Our clients - Gordon McQuilton

Specialised Orthotic Services

When I finally leave work, it’s going to be a big moment for me

From his garden shed, Gordon McQuilton started with £300 to create a pioneering healthcare business responsible for helping thousands of disabled people live more comfortably. As he prepares to finally leave Specialised Orthotic Services after 36 years, he shares his remarkable journey.

After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, an apprenticeship with Rolls Royce had seemed a smart career move for Gordon McQuilton. Then one day, a new machine was loaded into place at the jet engine workshop in Derby, replacing the work of 40 men at a stroke. That’s when Gordon knew it was time for a rethink on his future. 

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Fact file

  • Company name – Specialised Orthotic Services
  • Location – Burton-on-Trent UK
  • Founded - 1981
  • Business activity – medical support products
  • Annual sales - c£7m
  • Reason for sale - retirement
  • Sold – Jan 2015
May 2017
Specialised Orthopedic Services acquired by Drive Medical Limited

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