Recently, the entire Smartway team has been reviewing our core values and looking back on our history. While the past twelve months have brought entirely new challenges, we’re proud that our central mission, vision and priorities continue to feel as relevant as ever.
From our earliest days, our mission has been the same: to help people feel supported, empowered and at their best, right across the medicines supply chain: practitioners, partners and, above all else, patients.
Now, as we continue to invest in our growth and deal with the pressures of our new normal, we’re constantly finding new ways to deliver the best of our expertise.
SMART is in our DNA
Smartway began with our chairman, Hitu Patel, and an opportunity to take over and reinvigorate a pharmacy in Battersea. Even in those first few months, the seeds of what would become Smartway Pharmaceuticals were being sown.
Running the pharmacy, Hitu prioritised five key values that underpinned every decision:
Since then, a lot has changed. We’ve become busy wholesalers and a vital part of the supply chain. We’ve expanded into multiple warehouses, operating on a global scale. We’ve even been recognised for our growth and performance, ranking #89 in the Sunday Times PWC Top Track 250.
But, through it all, we’ve taken proactive steps to preserve the things that make Smartway special. Now, as we embark on the next stage of our growth, we’re safeguarding the values that our customers and partners trust us for.
The same core principles, delivered differently
Today, we serve customers around the world. We operate on a scale that’s radically different to a small pharmacy in Battersea. But we still offer service, motivation, adaptability, reliability and timeliness – albeit in a different way.
In part, it’s about our investment in people. With a strong company culture, we hire talented people who share our goals, ambitions and commitments. Then, we support them to deliver to the high standards that our customers have come to expect.
At the same time, we’re constantly investing in technology to help us deliver impeccable service at scale.
Just last year, we introduced validated automation software to keep us up to date with regulatory changes and customer/supplier authorisations. This real-time view and controlled process means products are only procured from and supplied to those who are authorised to handle them.
Crucially, automation frees up our people to focus their time, energy and commitment where it really counts – working with our customers, finding solutions to complex enquiries, and facilitating new business ventures.
Learn more about our history
Since 1992, Smartway has come a long way. We’ve evolved what we do – and how we do it – to suit our customers, regulatory compliance, and the world we live in.
But our history remains of the utmost importance, not just in recounting where we came from, but also informing where we’re headed next.
See how Smartway started with one woman’s generosity and our tireless commitment to quality.