The Day Lewis Group is an award winning family business, consisting of one of the largest independent pharmacy chains in the UK and Europe. Founded by Kirit Patel MBE and his brother JC Patel in 1975, the Group remains a family-owned entity today, having grown from one pharmacy in Southborough to owning and managing over 300 pharmacies in the UK today. Day Lewis employs over 2500 people and has a major presence in the South of England, from Cornwall to Greater London. The company also has the management rights to the pharmacy concession in Harrods, the world famous department store in Knightsbridge, London.
As well as a strong retail pharmacy base, the Group contains a central distribution division, with warehouses equipped with Knapp automation, in order to supply over 4000 pharmaceutical products to its retail pharmacies in the UK.
Throughout its dynamic history in community pharmacy and the business arena, Day Lewis has advanced from being a traditional retail pharmacy business, dispensing medication and offering retail products, into a patient-orientated service provider.
The success of the group has been largely attributed to its employees and its organisational culture. The company’s core purpose is “To help people in the community stay healthy and feel better”. Further, the Group has a strong set of core values which are:
- • To keep our caring family culture
- • To look after our customers
- • To be disciplined and professional
- • To be different through innovation
- • To reward, recognise and empower
- • To have fun
The Chief Executive, Kirit Patel, is a renowned entrepreneur in the UK Pharmacy sector. His contribution to pharmacy and public service was recognised in 2005, when he was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Going forward, Day Lewis aspires to grow through acquisition whilst still maintaining its independence and family culture.