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Lanes Health appoints fourth generation of family to lead business

Family-owned OTC company eyes strategic expansion opportunities as new exec takes the helm

Family-owned OTC medicines company Lanes Health has announced Jonathan Groves as its new executive chairman, making him the fourth generation of the family to lead the business.

The Gloucester-based company has been in operation since 1930. Mr Groves, who started out in the company’s production line 20 years ago, follows on from his mother at a time of “continued growth and international expansion,” said the company.

The company, which owns brands including Olbas Oil and Kalms, said it takes a “strategic approach” to creating products and acquiring brands.

Mr Groves said: “Taking on such a prestigious role at the company is a real honour and I am hitting the ground running with a fantastic team alongside me.

“Over the last 40 years, we have taken a considered and steady approach to growth with a targeted expansion plan that included developing current international markets and seeking new ones which has seen us achieve significant market share.

“We believe that two key factors have supported this success, a strong product range that translates across international markets, and great relationships with customers which have been nurtured and grown by our passionate and dedicated sales team. On top of our extensive distribution in the UK market we also currently sell in a number of different international markets and continue to look for further opportunities across the globe.”

Mr Groves said that futureproofing the business and monitoring its environmental impact will be a key focus as it prepares to meet 2030 national targets, explaining: “We are currently working with a company that has enabled us to put zero to landfill, everything is now either recycled or turned back into energy. The next focus is how the company can reduce carbon emissions linked to transport and a new project is also currently being created to utilise solar panels and hydrogen, with further details to come so watch this space.”

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