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Newton Medical Supplies in Pentlow wins small business award in recognition of contribution during Covid-19 crisis




With healthcare services under more pressure than ever over the last year, a family-owned firm has been recognised for its contributions to the medical supply chain, with a top business award.

Newton Medical Supplies, based at Street Farm House in Pentlow, was named the Best Medical Supplies Retailer in the south-east of England for 2021, by SME Magazine, a publication about small and medium-sized enterprises.

The medical supply specialist experienced year-on-year growth since the Covid-19 pandemic began, as demand from hospitals, care providers, schools and businesses for supplies sky-rocketed.

(L-R)Diane Ridgway, Colin Newton and Kristine Newton from Newton Medical Supplied celebrate winning the 2021 Best Medical Supplies Retailer Award for the South East in SME Magazine..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (47994518)
(L-R)Diane Ridgway, Colin Newton and Kristine Newton from Newton Medical Supplied celebrate winning the 2021 Best Medical Supplies Retailer Award for the South East in SME Magazine..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (47994518)

Colin Newton, who founded the company with his wife Kristine in 2014, said they were both surprised and delighted to receive the accolade, stating it felt like recognition for their hard work during this period.

He explained that, prior to the pandemic, Newton Medical Supplies had primarily provided specialist equipment for endoscopy, but then made a significant shift towards PPE, wipes, hand gels and medical gowns in response to the outbreak.

“We had a lot of challenges when the first Covid lockdown hit,” Mr Newton said. “Our main source of income practically dried up overnight, but we found that demand for other products steadily grew.

(L-R)Diane Ridgway, Colin Newton and Kristine Newton from Newton Medical Supplied celebrate winning the 2021 Best Medical Supplies Retailer Award for the South East in SME Magazine..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (47994612)
(L-R)Diane Ridgway, Colin Newton and Kristine Newton from Newton Medical Supplied celebrate winning the 2021 Best Medical Supplies Retailer Award for the South East in SME Magazine..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (47994612)

“Business has been steady. We never had to furlough anybody and we worked continuously because we were needed. Obviously, we are in business to make money, but we’re also in business to help, so we never increased our prices.

“It appears that the combination of quality, cost and service helped us to win this award. I’m very proud of the way that our team have all got involved with helping the NHS to cope in near battlefield conditions at times over the past year or so.

“We used our experience as professionals in the medical field to not just supply goods, but to create innovative solutions to both technical and supply chain problems that had never previously existed.”

To learn more about the business, call 01787 323555 or click here.