Key opinion formers from the pharmacy sector and pharmaceutical and healthcare industries came together on the weekend of 18-19 September, to celebrate the Day Lewis Group’s Annual Conference, Awards and Gala Dinner. Over 350 Day Lewis Pharmacy staff members from around the country – branch managers, pharmacists, technicians, Pre-Registration students, MCA’s and head office personnel – enjoyed two busy days of lively networking, debate, business opportunities, training sessions and a diverse range of informative seminars.
Commenting on the Conference, Day Lewis CEO, Kirit Patel, said:
“Our annual Day Lewis Conference is always an important and enjoyable event – but this year it was especially significant, as we are celebrating our 35th anniversary of the founding of the Day Lewis pharmacy group, in 1975. During the past week, I have received a lot of positive feedback from our staff and guests – and I am extremely pleased that so many people had an enjoyable and valuable conference experience. I was delighted to welcome so many valued pharmacy colleagues and business associates, and on a personal level; it was my privilege and pleasure to present 10 Day Lewis staff Awards. It’s the people who work for us that make our company so special, which is why our ethos of teamwork will always be at the very heart of our future business and practice success.”
The Conference agenda of business and training sessions, hosted by guest speakers from Merck Serono, Novartis, GSK, J&J, IDH and Reckitt Benckiser, was structured to cover important pharmacy practice and business topics, highlighting innovation and current trends, challenges and aspirations within the profession. The Trade Show, supported by over 50 major pharmaceutical sponsors and Day Lewis suppliers, proved especially popular with delegates.
The high spot of the two-day conference was the ever-popular Day Lewis Gala Dinner, which was attended by over 400 guests from the world of pharmacy, business and politics, as well as the all-important Day Lewis staff – many of whom embraced the evening’s ‘Viva Las Vegas!’ theme, with stunning success! The Gala Dinner also proved an ideal opportunity for Kirit to showcase staff success stories from the Day Lewis branches – and a number of staff received coveted awards in recognition for their achievements and excellence.
In his Gala Dinner ‘welcome’ speech, Kirit gave guests a whistle-stop review and anecdotes of his career and the milestone in the company’s history. He commented that over the past three decades, Day Lewis had experienced both success and struggle in equal measure – weathering the recession and high interest rates of the early 1980’s, and rising to the professional challenges and opportunities to deliver modern, public-facing pharmacy services for the benefit of patients. He reflected on the enormous financial pressures and challenges facing the profession – and highlighted his personal ethos and vision to be at the forefront of innovation and positive initiatives in the independent pharmacy multiples sector.
Kirit concluded with a commitment to developing expertise in delivering pharmacy and business process change, saying: “As we celebrate the past 35 years and anticipate the future, my aspiration is to build on our achievements in making Day Lewis a great healthcare brand that champions people’s health. Day Lewis has a solid history and a strong future!”