Healthcare specialist eyes market expansion

Preston-based MDS Healthcare is looking to increase its capacity, double its pharmacy operations, and hire more staff after tying up a new bank deal.

MDS provides medication through its wholesale and logistics business to around 100 care homes in the region, from its specialist care homes hub in Clayton-le-Woods, as well as running two pharmacy operations in Preston. Through several alliances, it also operates two further pharmacy operations in the region, all under the umbrella trading name 'Pharmalogic Chemists'.

A new customer to Yorkshire Bank, MDS Healthcare has secured a working capital facility which will help purchase two new pharmacies in Blackburn. The deal was delivered by Paul Swanick, relationship manager at the Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Preston.

Javid Patel, commercial director of MDS Healthcare, said: “As a company with a growing reputation in our field we have ambitions to expand further in the coming years.

“Since forming our own operation three years ago, it has been a particularly successful period and we’re now looking to capitalise on that momentum, build on our brand, while helping to create jobs and opportunities along the way."

Ian Hardman, head of Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Preston, said: “The continued success which MDS is enjoying reflects the commitment of Javid, his family and team, and represents all that is good about the entrepreneurial spirit of the North West’s business community. “We’re pleased to support the group’s latest expansion and are confident the purchase of the new pharmacies will pave the way for further growth opportunities in their specialist field.”