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British Science Festival Partnership

British Science Festival 2022

We’re delighted to announce that Morningside is a Major Partner of the British Science Festival 2022, which this year is being hosted at De Montfort University.

The annual festival is close to our hearts at Morningside because our company has grown from investment in innovation, Research & Development and continuous improvement.

Over the past 30 years we have taken an approach unique for a pharmaceuticals manufacturer and supplier; and are proud to be able to offer pharmacists and patients’ greater choice. Today we have over 302 marketing authorisations in the UK and globally.

Morningside is also passionate about promoting education, skills and preparing young people for the world of work.

The Festival features more than 100 events showcasing some of the most exciting, impactful and inspirational research happening in the host city Leicester and across the UK.

This year’s theme is ‘Connections’ which is focused on celebrating togetherness, after a period of isolation following the Covid lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.

However, as well as exploring the importance and joy in connections between individual scientists, research groups and institutions, visitors also discovered the different ways connections appear across all areas of science.

A spokesperson from the festival said: “The connection between human actions and climate change is a fantastic topic to explore. Or how about how atoms connect to form chemical bonds which make up everything around us. What is water if not a connection between hydrogen and oxygen?

“The human body is another topic that offers a plethora of opportunities to think about connections. Why not use how our organs are connected and work together as a brilliant topic to learn.”

There was also a keen focus on innovations in science, technology, engineering and maths, which are built on connections between people.

For Morningside the theme of ‘Connections’ has been a key part of the business’ innovative strategy, which is to manage the entire end-to-end process from Research & Development, to registration, to sales, marketing and export within the company.

We develop and launch a wide-range of niche generic medicines, which offer new novel ways for patients to take their medication.

Over the past 15 years the business has been the first and second to launch a generic product in the UK on over 72 occasions. This includes becoming the first to launch the generic version of the contraceptive pill (Microgynon) in the UK, in 2010.

To find out more about the British Science Festival visit here.

Morningside Arena Named Sponsorship

Morningside Arena, Leicester

Morningside Pharmaceuticals’ naming-rights arrangement with the Leicester Arena is our most ambitious sponsorship endeavour to-date.

The 3,000 capacity in-door stadium and sports facility, which is home to UK basketball champions the Leicester Riders, has been officially renamed Morningside Arena, Leicester.

The venue also stages premium sports events like international boxing matches, comedy performances from the likes of Bill Bailey and music concerts which cater for every taste.

But for Morningside Pharmaceuticals, the arena is about far more than just having our name associated with an iconic Leicester building. We want to give back to the community, so as part of the deal we are able to offer space in the arena to charities, good causes and community groups to use free of charge.

At the naming ceremony, our Chief Executive Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, said: “We’re committed to making a difference to our local community and the arena is a superb new facility for the city, the county and for the East Midlands.

“Through this partnership, we will be able to offer the venue for one day a month to local and national community projects which will be extremely valuable to all that benefit.

“We are thrilled to be making this commitment to improve the overall experience for users of the venue, and to support the use of the arena for community and charitable activities.”

Arena Director and Leicester Riders Chairman Kevin Routledge, added: “The arena and all of its partners are absolutely delighted with this naming rights sponsorship with one of Leicestershire’s great and global firms.

“We have all been working very hard to put the Arena on the sporting and entertainment map, as a flexible high-class arena, without losing our community focus, and working with Morningside Pharmaceuticals will be hugely beneficial to our strategy.”

Leicester Arena was opened in January 2016 as part of a collaboration between the basketball club, Leicester College and Leicester City Council.

Morningside Medical Centre & Marquee Sponsorship

Leicestershire County Cricket Club's Morningside Medical Centre

Morningside Pharmaceuticals is the proud sponsor of the Morningside Medical Centre and Morningside Marquee, at Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s famous Grace Road Ground.

Since 2016, Morningside has sponsored the Medical Centre, which provides treatment facilities during match days, as well as for the local community, and features state-of-the-art match preparation and rehabilitation support from injuries. It also doubling as a crowd medical facility for use by St John’s Ambulance during match days.

Hundreds of junior cricketers aged between 10 and 18 will continue be invited to the Morningside Medical Centre to receive further education on sports science and medicine there.

Morningside Marquee at Leicestershire County Cricket Club

In 2022, Morningside began sponsorship of the Morningside Marquee, which is also hosting organisations and community groups during County Championship games to help with their fundraising and awareness activities, while also offering a platform to network.

Such events include the opening of the Club’s memorial garden with the Bishop, Martyn Snow, while the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Leicester hosted a chosen charity, Healing Little Hearts.

Talking of the ongoing partnership, Morningside’s Chairman Dr Nik Kotecha OBE DL, said: “We’re delighted to be able to enhance our partnership with Leicestershire County Cricket Club by sponsoring the Morningside Marquee, which will provide a valuable space for local good causes to showcase their work and fundraise.

“At Morningside, we’re keen to support community projects which promote the benefits of healthy living, sport and team work, as well as giving back to the communities they serve. The cricket club is doing some great work to promote all of these endeavours, which is why we have decided to grow our partnership with the club this year.”

Charnwood Community Heroes

Charnwood Community Heroes - Dr Nik Kotecha speaking

Morningside were proud Headline Sponsors of this year’s Charnwood Community Heroes Awards, where individuals, community groups and businesses were honoured for giving back to their communities.

The event at Burleigh Court in Loughborough was attended by  more than 100 guests. The awards, hosted by Charnwood Borough Council, celebrated the positive contributions made by people and organisations in the borough during the first in-person version of the event since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the 51 nominations, there were great examples of how people and organisations have helped others to make Charnwood a better place. Nominees had supported neighbours, organised events for charity, started groups to help vulnerable people, delivered food parcels, set up foodbanks and committed time to help and support young people.

