CEO of Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Bharat Shah CBE, with the award. Photo courtesy: Twitter/Sigma

Sigma Pharmaceuticals on Sunday won the ‘national champion’ crown at this year’s National Family Business Awards in the ‘health and care services’ category.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the company said: “As we become a second-generation family business and continue to thrive and grow, this rewards the contribution of our extended family of over 500 valued colleagues, which is a fantastic achievement for us.”

Sigma Pharmaceuticals is a family-run and family-owned two-generation business located in Watford, Hertfordshire. Employing over 350 staff, it is one of the largest independent short line pharmaceutical wholesalers in the UK. The company provides key services to the pharmaceutical industry, serving over 2,500 pharmacies, doctors, hospitals and care homes.

Sigma won the coveted award – given annually since 2008 to family-owned businesses in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the British and Irish economies – just weeks after the company’s founder and CEO, Bharat Shah, was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.