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Speakers Biographies

Wallace Cameron has been serving the first aid supply needs of industry for over 50 years.  It was started by Mr George Wallace and his partner Mr Cameron in 1950 in St Enoch Square, Glasgow with the aim to sell first aid products directly to industry.

In 1960 Wallace Cameron moved to newly built premises in Drakemire Drive, Glasgow and around this time it was sold by Lord Wallace to Smith & Nephew, then during the late 1980’s the company was acquired by Cedderoth of Sweden, a business partner of Smith & Nephew. Cedderoth was subsequently acquired by U.S. company Alberto Culver then in 1994 Wallace Cameron was bought by Giovanni Benedetti, Benedetti International returning it to private hands.

In February 2000 Wallace Cameron relocated to a new £3 million site in Wishaw near Glasgow. This modern site houses all facilities under one roof and consists of 80,000 square ft of offices, production and warehouse areas, plus 13 acres of spare land for future expansion. Our millennium award winning First Aid Adulto and Bambino Dispensers were introduced in 1998 and in March 2002 our new Mezzo and Piccolo were launched.

Wallace Cameron is now by far the largest first aid supplier in the UK supplying all major retail and industrial customers such as M&S, Boots, Superdrug, BT, Vodafone, Tesco, etc and also export to 30 countries worldwide.

Gio Benedetti, Benedetti International

Giovanni Benedetti came to Scotland from Italy at the age of 10 and worked in his Uncle’s Café during his spare time.

At the age of 19 Giovanni purchased a small Dry Cleaning Shop which expanded within 8 years to 16 shops servicing Ayrshire and Glasgow area.

In 1981 a New Company “ICS” was formed occupying a purpose unit, 70k sq ft Laundry in Kilwinning to exploit a New and Innovative process development by Giovanni for Reclaiming Industrial Gloves and the rental of Work Wear.

Over the next 7 years ICS grew organically from £500k turnover to £12m and servicing over 3,000 customers in the UK from its base in Kilwinning.  Major customers included Ford Motor Co, Vauxhall, Rover, Nissan, Lucas, GKN and Tesco.  The Company was sold to BET in 1989 for £15m.

In 1987 Giovanni became a director of Silcock Express, which was a £4m Management buy out from Sears Group.  The Company’s revenue grew from £36m to £120m over 6 years and was sold in 1993 for £52m.

Today Giovanni is Chairman and major shareholder of Benedetti International plc, which comprises of 4 companies with a projected turnover in 2002 of £65m; Pendigo Disposables, KSS Supplies, Wallace Cameron and Wrap Film Systems.

All companies are now leaders in the field they operate in with the development and launch of new and innovative products and further new products will be launches in the near future.

The Group’s strategy and philosophy is to be the most innovative supplier of Captured Dispensing Systems and Refills in the Hygiene & Pharmaceutical Industry.

On Friday 20 September 2002, Benedetti Paper Division was sold to SCA for £9.5m.

This is the first time that The Exchange has held this type of event and Gio, would be delighted to invite you to a tour of his premises. The visit will commence at 11.30am sharp and a buffet will be served at 12.30pm on the premises.  This event is free to members but places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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