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History

Holchem Laboratories Ltd was founded in 1982 by Steve and Anne Bell, who saw a gap in the UK market for a company which both supplied high quality, specialist cleaning products, and also provided unrivalled customer service.

By 1985, the company had moved from the founder’s home in Holcombe Brook, Bury to the first manufacturing site in Ramsbottom where the company was based until 1992 when a growing turnover of almost £2.5m led to a second move, this time to nearby Haslingden.

As growth continued, Holchem carried their customer service focused approach into new markets, and as turnover exceeded £10m by 2002, Holchem had grown to include three sites in Haslingden.

During the next few years, Holchem began to increase its business reach into Europe, with products available throughout Eastern Europe, through high quality distributors who shared the same customer service ethos of delivering on promises, and getting the job done.

With continued and sustained growth coming from a commitment to delivering on the clients’ needs and developing the ethos of the family business through every member of staff that joined the business, the company had once again outgrown its base in 2009 and as turnover approached £21m, Holchem’s moved to its current purpose-built premises at Gateway House, Bury.

Still family owned by the founder’s son, Simon Bell as Managing Director, and Sam Hardman the founder’s daughter as Director, the company relocated in 2013 to a single, 9 acre facility. This houses all of the company’s operations across 105,000 square feet of fully modernised facilities, with room to continue the growth the business has experienced since its inception.

The company’s family ethos continues – a commitment made through the family legacy of the business – and the new site not only houses state of the art technology and research departments, but also a gym for staff, dedicated catering facilities and an outdoor break area.

Now in its fourth decade, Holchem continues to grow, delivering hygiene solutions to a range of businesses across the UK and Ireland - through revolutionary technology and a commitment to service levels that ensures that many of the current clients have been with the business since its inception.