Durbin

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Leslie Morgan with Prince Charles

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Leslie Morgan

Leslie Morgan

Leslie was born in 1954, and after graduating from London University with an honours degree in Pharmacy, became a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Joining the small retail pharmacy B&S Durbin Ltd in 1976 as a pharmacist, Leslie developed the export side of the business soon after as international sales director. He travelled widely, sourcing medicines and meeting new customers from all over the world. In 1999, Leslie bought the company, becoming CEO, and changed its name to Durbin PLC.

As the company continues to grow, Leslie’s philanthropic approach to business is still very much part of the Durbin philosophy. Leslie spends a lot of his time working with pharmaceutical and medical equipment organisations assisting them to donate in-date products to charities worldwide. So far his efforts have achieved over £20million worth of donated stock.

Leslie says “Initially my goal was to find out what problems healthcare professionals were having in getting hold of medicines and supplies and to source whatever they needed as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The whole operation still revolves around that philosophy and it works. Our customers call with a request and we find what they need and get it to them when they need it."

Having won several awards along the way, including SME of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards and the Coutts Prize for Family Business in London, Leslie continues to take Durbin from strength to strength.

In 2013, Leslie was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the Pharmaceutical Industry and to Charity, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society later that year.

Timeline

1963
Durbin brothers open their first retail pharmacy in Harrow, North West London
1974
Group expands to five pharmacies
1976
Leslie Morgan joins Durbin as a pharmacist
1977
International Sales division founded and first warehouse is opened
1987
Durbin becomes distributor for ICI to Africa
1995
Clinical Trials Supply division launched
1999
Leslie Morgan buys Durbin and becomes Managing Director
2000
Durbin is regional finalist at the Export Awards for Smaller Businesses
2002
Imports (Unlicensed Medicines) department opens and begins to supply hospitals and pharmacies across the UK. The trading division of the charity ECHO Health Services International is purchased to form the Sales to NGO’s and Charities department.
2004
Sexual Health Supplies division is launched. Durbin begins to distribute medicines and medical products on an exclusive basis for third parties.
2005
Early Access Programmes division is launched
2008
Winner of Small/Medium Enterprise of the year Award at the Business Excellence Awards. Runner up in three other categories - International Trade and Exporter of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Business of the Year.
2009
Second warehouse and fourth office opens. Durbin wins Best UK Family-owned Business, London and Greater London region at the annual Coutts Bank Awards.
2012
Winner of International Business of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards, and runner up in the Large Business of the Year category.
2013
Durbin celebrates 50 years in business. Leslie Morgan is awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the Pharmaceutical Industry and to Charity. Leslie is also elected a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Durbin wins Exporter/International Business of the Year award at the West London Business Awards.
2014
Leslie is elected as a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. Durbin is named National Champion at the European Business Awards. Durbin acquires US based medical supplier Pharmaceutical Trade Services Inc. (PTSI) as part of it's global expansion.
2015
Durbin signs a 5 year global deal with MPOWERD Inc to distribute solar lights for humanitarian aid.
2016
Winner of Most Outstanding Medical Supply Firm - UK at Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards. Also winner of Export Excellence in Americas category at the UK Export Excellence Awards. Durbin ranked No.142 in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list. Durbin announces major expansion plans for 2017 with new Global HQ in the UK and new America's HQ in the US.
2017
Winner of Exporter/International Business of the year at the West London Business Awards 2017. Also ranked No.68 in the 18th Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 list. Durbin moves to bigger premises in Hayes, close to London’s Heathrow Airport.