ReAgent Celebrates 40th Birthday

Dan Wiggins

by Dan Wiggins

23rd June 2017

In 1977, Derek and Norma Millard received blessing from the British Empire, Imperial Chemical Industries, more commonly known as ICI, to setup their own company. June 24th, 1977, ReAgent Chemical Services was registered.

This weekend marks 40 years since ReAgent was registered as a company, and to commemorate this amazing milestone, we’re going to have a look back at some of the milestones and challenges that ReAgent has had to face over the years.

The Beginning

Derek and Norma Millard created a business that began to see growth immediately, more staff and more space was employed by 1980 in order to cope with the demands of new customers within the industry. In 1982  ReAgent gained the accreditation to BS 5750, the pre-cursor to ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standard – which was presented to the company by the Mayor of Halton.

The late 80’s saw Derek and Norma step down as managing director and company secretary, and handed over the positions to their daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Steve Hudson. The next 20 years where eventful to say the least, ReAgent obtained extended premises to their Runcorn headquarters, increased staffing levels, a re-branding exercise and embarking on becoming an accredited Investor in People (IIP) which ReAgent obtained in 2006.

ReAgent receives IIP

ReAgent receiving our ‘Investors in People’ accreditation

A New Generation

Since then, ReAgent has had a new change of managing director, with Barbara and Steve’s son, Richard Hudson now taking the reins of the company as MD since 2009. Richard has a background as a chartered marketer, which lead to the investment in new, efficient IT infrastructure, marketing practices & many new systems processes. These have dramatically related to our tremendous growth increase since Richard became MD in 2009.

Projections for the Future

Since the 24th June 1977, it’s clear to see ReAgent has expanded beyond any in-house projections. Our position as one of the highest respected chemical manufacturers within the UK is testament to all of the hard work of the staff  at ReAgent and the direction in which our owners and directors have steered the business. A lot has been achieved over the previous 40 years, and it’s safe to say that the work we are carrying out at the moment will only prove to be beneficial and successful for the foreseeable future of the company, and staff who work here.

ReAgent Staff Picture 2015 - ReAgent Celebrates 40th Birthday

ReAgents most recent staff photograph – as of 2015.

We hold our quarterly staff meeting at the end of July, in which all of our members of staff meet to discuss the operations in their respective areas of the business and plans for the next quarter, followed by a social event – A Celebration of ReAgent’s 40th Birthday.


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