Our history

Our history

From 1858 to the present


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


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


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


Charles S Bullen buys John Reynolds Ltd.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Joe Bullen dies and Peter takes ownership of the business.


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.


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


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


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


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


Bullens moves into larger premises in Kempston Street, Liverpool.


Bullens expanded into the woundcare market.


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.


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


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


Bullens partnership with Spinal Injuries Scotland was launched.


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.


Bullen sponsored SIA Ski Trip to Folgaria in Italy for the first time, we also launched Liverpool Urology appliance Management Service (LUAMS), a centralised prescribing hub commissioned by Liverpool CCG.


Bullen provided support to all our customers during the pandemic.


Crohn’s & Colitis UK Healthcare Direct service was launched, a partnership between Crohn’s & Colitis UK, Bullen Healthcare and Pharmore Plus.


Bullen Healthcare and 6 CCGs (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Warrington, Halton and Wirral) worked collaboratively to mobilise and launch the Merseyside and Region Stoma Service (MARSS).