LloydsPharmacy issued its last call for entries today to its New Business Clinic 2015. The business clinic is an exciting opportunity for Irish health and beauty companies to market their products in LloydsPharmacy stores across the country. The LloydsPharmacy New Business Clinic will allow Irish companies producing health and beauty products to showcase their products to LloydsPharmacy representatives, Ireland's largest pharmacy group, and compete to have their product marketed and sold in its 87 stores across Ireland.
The successful applicants will receive unmatched support and mentoring from Irelands leading pharmacy group to maximise the launch of their product in its stores.
One of the participants of last year's New Business Clinic 2014, the Galway based creator of nutrition supplement, Revive Active, has enjoyed significant success since winning, citing the impact of the 'Lloyds effect'. The company's business has grown significantly since hitting Lloyd's pharmacy shelves, with its turnover almost doubling in the last year, from €950,000 to €1.75million.
Liam Salmon, Operations Director of Galway Natural Health Company, which produces Revive Active, said: 'Our company participated in the LloydsPharmacy's New Business Clinic last year to get a stronger foothold in the Irish market and since winning we haven't looked back'.
'Over the past year we have strengthened our market share, increased our employee numbers and are now planning further ambitious growth in domestic and export markets.
The strength, reputation and geographic spread of the LloydsPharmacy brand across Ireland offers a huge opportunity for any emerging company seeking to expand their distribution footprint. Our company's continued growth and robust financial performance attests to this fact.'
'Our experience with LloydsPharmacy colleagues has been overwhelmingly positive. Store colleagues are experts in the area of health and well-being and are well positioned to offer knowledgeable advice to customers on the product. Many of the LloydsPharmacy colleagues actually use the Revive Products and their engagement with customers is incomparable.'
Martina Doyle, Director of Operations at LloydsPharmacy Ireland said: 'In 2015 with our economy beginning to recover and new Irish start-ups central to that recovery, LloydsPharmacy is eager to play its part in this narrative. Our reach into communities across Ireland, our extensive retail expertise and our long commitment to championing Irish suppliers are just some of the assets which we hope to bring to bear for the benefit of our Business Clinic participants.'
'We are keen to meet with potential partners, with market ready products and services across many categories including; health, wellness, medical devices, personal care, dermocosmetics and beauty, to name but a few. So if you are a new, innovative Irish company in the health and beauty sector, our Business Clinics can help you take your business to the next stage. '
Applications are open for submission until Tuesday 31st March.
Applicants successful at the first stage will be invited to pitch their application and tender for business at the New Business Clinic on April 14th-16th 2015.