Some nominees have held events to bring communities together and others have helped people worship together during the pandemic. There are many inspiring stories.

Charnwood Community Heroes Awards 2022

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chairman of Morningside Pharmaceuticals, said: “It has been an honour to be involved in Charnwood Community Heroes and congratulations to all the nominees.

“This event was the perfect opportunity to promote and pay tribute to the incredible work that people in Charnwood do for each other and their communities. You have made the borough very proud.”

Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, the council’s lead member for communities, added: “This year’s Community Heroes has been extra special as we have been able to celebrate your hard work in the company of others.

“The pandemic hit everybody hard, but to see so many people still put others before themselves and work exceptionally hard makes me incredibly proud.

“Thank you to everyone who has nominated somebody for an award, and to everyone who was nominated for your tireless and selfless work.”

Culture & Communities Celebration

East Midlands Chamber's Cultures & Communities Event 2022

Morningside Pharmaceuticals were once again very proud to be a Headline Sponsor of the East Midlands Chamber’s Cultures & Communities event.

The amazing evening celebrated equality, diversity and inclusion at the Leicester Tigers Stadium, which was attended by a packed audience from across the region.

As a business which is working with communities to bring them together and improving the quality of life of the people living there, we were thrilled to show our support for this landmark cultural event, which highlights the huge benefits our multi-cultural communities bring to the East Midlands.

The night featured a terrific choral performance by children from Richardson Endowed Primary School, before speeches from each of the three headline sponsors, as well as traditional Indian dancing performances.

Morningside’s Chairman, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE DL, delivered a rousing speech which highlighted the 50th anniversary of the Ugandan Asian Refugee Crisis, and the parallels with the plight of Ukrainian refugees today.

After each speech every sponsor gave away a recognition award, with Morningside presenting the Excellence in Equality category.

A great evening of celebration of the region’s rich cultures, and in particular our unique equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE DL


Lift Off for LOROS’ Rocket Trail

Rocket Round Leicester

3 – 2 – 1 and we have lift off! Morningside is delighted to reveal that we are sponsoring a giant rocket, as part of LOROS Hospice’s Rocket Round Leicester art trail.

The charity bills the forthcoming event assomething out of this world is coming to Leicester’ and will see a free, fun, family-friendly art trail bring the people of Leicester together to share in the biggest art event the city has ever seen.

To reach the launch pad LOROS is working with leading artists to create the 10-week trail, which will comprise of 40 giant, spectacularly-decorated Rockets touching down across Leicester this summer between Monday 19th July, before blasting off on Sunday 26th September.

Visitors to the art trail will steer a voyage of discovery through the city’s streets and open spaces and help even life-long Leicester dwellers discover something new about where they live. Each Rocket will be designed by a professional artist and sponsored by local businesses. With a likely footfall of around 300,000 people, bringing in an expected £6 million to the local economy, Rocket Round Leicester will form a pivotal part of the city’s post-pandemic economic recovery, as well as a brilliant day out for everyone.

We are delighted to reveal that Morningside has chosen a design called ‘Hopes, Dreams and Wishes’ by artist Lynne Hollingsworth for our rocket. We can’t reveal what it looks like yet, as this is still top secret, but what we can say is that the design aligns well with Morningside’s mission of “making quality healthcare an affordable and accessible reality thorough the world.”

After the trail ends there will be the chance to say a final ‘goodbye’ at a Farewell Event, before each Rocket is auctioned to raise funds for LOROS Hospice to enable them to continue to care for over 2,500 terminally ill local people.

John Knight, LOROS Hospice CEO, added: “Rocket Round Leicester will be the biggest and most exciting art project ever seen in Leicester. It will bring fun, colour and creativity to the city all for a brilliant cause. I’d like to urge everyone, local people, schools, community organisations and local businesses to get involved and be part of something amazing for the city of Leicester.”

People & Skills Summit Sponsorship

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce's People & Skills Summit 2021

Morningside Pharmaceuticals are the proud sponsors of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce’s People and Skills Summit, which took place between 14th June to 18th June 2021.

The week-long series of events provided SMEs, organisations and charities from across East Midlands, with an opportunity to attend webinars from expert speakers and panellists.

During the week our Chairman, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, took part in a panel Q&A, as part of the session entitled: ‘The Skills Landscape Beyond Recovery’.

The panel explored what skills are required to support recovery and growth, to what extent they exist in the region, and how we can work collectively to deliver skills for the economy beyond the recovery.

During the Q&A the panel looked at the challenges around recruiting talent in the East Midlands, how to plug the so called ‘skills gap’ and whether the Government’s Skills and Education Bill offers the solution.

The panel particularly focused on the need for academia, the public and private sectors to come together to better equip young people with ‘work ready skills’, as well as the need for more exposure to the range of careers available while in education.

A spokesperson from the East Midlands Chamber added: “People and Skills Week brought together businesses alongside academic institutions and thought leaders to identify the practical steps our region can take to address the challenge of accessing people with the right skills.

“With the economy emerging from the impact of the past year, our People and Skills Week explored what skills are required to support recovery and growth, to what extent they exist in the region, and how we can work collectively to deliver skills for the economy beyond the recovery.”

Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)

CSJ (Centre for Social Justice) Awards

Morningside Pharmaceuticals were proud sponsors of the national Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards 2020.

The CSJ Awards are a high-profile awards ceremony that honours the best
grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain.

Six winners received a £10,000 prize and their work was showcased in
front of high profile politicians, philanthropists and business people from
across the country.