Greater London Enterprise Awards 2018

22 SME NEWS / Greater London Enterprise Awards 2018 , With a wealth of experience in providing herbal medicines, Jessup Health is the home of natural, safe traditional medicines and products. We profiled the firm to find out more about the range of solutions it provides and how it is working to drive its sector to excellence. Best Herbal Medicine Supplier 2018 - UK In 1977, Terry Gallagher, the founder of Jessup Health, began selling the little- known product Ginseng tea in independent health food stores. From humble beginnings, Jessup Health has grown to be a leader in THR herbal medicines, providing access to safe and effective alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines. Today, the firm’s range of products are stocked in major UK supermarkets, such as Morrison’s, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Superdrug, as well as Holland & Barrett and many independent health food stores. As a company, Jessup Health believe that people deserve choices with their health, and as such the team are keen to empower people to self-heal and feel in control of their health decisions. They promote the idea of supporting your body naturally and focusing on prevention, rather than getting hooked on chemicals which only mask symptoms and do not treat the underlying causes of health issues. Over the years, the team have created a range of unique product formulations, utilising the most potent herbs, roots and leaf extracts to equip people to manage their health and not just hide the symptoms, and they are proud to provide these to a wide range of clients across the UK. Over the coming years Jessup Healthcare can look forward to even greater success, as the natural products industry has grown exponentially in the past decade, and today around a quarter of the UK population take herbal medicines. Specifically, Londoners are big consumers of natural health products and enjoy access to marketplaces like Wholefoods and Planet Organic, as well as high-street staples like Holland and Barrett. Whilst online sales continue to drive growth in the health and well-being sector, the first point of contact with a product is often in-store as consumers look for personal advice and guidance on the best products for self-care, and as such Jessup Health is well- placed to continue supporting its clients thanks to its Old Gloucester Street headquarters. However, although there is an increasing awareness and use of these medicines, the biggest barrier firms in this market are facing is a lack of understanding about which products to take against a specific symptom. More popular and mainstream herbal medicines, such as St John’s Wort, have been publicised more effectively, with clinical trials proving that this powerful herb is as effective as prescribed antidepressant drugs e.g. Prozac to treat mild and moderate depression. Another core development for the firm is the new legislation in 2011, the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme, which has ensured that people can buy herbal products which have met high standards throughout the journey from Jessup Health LON18027 Company: Jessup Health Contact: Brigitte Flower Address: Building 1, Chalfont Park, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 0BG Phone: 033 022 08548 Website: a plant in the field to a tablet on the shelf. As a result of this development, the product journey for all of Jessup Health’s THR herbal medicines begins with crops being planted, grown and harvested according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) processes. For example, the firm’s St John’s Wort is hand- picked to ensure that only the best plants are used to create the herbal extracts in its tablets. To adapt around these developments in the industry and ensure ongoing compliance, looking ahead Jessup Health is seeking to expand its THR range into a wider portfolio, starting with the launch of a new product, HRI Coldcare, in the colds and flu category. This product will be the first of its kind in the market with a herb (Echinacea), vitamin (vitamin C) and a mineral (zinc) in one tablet to support the immune system during the winter months. Alongside this, the firm is also looking to export its products into new markets within both Europe and Asia, so that it can provide its award- winning solutions to an even wider range of clients and help them to improve their health the natural way.