Vygon (UK) Ltd turns 40 and believes that life is just beginning

  • July 17th, 2013

Celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing high quality medical and surgical products to the UK healthcare and veterinary market, Vygon (UK) Ltd believes that life really is just beginning.

In 1973, 10-year-old French healthcare company Vygon decided it was time to stake a claim in the UK market. From small beginnings Vygon UK grew quickly, and in 1979 moved to Cirencester where it would be based for the next 31 years. Warehouses and office buildings were developed to meet the growing company’s needs, until eventually they outgrew their home and sought larger premises in Swindon.

In 2011 Vygon UK moved to the iconic building previously occupied by Motorola, and began to make it their own. Soon passers-by on the A419 saw a new addition to “the tube” of a 500kg illuminated Vygon sign and knew that Vygon had arrived. 

Vygon celebrates the anniversary with a staff party on July 17th, and this will mark not the end of one 40 year period, but merely the continuation of its ongoing success. Many of the people at the party have worked for Vygon for over 20 years, which is quite remarkable in the current climate.

Christine Wells is the longest-serving employee, having joined Vygon UK when it moved to Cirencester.  She said “I’ve seen a lot of changes over my time at Vygon.  We’ve grown from half-a-dozen employees to now over 130 but we’ve somehow managed to keep the family atmosphere.  I’m looking forward to what the next few years will bring!”

Looking to the future the company plans to grow with further product and service developments, with the ultimate goal of going beyond excellence to drive best practice in healthcare and the veterinary market.

Les Davies, Managing Director, has worked at Vygon UK since 1996, and has also seen a fair number of changes. He said 

“Vygon has changed, developed and adapted numerous times throughout its forty years to remain successful. Through all of this change the constant has been the energy, enthusiasm and ambition of our people in all areas of the business. The staff, both past and present have been instrumental in moving the business forward and the board are very appreciative of all of their contributions.” 

Random fact about the number forty – it is the only number that has its letters in alphabetical order!