The Nelsons Story
22nd July 2015
We take a look at the family business story of Nelsons, the UK’s largest manufacturer of natural healthcare products.
The Nelsons Story
Nelsons' history begins with the founding father of homeopathy himself: Samuel Hahnemann. In 1860, his disciple, Ernst Louis Armbrecht, moved to London where he opened a homeopathic pharmacy and was able to put into practice the principles learned whilst studying Hahnemann's work. Ernst married Charlotte Nelson in 1866 and soon after began trading as Armbrecht, Nelson & Co., later to be abbreviated to A. Nelson & Co. Thus, the Nelsons brand was born.
Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy was to become the centrepiece of Nelsons' heritage and experience for over 150 years, and continues to provide the same high quality remedies, advice, expertise and service. Today, as Europe's oldest and the UK's largest manufacturer of homeopathic remedies.
Nelsons Enters a New Era
Nelsons has always been a family-owned company. Tragically, the remaining descendants of the founding family were killed in an aeroplane crash in the early 1970s. Dick Wilson, who had a long-standing passion and commitment to complementary medicine, was approached to take over the company.
Appreciating the increasing customer demand for homeopathic remedies, Dick pioneered the production of the first Nelsons range of over-the-counter homeopathic remedies in 1981, and went on to develop Nelsons into an international leader in its field, with a range of natural healthcare products which continues to grow.
Nelsons and the Dr Edward Bach Centre
Back in the 1930s an important chapter in Nelsons' history was written when Dr Edward Bach, a doctor with a keen interest in homeopathy, approached the Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy to help him make and sell his increasingly popular Bach Original Flower Remedies.
The relationship between Nelsons and The Dr Edward Bach Centre, based at Dr Bach's former home, Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire, continues to this day.
The Nelsons family of products continues to grow. Today Nelsons exports to countries around the world and has subsidiary offices in Boston in the US and Hamburg in Germany. The company is run today by Dick's eldest son, Robert, and his brother Patrick, leading a team of some 200 professional and committed employees.