Re­gion home to sec­tor’s best

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - MARK CASCI BUSINESS ED­I­TOR Email: mark.casci@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @MarkCasci

SKILLS: York­shire is home to the most highly-skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers in the med­i­cal sec­tor, the boss of B. Braun Med­i­cal has claimed, as the Sh­effield-based firm re­ported record growth of its UK group sales.

B. Braun Med­i­cal posted sales of £186m in 2017, rep­re­sent­ing a healthy growth of 5 per cent.

YORK­SHIRE IS home to the most highly-skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers in the med­i­cal sec­tor, the boss of B. Braun Med­i­cal has claimed, as the Sh­effield-based firm re­ported record growth of its UK group sales.

B. Braun Med­i­cal posted sales of £186m in 2017, rep­re­sent­ing a healthy growth of 5 per cent.

As part of the global B. Braun group, B. Braun in the UK is a leader in ar­eas in­clud­ing com­puter nav­i­gated or­thopaedic surgery, nee­dle safety tech­nol­ogy, sur­gi­cal in­stru­men­ta­tion, ster­ile tech­nol­ogy and dis­in­fec­tion and hy­giene.

The com­pany sup­ports both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors, work­ing with the Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS) to help it con­tinue to be­come more in­no­va­tive and pro­duc­tive while still achiev­ing ef­fi­ciency sav­ings.

Hans Hux, chair­man and group chief ex­ec­u­tive at B. Braun, which em­ploys 1,300 around the UK, 600 of which are in Sh­effield, said that the in­no­va­tions of per­son­nel and their abil­ity to bring their prod­ucts to mar­ket were be­hind the drive.

He told The York­shire Post: “There is a great skill base here.

“Many of the most skilled and well-ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers in the UK are in this re­gion.

“The uni­ver­si­ties are im­por­tant, both in terms of de­vel­op­ing new prod­ucts and new tech but also when it comes to the re­cruit­ment of peo­ple.”

He added: “We are very pleased to be able to re­port an in­crease in sales rev­enue in all our busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly in each of our strate­gic growth ar­eas.

“A solid year and very pos­i­tive per­for­mance in a very de­mand­ing and chal­leng­ing mar­ket en­vi­ron­ment il­lus­trates that our prod­ucts and ser­vices are meet­ing the needs of our cus­tomers and help­ing the NHS to im­prove ef­fi­cien­cies and out­comes.”

Key growth ar­eas for the B. Braun business in the last year in­clude Safe In­fu­sion Tech­nol­ogy, Home­care, En­do­surgery, High end 3D Vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, Dis­in­fec­tion and Home Hae­modial­y­sis.

Mr Hux used the ex­am­ple of the In­fu­sion Pump prod­uct as an ex­am­ple of where the firm was suc­ceed­ing.

The pump en­sures 100 per cent of the dose of what­ever medicine has been pre­scribed to a pa­tient reaches their sys­tem, as com­pared to ri­val prod­ucts which can only pro­vide as lit­tle as 40 per cent of the dose ow­ing to medicines get­ting stuck in the lines. He added its knee re­place­ment suc­cess rates were very high due to the high lev­els of align­ment they of­fered

Last year the ex­pan­sion of the business along­side dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and mod­ern work­ing prac­tice saw B. Braun un­veil a newly de­signed ul­tra-mod­ern col­lab­o­ra­tive workspace.

A business cen­tre, meet­ing zones, a full-ser­vice cafe and au­di­to­rium are among fea­tures of the pur­pose-built head of­fice and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre at Thorn­cliffe Park, Sh­effield.

“The fo­cus of the business is to man­u­fac­ture and sell ex­cel­lent prod­ucts and we are aware of what we need to do to im­prove, doc­u­ment and val­i­date so that we can re­ally add value to our cus­tomers, pa­tients and the NHS,” said Mr Hux.

“The NHS is strug­gling, both in terms of re­source, both cap­i­tal and hu­man. We have to be clever when work­ing with the NHS in or­der to ad­dress these needs so that we make more of the re­sources so that they can save money to use in other ar­eas.”

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