Pharmacist acquires her first pharmacy in Glasgow following funding from Unity Trust Bank

Pharmacist acquires her first pharmacy in Glasgow following funding from Unity Trust Bank

Clare Brogan and Scott Hutchison

A young Glasgow pharmacist has acquired her first community pharmacy at the age of 27 with a loan from Unity Trust Bank.

Clare Brogan, owner of Brogan BP, took over Frasers Pharmacy in Newton Mearns and has already created three new jobs and introduced a home delivery service.

Renamed Broom Pharmacy, Ms Brogan plans to grow her 12-strong team further, including taking on a pre-registration pharmacist, as she extends the pharmacy’s services in 2023.

She is also training to become an Independent Prescriber under the Pharmacy First Plus scheme so she can diagnose patients herself.

Ms Brogan, who qualified in 2017, said: “I gained a huge amount of experience managing two shops for my previous employers at M&D Green and was excited to set up on my own.

“I had heard that Unity Trust Bank helped businesses that support local communities. After my initial meeting with relationship manager, Scott, I felt confident in his ability to guide me through my first pharmacy acquisition.

“Scott’s communication and timely advice assisted in keeping all parties involved in the lead up to successfully finalising the deal on time.

“I’m delighted to work with Unity as their values are very similar to mine; I’m also trying to help the local community and offer more services to those in need.”

Scott Hutchinson, relationship manager at Unity Trust Bank, said: “Community pharmacies are vital assets to local high streets and are becoming more innovative in the services they offer.

“Unity has supported a number of first-time buyers, as well as established businesses, and it is great to see young, highly motivated pharmacists like Clare entering the market.”

Ms Brogan’s passion for business was inspired by her parents Maureen and Tony, who run a wholesale fruit and veg company in Glasgow that has been in the family since 1946.

“I realise I am hugely fortunate to have received the support from my parents and I could not have achieved this without their knowledge and guidance,” she added.

“Whilst going into the family business was not for me, running a pharmacy is similar in many aspects - aiming to provide a quality service to meet the needs of the patients, dealing with the many daily challenges and issues, along with the general financial dynamics.”

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