Our history

Our history


From 1858 to the present

1858

John Reynolds Ltd, producer and supplier of wooden legs and other surgical items opens on Rodney Street in Liverpool.

1892

Charles S Bullen starts work as an apprentice at John Reynolds Ltd.

1905

Charles S Bullen sets up his own business in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool.

1910

Charles S Bullen buys John Reynolds Ltd.

1927

Francis Joseph (Joe) Bullen, youngest son of Charles S Bullen joins the family business, aged 16. His first job in the company was making spring trusses for inguinal hernias.

1940s

CS Bullen Ltd expands into the stoma care market, manufacturing St Marks Colostomy belts and shields, and supplying black rubber stoma bags, manufactured by Koenig Rutzen in the United States.

1948

With the creation of the National Health Service, CS Bullen Ltd becomes an official contractor, supplying a full range of orthotic products including footwear, ready to wear braces, elastic hosiery, and mastectomy prostheses.

1952

Charles S Bullen dies and Joe takes ownership of the business with his wife Nora.

1956

Peter Bullen (current CEO and son of Joe) joins CS Bullen aged 16. Like his father, Peter’s first job was to make spring trusses for inguinal hernias.

1966

Joe Bullen dies and Peter takes ownership of the business.

1978

CS Bullen Ltd moves to Moss Street, Liverpool, specialising in orthotics and stoma care products. Employing over 100 people, the company were making 20-30 belts and corsets for incisional hernias each week.

1978

CS Bullen Ltd moves to Moss Street, Liverpool, specialising in orthotics and stoma care products. Employing over 100 people, the company were making 20-30 belts and corsets for incisional hernias each week.

1996

Paul Bullen (current MD) and Louise Bullen (son and daughter of Peter Bullen) join the business, making Bullens a fourth generation family run business.

1997

The orthotics side of the business was sold and the company decided to focus on stoma care.

1998

Chris Bullen (son of Peter Bullen) joins the company.

1999

Working with Bard Medical, Bullen expands into the urology market.

2002

Bullens moves into larger premises in Kempston Street, Liverpool.

2010

Bullens expanded into the woundcare market.

2012

After a period of continued growth Bullens purchases Glacier Buildings on Brunswick Business Park, cementing our presence in Liverpool as one of the UK’s leading Dispensing Appliance Contractors. Bullens extended its service by acquiring Pharmore Plus, their online Pharmacy business.

2014

Our first charity partnership was launched. SIA Healthcare is a partnership between Bullens, the Spinal Injuries Association, and Pharmore Plus.

2015

Shine Health Home Delivery, a partnership between Bullens, Shine and Pharmore Plus was launched. We also launched our partnership with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland.

2016

Bullens partnership with Spinal Injuries Scotland was launched.

2017

The Bladder & Bowel Community Home Delivery was launched, a partnership between Bullens, the Bladder & Bowel Community and Pharmore Plus. Our partnership with Bladder and Bowel UK was also launched.