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Vygon features in Business Agenda Magazine 

Posted by Vygon (UK) Ltd  on 06-July-2012 
Vygon features in Business Agenda Magazine

Sue Power the Finance Manager talks to Business Agenda Magazine about our move to Swindon and how 2012 is looking like a healthy year.  

Sue Power, finance manager of disposable medical devices supplier Vygon UK, is upbeat about the outlook for the year ahead. In fact she says the prognosis for 2012 is rather healthy. “Businesses that rely on just their heritage instead of looking ahead are missing out on a great opportunity,” insists Power. “However established you are, it’s still essential to try to anticipate shifts in the market and tweak your trade model accordingly – growth doesn’t work anticlockwise.”

In 2011, Vygon invested £15 million on a new HQ and warehousing in Swindon, Wiltshire. The newly named Pierre Simonet Building certainly looks the part, with its striking, award-winning glass and steel architecture. It was opened by the Queen in 1998 and featured in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough as a Turkish oil platform. These new headquarters now provide the company with storage and office space to cater for an expansion of activities, as well as the facilities to become the international training centre for Vygon employees from all over the world.

“The new building will provide us with ample room to expand into, which will put us in a good position for the next 15 to 20 years,” explains Power. “The brilliant facilities at this location have enabled us to consolidate all our activities onto one site, which is much more practical than working on three sites, as we did before. We’re also extremely excited about the international training suite, where we will host Vygon delegates from all the different parts of the Vygon Group.”

Indeed, Vygon UK Ltd, whose relationship director in the Bristol office is Amir Yasdi, is the lead subsidiary in terms of turnover (£55 million in 2010) of the French-owned Vygon Group, founded by Belgian engineer Pierre Simonet in 1962. The group now owns eight factories and 25 global subsidiaries. It has a £200 million a year turnover and employs more than 1,800 staff. In Britain, it has a workforce of 150 people: 110 staff at the Swindon office, and 40 on-the-road sales specialists.

“Our employees are central to our success,” says Power. “As well as our extensive product ranges across many therapeutic specialities, we support our customers in a variety of ways. We have technical experts who provide specialist, in-depth support as well as training and education.”

In terms of head count, Vygon UK stresses the importance of maintaining a sustainably sized workforce, by harnessing efficient technology. Eight years ago, the company was one of the first suppliers to use e-ordering and e-invoicing when trading with NHS Supply Chain – one of its biggest clients. This has enabled Vygon to streamline operations and deliver a seamless service. This year it projects 2.2 per cent growth.

However, such an investment into technology would not be possible without support. “Without the backing of RBS, a lot of our investments would be much more difficult,” says Power. “We’re lucky to have such a stable relationship with the bank and it helps to provide us with flexible arrangements that are really well adapted to our business.”

Words: John Silcox  Picture: David Harrison


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