Guildford MP Anne Milton visited BOC, the UK’s biggest industrial and medical gases business, at its headquarters in The Surrey Research Park.
BOC was the first tenant on the Research Park in 1986 and employs 350 people at its Priestley Centre site, out of a total workforce of around 3400 in the UK and Ireland.
The company supplies all the acute hospital trusts in the Guildford area with compressed gases and recently opened the UK’s first Lane Fox REMEO® centre at East Surrey Hospital near Redhill – the first time that a non-NHS organisation has worked with the NHS to provide critical care.
Anne, who is a former nurse and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health, said: “It's great to see that Guildford is home to one of the NHS's critical suppliers. BOC is literally a life line to many.
I know BOC are now getting involved in groups like Breathe Easy who offer support to people with chronic lung disease. Our local Breathe Easy group meet just round the corner from BOC's headquarters in the Surrey Research Park and it's good to hear that BOC is actively involved in supporting people with lifelong lung diseases in new and changing ways.
My thanks to all the staff who took time out in their working day to highlight some of the issues that matter to them.”
Anne Milton MP with Mike Huggon, BOC Managing Director (far right), and Andrew Harvey, Head of BOC Healthcare (left)