New job opportunities created as local business goes from strength to strength

Published 7th Jun 2019 by Shaida Khan

Linthwaite based Thornton & Ross has acquired six well-known healthcare brands from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Marketing and production of these products will move to Huddersfield. On top of the continued success of Zoflora, the company will be creating a large number of new job opportunities over the next couple of years.The acquisition, following over a decade of consistent growth, is the latest signal of the business’s ambition

The acquisition of well-known healthcare brands by Thornton & Ross will provide a large number of new job opportunities from production through to marketing. Thornton & Ross will be looking for personnel to support their growing portfolio of brands and join their current team of over 600 employees.

Head and Executive Vice President of Thornton & Ross, Roger Scarlett-Smith says: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring these brands and subsequent job opportunities to Huddersfield. As a company born in the North we take great pride in providing job opportunities for the local community. This acquisition is a sign of things to come, as we continue to strive for growth and cement ourselves as a key part of the Northern Powerhouse.”

Brands acquired include: popular antiseptic Savlon, emollient brand Oilatum, itch relief cream Eurax, paediatric cough liquid Tixylix and coal-tar based shampoo Polytar. These brands will be marketed and manufactured in Linthwaite.

Thornton & Ross has enjoyed over a decade of growth due to the success of brands such as Hedrin and Covonia. Another notable success is Zoflora, the popular household disinfectant, which has experienced phenomenal growth in 2018 - and as a result the Linthwaite factory now operates 24/7 to meet demand.

Formerly a family business and founded in 1922 in Huddersfield, Thornton and Ross quickly grew to be the largest independent pharmaceutical manufacturer in the UK. In 2013 it became part of the German-based STADA group – however it’s never left Huddersfield and 97 years on is growing to be one of the largest employers in the town.

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