18 Facts About Alliance Boots


Alliance Boots GmbH was a multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group with corporate headquarters in Bern, Switzerland and operational headquarters in Nottingham and Weybridge, United Kingdom.

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Alliance Boots GmbH was established in Switzerland during 2008 and is a direct subsidiary of AB Acquisitions Holdings Limited, which held all shares in the company.

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Alliance Boots UK is the UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer.

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Alliance Boots is the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the UK through its Alliance Healthcare Ltd business.

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On 25 April 2007, Alliance Boots was approached with a buy-out offer by New York City-based Private Equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in conjunction with Alliance Boots' then Executive Deputy Chairman, Stefano Pessina, for an estimated.

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Alliance Boots was the first company on the FTSE 100 share index to be bought-out by a private equity firm.

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Alliance Boots operations are split into two areas, pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution.

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The Alliance Boots brand has a history stretching back over 160 years and is a familiar sight on Britain's high streets.

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Alliance Boots stores are located in prominent high street and city centre locations as well as in local communities.

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Optician services are offered in many larger stores, with Alliance Boots Opticians providing eye tests along with the sale of spectacles and contact lenses.

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Alliance Boots operates a loyalty card programme branded as the Alliance Boots Advantage Card, and claims to have 17.

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Today, there are Alliance Boots branded stores in several countries including the UK, Norway, Ireland, The Netherlands, Thailand, as well as the Middle East.

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In July 2011, an investigation by Ireland's National Consumer Agency found Alliance Boots to be the most expensive pharmacy for prescription drugs.

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In other countries, Alliance Boots products are sold from instore 'implants' in department stores and other pharmacies.

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Alliance Boots established its group headquarters in Switzerland in 2008, following the privatization of the company by Stefano Pessina and KKR's acquisition.

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Alliance Boots was accused of making the move for tax purposes, as Switzerland had more favourable tax regime than the United Kingdom, and in January 2011, protests were held by the UK Uncut group at a number of Boots stores, including its flagship London store, which was closed down by protestors.

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Alliance Boots itself stated that its Swiss headquarters reflected the international nature of its wider group and that it had an administrative office in Zurich.

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Alliance Boots defended itself by reaffirming that it was a British business registered for VAT.

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