It was celebration at the double for a medical company in Hemel Hempstead – 50 years of trading in the UK and rewards for longest-serving staff.
Drager Medical, which has had its HQ in Hemel Hemsptead since 1968, invited business leaders, staff and customers to a get-together at Apsley’s Shendish Manor Hotel, where they heard highlights of the company’s history in the UK and had a chance to view some of its products.
The company – with offices on the Maylands Industrial Estate – is at the forefront of the medical supplies industry and provides essential equipment such as neonatal incubators, ventilators, monitors and anaesthetic machines to more than 100 hospitals in the UK and Ireland, including Watford General and Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury.
More recently, the company was in the news when it donated an incubator to Edinburgh Zoo in anticipation of the arrival of the first UK-born panda cub.
UK managing director Mike Norris said: “We are extremely proud to be celebrating 50 years of business in the UK. Our products make a real difference to people’s lives – saving and protecting them on a daily basis.
“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate and share our achievements with so many of our loyal customers, friends and staff.
“We’re now looking forward to next 50 years of growth.”
Also on the day, the ten longest-serving employees at the Hemel Hempstead office were recognised for their loyalty of service.
Terry Pelling, Douglas Sims, Graham Driscoll, Kevin Roche, Christopher Mackriell, Lee Nutkins, Alan Curtis, Scott Dixon, Paul Gambold and Peter Fergus have clocked up 234 years service between them since 1985.