PBL has enjoyed considerable success during its first year of operation by meeting all of our milestones and by investing in both staff and facilities.
The corporate structure of the company has been secured by the appointment of an effective board and management team, as well as ensuring that we have in place all the necessary statutory articles and licenses.
We have supported our customers by ensuring that we have delivered our commitments both in terms of products and scientific milestones, and by making sure that we have maintained regulatory compliance.
However in addition and in common with any company it is our staff which are the key to success, and to help and support them we want to grow by investing in people, so we have initiated various internal training programmes, including several NVQ awards and are investing in the future of science in the UK by supporting university sandwich students. We have also had our first PhD awarded and have registered a second member of staff for one.
It has also been a constructive year in terms of both new facilities and investment in upgrading others. In November we opened a £1.3m new extension to our pharmaceutical stores and then in February we were delighted to host the Minister for Life Sciences, local MP and Wiltshire Councillors to open our new multi-million pound filling and freeze-dry facilities. Looking to the future there is an ongoing programme of capital investment and we will be announcing various projects throughout 2016.
We are also cementing our links with the wider community, including businesses, academic institutes and schools, because as we grow and develop our business we want to offer exciting employment opportunities both for the local area and within the biopharmaceutical sector.