INDEPENDENT chemist chain Raimes, The
Annual accounts for 2013 showed turnover at just short of pound(s)25.8 million, marginally behind the pound(s)25.82 million posted the previous year.
However, pre-tax profits increased from pound(s)1.3 million to pound(s)1.42 million partly as a result of a near pound(s)67,000 reduction in interest charges. Net debt in the year reduced from more than pound(s)7.9 million to around pound(s)7 million.
Total staff costs increased From pound(s)4.5 million to pound(s)4.8 million with average employee numbers growing from 169 to 187.
Directors' emoluments went up from pound(s)377,488 to pound(s)462,944 with the highest paid receiving pound(s)131,569, up from pound(s)129,150.
A dividend of pound(s)270,828 was paid in the year, a rise from the pound(s)266,308 from 2012.
He said: "We are beginning to look around again. Since the crash we have been rebuilding our finances and focusing on getting profitability back up.
"As with many other businesses things are getting more stable and we are beginning to look forward optimistically again."
Long serving managing director and superintendent pharmacist
The original Lindsay & Gilmour was set up in the 19th century and has been trading from its
The chemists were all brought under the Lindsay & Gilmour name in 1988, while the wholesale side of the business was sold in 1990.
INDEPENDENT chemist chain Raimes,