Every day, people across the UK buy vitamin and mineral tablets from supplement companies. Many people choose to do this in order to maintain and improve their overall health and prevent health problems.
Supplements can be used for a wide range of reasons:
- To care for your eyes, heart, skin or bowels
- To strengthen your bones (to prevent arthritis, for example)
- To strengthen hair and nails
- To boost your mental health
- To boost immunity and prevent colds
- To encourage weight loss
- To provide energy
- To improve sleep
- To maintain health during pregnancy and the menopause
Why do people take supplements?
There are plenty of reasons why supplements are thought to be beneficial, but when and why do people start taking them? Well, according to accounting firm Grant Thornton, young adults are starting to try supplements rather than going straight to the doctors, and using them to meet their fitness-related goals.
On the other hand, elderly adults also tend to start taking supplements as a preventative method to avoid becoming unwell and to avoid the development of chronic medical conditions. Parents might also buy supplements for their children to ensure they are getting enough vitamins while they grow. And women may be prompted to take supplements if they fall pregnant.
According to the Food Standards Agency, just 18 percent of people have never taken supplements, while 48 percent of people do on a regular basis. The most popular reason given for taking extra vitamins and minerals was “To maintain overall health” (57 percent), followed by “To improve overall health” (46 percent). The improvement of the immune system and energy levels were also popular objectives for supplement buyers.
So, as you can see, there is a huge variety of uses for supplements, and many people will buy them without seeing any form of advertising promoting their use. And, as UK consumers become more focussed on maintaining healthy lifestyles, the supplements market should continue to be lucrative in the future.
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There are numerous companies set to capitalise on this lucrative market. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any supplement franchises on our books here at Point Franchise, but there are plenty of businesses that have made it in the sector. While they may not be offering franchise opportunities now, it’s worth keeping an eye on them to see whether they start looking for franchisees in the future.
Here are some of the top supplement companies in the UK:
BioCare has nearly 30 years of experience under its belt and heaps of expertise in the development of professional nutritional supplements.
- What are its business values? It vows to continue to provide the most cost effective and highest quality products, as well as providing the support and services to meet people’s individual needs.
- What does it sell? The brand manufactures vitamins, minerals, multinutrients, live bacteria, antioxidants, fatty acids and enzymes.
2. Simply Supplements
This supplement company was established over a decade ago and has grown to become a frontrunner in the industry.
- What are its business values? Its purpose is to provide customers with high-quality products at a competitive price and ultimately make healthy living simpler. There are UK call centre advisors and nutritionists on hand to answer any queries.
- What does it sell? Simply Supplements offers a range of vitamins and minerals, hay fever treatments, vegan supplements, supplements for pets and much more. All supplements are manufactured to GMP standards and, due to its excellent product range and service, over 30,000 customers have rated it five stars on TrustPilot.
3. Evolution Organics
Evolution Organics was founded in 2009 by Henry Maitland.
- What are its business values? Evolution Organics is eager to be ethically and environmentally aware and currently 50 percent of their product offering is organic.
- What does it sell? It provides a source of premium, natural health food supplements and wellness products. Products come from manufacturers that buy from natural or certified organic sources.
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This supplement distribution company was founded in 1998.
- What are its business values? Nutri-Link remains true to its founders’ aims of applying a scientific approach to its choice of nutritional supplements, dedicating the company to healthcare practitioners, only selling to registered practitioners and their patients, providing exceptional technical support and promoting the health benefits and lifestyle changes made possible through nutritional therapy.
- What does it sell? It has a product range of over 600 highly effective professional supplements. These include amino acids, antioxidants, fatty acids, probiotics, protein powders, vitamin A, B, C, D, E and K products and test kits.
This last supplement company is based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, but it’s worth a mention, as it’s the UK’s largest mail-order supplier of supplements, vitamins and minerals. It also created the first allergen-free glucosamine and has been recognised for producing the most refined cod liver oil available. It continues to work with experts in the sector to continually produce the best supplements out there.
- What are its business values? Back in 1996 when Healthspan was launched with just six products, the founder put a clear focus on quality, value for money and customer service. Ever since, the company has been at the forefront of advancements in the industry and it was one of the first to ensure its products were produced in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards.
- What does it sell? Healthspan provides vitamins, skincare, supplements for pets, nutrition for athletes and even nutritious food and drinks. Products are never tested on animals and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans where possible.
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Joining the supplements industry
If you’ve been inspired by any of the supplement companies listed above and fancy your chances of running your own business, take a look at our guide on how to start one. Be warned, however, that whilst this sector should be a rewarding one to be a part of, running a franchise of any kind involves a lot of hard work. You must be able to market your product, distribute it, provide customer service, manage legal issues and organise your financial affairs to make sure you maintain profitability.
Or, if you don’t think the supplements industry is quite right for you, why not consider franchise options in the wider field of healthcare? Click here to browse our current list of opportunities, from weight loss programmes and aesthetics companies to massage businesses and home care providers.
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©