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British Industrial History

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c.1910 Founded as the manufacturing arm of Boots the Chemists

Manufactured healthcare and toiletry items for Boots stores.

As Boots the Chemists grew ever more successful, the requirement was established for a purpose built factory.

John Boot, the son of Jesse Boot, engaged the distinguished engineer, Owen Williams, who had designed the 1924 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, to produce a design for the new factory. Williams' vision was to build a huge new manufacturing plant that would incorporate the very latest ideals of industrial production.

1929 The soapworks was completed. It was followed by buildings for the manufacture, storage and distribution of "wet" goods (i.e. liquids, pastes and creams) and "dry" goods (powders and tablets). The D10 "wets" factory was the first large industrial building in Britain to be built almost entirely using concrete and glass and is now Grade 1 listed

1992 BCM (Notingham) Ltd was incorporated; name changed to BCM Ltd[1]

2013 A member of Alliance Boots; Europe's biggest health and beauty contract manufacturer

2020 BCM is part of Fareva, one of the world's leading subcontractors in the Industrial and Household, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals fields.

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  1. Companies House filing