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Caradoc: Winner of Excellence in Business Award


A national buying group that saves thousands of pounds every year for its members has been announced the winner of a prestigious Excellence in Business Award.

The Shropshire Star EIBAs shine a spotlight on the enterprises that represent the range of commercial activity across the region. And at a glittering ceremony at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Thursday (May 5th) Caradoc Medical Services were crowned the winners of the Micro Business of the Year 2017 category.

Run by Business Manager Peter Masters, Marketing Manager Elizabeth Martial and Marketing and Administration Assistant MJ Ryle, the company, based in Shrewsbury, represents over 2,500 GP practices, more than 50% of out-of-hours GP organisations and over 18,000 osteopaths and massage therapists across the country. A new arm of the business – Caradoc Dental Services – was launched late last year and membership is growing month on month.

Mr Masters said:
“It is fantastic to be announced as the winners of this award and it is testament to the team and the hard work we put in, which was obviously clearly seen by the judges. Caradoc was originally launched to help Shropdoc and local GP Practices save time and money but has grown exponentially over the last eight years. We are very much led for and by our members and each member drives up the power Caradoc has in the marketplace, helping to generate savings for members and increase their profitability. Unlike many of our commercial competitors Caradoc is free to join with no membership fees and as a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus generated is invested into local health economies. GP practices are extremely busy and managers and clinicians do not have time to shop around – which is where we offer tangible levels of success for members. GP practices are able to achieve average savings of between £5k – £15k per year, particularly crucial at a time when the NHS is under such financial pressure. We continue to expand and a key part of our business plan for 2017 is increasing the number of members through our work with GP Federations and working to encourage business-to-business relationships between Caradoc suppliers, recognising that suppliers can also benefit from the savings, discounts and special initiatives that our members enjoy.”

The EIBA awards were presented by Eric Smith, of Radio Shropshire, and raised money for the Midlands Air Ambulance. There were eight categories in total ranging from Agricultural, Food and Farming Champion to Business of the Year and hundreds of people turned out to see the winners crowned.

For more information about Caradoc Medical Services, or to become a supplier or a member, contact the team on: 01743 583183