Thursday 14 November 2019

Dundalk firm Ovelle's 85 year success down to local family

Joanna Gardiner
Joanna Gardiner

A Dundalk company founded some 85 years ago, under the innovative thinking, dedication and commitment of a local family has become a business inspiration.

Ovelle, founded by Joseph Gardiner, and now run by his grand daughter Joanna and grandson Patrick, now export their multi-award winning skincare brands for sensitive skin to three continents globally.

On a fast growth trajectory, Ovelle exports 60% internationally and has a very strong base in Irish Pharmacy.

Since 1934 the Gardiner family have been making traditional family skincare products over three generations since Joseph Gardiner created the first Family Skincare Apothecary in Ireland.

Up to this point in history, creams and ointments had been made up by apothecary chemists in individual chemist shops. Ovelle set out to manufacture apothecary bases, creams and ointments and trusted BP formulations to remedy skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Ovelle became the first Irish manufacturing skincare Apothecary in 1934. Created by Joseph Gardiner to service the traditional chemist shop across the whole island of Ireland and subsequently led by Sean Gardiner, Rose Gardiner and Gerard Gardiner and now the third generation Joanna Gardiner and Patrick Gardiner.

Ovelle traded and performed through major events in history including the Second World War, multiple recessions and the massive changes across society in Ireland since 1934.

Based along the border Ovelle navigated the troubles and endured through many difficult times employing three generations of loyal staff in Dundalk.

'One great achievement is our endurance which is down to our talented and conscientious hardworking staff over many years. I personally believe the character of the people of Dundalk, a high achieving industrial town, sometimes against the odds, has allowed us to endure, adapt and in many survive 85 years,' says Joanna Gardiner, CEO.

Ovelle research, manufacture and distribute from Dundalk to the whole island of Ireland, the UK, The Gulf States and Middle East and more recently Hong Kong and China.

Joanna added that it was through investment in world recognised standards that they have sustained this growth.

'Standards that allow us manufacture pharma licensed medicines, medical devices and certified organic formulations to the highest ethical Sedex & Environmental standards ISO 14001 and PETA cruelty free and vegan standards are at the heart of our success,' adds Patrick Gardiner, Research & Quality Director.

Joanna concludes, 'I am proud to announce that we are the first manufacturing site in Dundalk to invest heavily in renewable solar panels to allow us generate our own electricity on site.'

Ovelle also has strong links with medical professionals and is a long term supplier into hospitals and aid agencies worldwide.

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