Originally founded as the manufacturing arm of Boots The Chemists, BCM (formerly Boots Contract Manufacturing) manufactured healthcare and toiletry items for Boots stores up and down the UK, and as the business grew, the requirement for a purpose-built factory was established.


1883: Boots began manufacturing in ground floor rooms of a terraced house behind its first shop in Nottingham and in 1887 acquired its first factory accommodation


1917: Products were manufactured under license for the British government


1927: Boots acquired the Beeston site in Nottingham to extend its manufacturing capability


1933: Boots opened D10, the country's largest pharmaceutical plant and the first factory in the UK to adopt the US principle of creating daylight factories


1981: Boots Contract Manufacturing was formed


1995: Toiletry and cosmetics manufacturing companies were acquired in France and Germany to develop and service local markets


2006: Boots Group merged with Alliance UniChem to form Alliance Boots, an international pharmacy-led health and beauty group


2009: BCM became a stand-alone business within Alliance Boots


2012: Walgreens and Alliance Boots form strategic partnership to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise


2014: On 31 December, Walgreens Boots Alliance was formed through the full combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots


2015: Following the merger and the formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance, BCM becomes part of the cross-divisional function, Global Brands


2017: BCM became part of Fareva, one of the world's leading subcontractors in the Industrial and Household, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals fields.


BCM Today

BCM in the UK still operates from the D10 building in Nottingham. BCM has over 100 years' experience of manufacturing health and beauty product and produces products that are sold around the world.


BCM manufactures consumer health and beauty products for Walgreens Boots Alliance and other famous brands, as well as special prescription medicines for individual use in the UK through BCM Specials.