally, so that they can focus on the important things, like getting well.

And if the worst happens, they work with bereaved families to get them support and to help them cope with their emotional pain.

MediLink East Midlands Innovation Day

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supports the annual Medilink Innovation Day

Every year Medilink UK hosts an Innovation Day in the East Midlands, which Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd is delighted to support.

It is a must-attend event for those in the local Life Sciences sector and includes a conference, exhibition, networking opportunities and their annual business awards.

Medilink UK is a national health technology business support organisation, with a strong track record in increasing the viability of manufacturers, service providers, designers, OEMs and suppliers of medical technology.

Confronting the day-to-day issues that face businesses, Medilink UK helps companies like Morningside from concept through to commercialisation and nurtures collaborations between academics, clinicians and industry.

With a team of experts, Medilink UK provides bespoke market research for companies diversifying into the sector, or investing in research and development.

On an international platform, Medilink UK supports global companies investing in the UK market as well as promoting the export of products and services to the US, Middle East and Asia.

Healing Little Hearts Support

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supports the Healing Little Hearts charity

Healing Little Hearts supports the treatment of children living in some of the poorest countries in the world.

 

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd is pleased to support the charity, which was founded in 2007 by children’s Consultant Intensivist at Leicester’s Hospitals, Dr Sanjiv Nichani, who wanted to provide life-saving help for those without the resources to pay for healthcare. 

 

The list of countries where children have benefitted from the expert volunteers including surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists and specialised children’s nurses includes: India, Tanzania, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius and now Romania.

 

Each team of specialist medics stay for one week and operate on between 10 to 12 children per trip. The charity also trains junior doctors and nurses in children’s heart care with the eventual aim of helping the centres to become more self-sustaining.

 

Since the beginning, Healing Little Hearts has successfully treated over 1,120 babies, children and young people, giving them a completely new life which would not have happened due to the severe shortage of specialists and hospitals able to treat children born with heart defects.

Blog: Benefits of Winning Awards

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive of Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive of Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, examines how businesses can benefit from award wins.

“We have been honoured to have won a number of awards over the past few years for both our pharmaceutical activities and business success.

“I was personally very humbled to be named Director of the Year by the East Midlands Institute of Directors last year, which was unexpected, and something I’m immensely proud of.

“I think winning awards brings a number of benefits. In terms of staff morale, it certainly brings a boost and makes our employees feel they are part of a successful business with a bright future. Our aim is for our employees to love coming to work, so winning awards, combined with our CSR activity, helps to achieve this.

“Another benefit is the positive affect awards have on building Morningside’s public profile – both locally and nationally. We manufacture quality medicines for UK hospitals and pharmacies, so it’s important that our patients know who is providing their healthcare products. Awards, as well as our extensive CSR activity, help create a positive narrative around our brand that then reflects on the products we supply.

“My advice to businesses, looking to win an award, is to focus on your strengths. Choose an award and a category which aligns well with these strengths and give specific examples for each question, backed up with quantifiable outcomes.”

Airport Video Case Study

East Midlands Airport video.

East Midlands Airport has included Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd as a case study in an exclusive video designed to promote exporting from the region.

The video was shot by David James, a specialist in business and strategic communications and producer of the UK Export Advice podcast.

In the video Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Morningside’s Chief Executive, talks about the company’s exporting successes and experiences, as well as the vital role the airport plays in the business’ supply chain.

The video was filmed to coincide with the airport’s announcement of record-breaking quantities of freight being handling in the year ending March 2018.

In the previous 12 months the airport, which is Britain’s busiest for dedicated freight handling, saw almost £10bn worth of non-EU goods pass through it.

In total 358,477 tonnes of cargo were exported or imported through the airport, which is 9.7% higher than the previous year.

 

Apprenticeship Partnership

Apprenticeship programme in partnership with Loughborough College.

Loughborough College and Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd have joined forces to offer apprenticeship opportunities to students aged around 16 to 24 years-old.

The Apprenticeship Programme will see seven apprentices recruited initially with the potential for further opportunities in the future. Following the successful completion of the fixed term-period, the apprentices may be offered full-time roles within the business.

The administrative roles will support the pharmaceutical business’ HR, Finance, Quality Assurance and Business Admin teams. The successful candidates will be offered fixed-term contracts initially, where they will have the opportunity to gain an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration, or an Intermediate Accountancy Apprenticeship qualification if they are appointed to the Accounts Team.

Loughborough College CEO John Doherty said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Apprenticeship Programme with Morningside.

“For anyone looking to kick-start – or even change direction in – their career, it offers an invaluable opportunity to gain excellent work experience with one of Loughborough’s leading companies, while gaining a business or accounts qualification at the same time.”

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive at Morningside, added: “We’re proud to be an employer where a number of young people have started their careers here and then moved up within our organisation to take on more senior roles.

“We actively invest in our workforce and every apprentice will be given full training and on-the-job coaching to help them develop. The programme has been set up to continue to offer valuable career advancing opportunities to young people over a number of years, so we anticipate it will grow, as our business grows, and we carry on expanding our workforce.”

Health & Wellbeing Week

Morningside Pharmaceuticals employees taking part in Health and Well being Week.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd values our employees – especially their mental and physical health.

That’s why we hosted a Health & Wellbeing Week– designed to help our employees get more active, to eat healthier and to answer any niggling health questions they may have.

Every day there was a new activity for everyone to get involved in, which included: health & diabetes checks, free sports equipment to use during breaks, sessions on the company’s private healthcare scheme and a healthy ‘fruit Friday’ buffet.

Thank you to everyone who helped organise the events and made the week such a success.

Blog: India Meets Britain Tracker

Blog about Grant Thornton's India Meets Britain Tracker.

According to Grant Thornton’s India Meets Britain Tracker, Indian-owned firms continue to play a key role in the success of the East Midlands.

The Tracker looked at Indian businesses operating in the UK with an annual growth rate of 10 per cent or more.

It suggested uncertainty over Brexit doesn’t seem to have had much impact with around 800 Indian companies now operating in the UK. In total two East Midlands firms made it into the top 50 of the fastest growing Indian firms in the UK.

“After reviewing the report Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive of Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, commented:

“It’s great to see that 10 of the top 50 fastest growing Indian companies in the UK are based in the Midlands, with two in the East Midlands. The statistics show the Midlands and the North are now tied as the most popular locations for businesses on the list, after London.

“The East Midlands, in particular, is a fantastic area to do business and it’s not by coincidence that our region is the fastest growing outside of the South East.

“I was honoured to accompany Prime Minister Theresa May on her first trade mission to India and during the visit I saw Indian businesses were very interested in two way-investment with the East Midlands and UK as a whole. There is a real appetite for hi-tech exports of products and services from the UK, which was evidenced by the £1.2 billion in trade deals announced following the trip.

“I think this year’s report shows our business ties with India are continuing to grow and this is providing a boost to the economy, as well as jobs for people locally and tens of thousands nationally.

“Morningside manufactures quality generic and branded medicines for UK hospitals and pharmacies, as well as supplies countries globally through aid agencies. Post-Brexit it’s very important for East Midlands companies to continue developing business relationships with countries outside of the European Union, in order to grow export-led trade with the rest of the world.”