Boots UK Limited is a British pharmacy chain with outlets in the UK and Ireland. Boots was started by John Boot back in 1849 as an herbal medicine shop in Nottingham. After John Boot had passed away in 1860, his son, Jesse Boot (10 years old at that time) helped his mother run the business. In 1883, the herbal medicine shop came to be known as Boot and Co, it was changed to Boots Pure Drug Company Ltd., in 1999. The company was sold to the American United Drug Company in 1920, but it was sold back to the British in 1933 and was headed by the grandson of John Boot.
Boots was the company that manufactured the world famous painkiller drug “Ibuprofen” during 1960 and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Technical Achievement for this drug in 1987. Today Boots has its pharmacy outlets in most high streets in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Boots stores stock and sell pharmacy & health products, beauty, fragrance, toiletries, toys, gifts and various other health related products.
Boots has around 2,500 stores in the UK and Ireland and are committed to helping customers look and feel better. Boots has also tied up with Macmillan Cancer Support to help improve the lives of those living with cancer.