P&G’s first European, overseas subsidiary was established in England in 1930 with the acquisition of Thomas Hedley & Co Ltd, whose origins date back to 1837. Thomas Hedley & Co initially manufactured soap and candles, but by the 1950s Hedley was producing products such as Fairy Soap, Daz, Tide, Dreft, Sylvan and Oxydol. Some of these brands are still a part of the UK brand portfolio, and we’ve added many more, including Aussie, Bold 2in1, Daz, Fairy, Flash, and Lenor.
Our UK locations span the width and breadth of the country. Our HQ and some general offices are based in Brooklands, Surrey, with others in Cobalt, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dublin, and Harrogate. Our plants and distribution centres are in London-W Thurrock, Manchester, Newbridge, Reading, and Skelmersdale, and our innovation centres are in Reading, Egham, and Newcastle. It’s at the Newcastle centre that one of our scientists, Dr. Philip Souter, patented the ground-breaking “P&G Purifier of Water” that can transform 10 litres of dirty water from deadly to drinkable in 30 minutes.
Today, we have sites across the UK with approximately 4,000 employees delivering 29 brands to our consumers. We’ve received many accolades for our work, including The Branded Supplier of the Year 2017 by The Grocer, a leading FMCG trade magazine, and we were recognized as one of The Best Places to Work in 2016—a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award.