When Gordon Bayne and Eric Carrick launched Baymed on July 7th 1977, they had little idea that what started to fill a niche in the Health and Safety market within heavy industry in Scotland would still be going strong 40 years later.

The company has steadily expanded; from small beginnings in a main door flat and basement in the West End of Glasgow to our current warehouse and office premises in East Kilbride.

Our range of over 7,000 products is constantly being revised to ensure that we keep abreast of new technologies, new developments, a fast-changing marketplace and that we continue to be able to supply our many customers throughout the UK with the best value.

As we look forward to a bright future we would just like to a sincere say Thank You to all of our customers; past, current and future, and our suppliers and partners. Hang on to your medically-approved, fully-certified hats, we aim to continue growing and developing our business with your help. 

It was forty years ago....

Perhaps you're lucky enough not to remember what was going on 40 years ago?

If so, then the following might be of interest in historical terms, for the rest of us, it is a look at what we used to know:

£1 in 1977 would be worth £6.50 today.

Average UK House price 1977 £12,804  - 3.58 X the average UK salary £3,572

Average UK House price 2017 £216,674 – 7.85 X the average UK salary £27,600

 

 

Here's a rundown of some of the highlights (ahem) of 1977 and, of course, no look back would be complete without revealing what the UK number 1 single was on the day that Baymed came into being....answer at the bottom of this section.

  • 1977 was the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Did you attend a street party? 
  • 10 January – Clive Sinclair introduces his new two-inch screen television set, which retails at £175 (£1137.50 today).
  • Fleetwood Mac's Grammy-winning album Rumours is released, featuring songs that include "The Chain", "Don't Stop", and "Go Your Own Way".
  • April – Mike Leigh's comedy of manners Abigail's Party opens at the Hampstead Theatre, starring Alison Steadman.
  • 2 April – Red Rum wins the Grand National for the third time.
  • Ford Fiesta goes on sale in UK
  • Inflation has fallen slightly this year to 15.8%, but it is the fourth successive year that has seen double digit inflation.
  • Colour television licences exceed black and white licences for the first time in the U.K.
  • The UK Hosted the Eurovision Song contest. Our entry was "Rock Bottom" from Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran. We came 2nd to France’s Marie Myriam.
  • Jul 7 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London
  • In September - Freddie Laker launches his new budget Skytrain airline, with the first single fare from Gatwick to New York City costing £59 (£383.50) compared to the normal price of £186 (£1209).
  • October - Punk band Sex Pistols release Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols on the Virgin Records label. Despite refusal by major retailers to stock it, it debuts at number one on the UK Album Charts the week after its release.
  • 22 November – British Airways inaugurates regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.
  • 25 December – The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show on BBC 1 television attracts an audience of more than 28 million viewers, one of the highest ever in U.K. television history
  • 27 December – The much-acclaimed Star Wars film, which has been a massive hit in the United States, is screened in British cinemas for the first time

And that number one ?

Hot Chocolate: So You Win Again


 

Meet the team

Managing Director: Richard Dover - suave, sophisticated, erudite....none of these have ever been used to describe Richard. Straight-talking, honest and absolutely nuts about all things mechanical...yep, that's more like it.

Operations Director: Scott Donegan -  Scott has been with the company longer than anyone and longs for those halcyon days before computers came into the workplace. He still likes to work things out with a pencil.

Sales Manager: Jayne Gildea - having grown up in South Africa, Jayne brings a unique perspective (and accent) to all things Baymed. Her background in nursing, combined with her Paisley/Pretoria dialect means she keeps us all in line in a matronly fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Service Team

Jaq Hutton: Jaq is the bean-counter in the business and spends her spare time exercising both mind and body as a diet and fitness guru. She loves to keep us all on the straight and narrow with regards to eating and exercising properly. We cannot confirm rumours that we spend Jaq’s days off eating cake.

Elaine Donegan: Elaine is responsible for invoice processing and making sure that the office works efficiently and effectively. Her maternal instincts extend to those in the employ of Baymed, including the use of the slipper when required.

Mark Simpson: Mark is the man who deals with sales order processing and is the face and voice of Baymed for many of our customers. He spends his spare time following various sporting clubs and buying and selling their strips on Ebay as and when they fall out of favour with him.

Jim Connell: Jim is the newest recruit to the company and currently floats around various roles, including keeping the company website and social media up to date and creating marketing materials. His experience on the musical theatre stage is often utilised to entertain the staff and customers who visit. (Available for all functions).

Glenn Morris: Glenn is the man who runs the substantial warehouse, making sure that all orders are picked, packed, processed and despatched with consummate ease. Glenn’s out-of-work hobbies include golfing and various other sporting activities. Unfortunately, the recent arrival of a granddaughter has put the kybosh on most of these.