2022 marks SGL’s 30th year manufacturing high quality microbiology products for all applications. Starting with just 7 employees and 1000sqft (with no cleanroom!), now occupying 30,000sqft with over 80 staff. The business originally focused on bottled culture media for clinical testing, but over time has diversified to cover all sectors. Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic, Food & Beverage, Water & Environmental as well as Clinical testing environments.
Joann joined SGL in 1992 as a production worker making bottled media, now 30 years later is production manager overseeing bottled media production operations. Responsible for producing over 9 million bottles of pre-poured media per year…
“The part time hours never worked out as from the start we hit the floor running and I’ve been full time ever since. I’ve always enjoyed working with the team of people that I do, we have always managed to get staff that have a great work ethic and like the challenges that SGL brings.
Things have changed greatly over the years, the best times for me being when we worked from a little unit with just the six of us. I have made some great lifetime friends some still here, some have gone on to do new things but we still have a few who were here from the very early days. I’ve learned new skills and I’ve been given some really good opportunities to progress within the company. Although I am now a manager I will always be a production worker at heart!”
Commercial Director Ben Shakespeare – Son of Managing Director and founder Dr Mike Shakespeare joined the business 10 years ago “Having worked now for 10 years at SGL, seeing how much the company has developed over that time, how we have expanded our customer base, grown our production operations and most importantly elevated the SGL brand in the marketplace. I am excited about what we can achieve in the future. Our future expansion plans are already in progress, and we see opportunity to continue to grow our business globally, supporting microbiology laboratories around the world”
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