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


BCM Today

BCM in the UK still operates from the D10 building situated on the Boots site in Nottingham. As well as making healthcare and beauty products for businesses within Walgreens Boots Alliance, BCM also manufactures for third-party brands.


We acquired BCM Cosmétique in France [1995] for the manufacture of skincare and colour cosmetics  and BCM Kosmetik in Germany [1995] also for the manufacture of colour cosmetics. In addition, BCM Specials manufactures sterile and non-sterile bespoke unlicensed medicines for patients in the UK.

BCM continues to manufacture Walgreens Boots Alliance's leading beauty and skincare product brands, including No7 and Boots Soltan, which are sold increasingly across Europe, Thailand, the USA and the Middle East. BCM is increasingly better positioned to seize growth opportunities generated by the further international expansion of the Walgreens Boots Alliance product brands.