As the new year gets underway, Rob Atkinson, managing director of DP Medical, takes a moment to reflect on the last 12 months and look ahead at what’s to come for the company.
It’s fair to say nobody could have expected the events of 2020. There is no disputing it was one of the most challenging years in living memory and, as the coronavirus pandemic continues, it is important to acknowledge the incredible amount of work our friends and colleagues across the NHS and the wider healthcare industry have been doing to help the nation get through this difficult time.
For us at DP Medical, it has been a unique year to date and I’m proud to say the DP team has really pulled together to ride out the challenges that have come our way.
We ended 2020 as our best year yet, with record turnover and a number of landmark installations under our belts, as well as extensive growth within our service division, too.
Our presence in the speech and language market continued to grow as we asserted our position as a leader in the supply of ENT equipment and devices and, as we move into 2021, we look forward to growing in this area even more.
As the exclusive British suppliers of the Heinemann Treatment Unit, we saw strong levels of interest for the units during 2020, as well as our renowned XION kits, completing installations of both at sites including the newly opened OneWelbeck Hospital, London, and Nobles Hospital on the Isle of Man.
The year also saw us achieve fantastic growth in Ireland, exceeding our targets.
And, we were proud to grow our team, appointing new engineer, Damian Sewell, and welcoming back territory manager Jonny Depledge, both of whom are covering the Midlands/North Wales region. Our head count now stands at 24 people, nationwide.
Looking ahead into 2021 it is difficult to predict what’s to come. At the time of writing, England is under national lockdown restrictions and so we as a healthcare industry have more hurdles to overcome, together.
In the coming months we will be continuing to grow the work we are doing in ENT, and look to expand the XION brand further within the Theatre and Gynaecology sectors. We also hope to expand our team even more, particularly in Ireland and at our head office in Chessington, too, which we expanded in 2020 to increase our office and warehouse space.
In 2021, we will be looking to set up a ‘showroom’ within this new space, which will give us the opportunity to invite customers along to see some of our demo kit and also hold courses in the future.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of DP Medical’s loyal customers for their ongoing support over the last 12 months, and our team of employees, who have all played a vital part in helping us weather the storm and achieve our best year yet.
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