A biology graduate and entrepreneur from Royston who started up his own company has been awarded a share of a £39m NHS contract.
Nathan Winch, 23, launched WinchPharma Group in 2010, when he was studying molecular biology at the University of Huddersfield.
Since 2010, WinchPharma has gone on to sign contracts with distributors and gyms, care homes and private hospitals in the UK, India and the Arabian Peninsula.
WinchPharma beat off competition from several large pharmaceutical firms, to supply NHS hospitals with liquid, gel and foam hand sanitiser products.
Nathan says he is proof that smaller firms can be successful when pitching for large contracts.
"We've only recently started bidding for NHS contracts, and we are still a growing company.
"According to the feedback we've been given, our success in this instance was down to product quality, efficacy, price – and sheer hard work."
He added: "We're delighted that our product development strategy worked and are now looking forward to extending our product range and identifying further global distribution channels."
He used his savings and friends' investments as capital, which enabled the company to develop the Athenian range of clinical hygiene products, as well as other brands.