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Ulverston GMS sites

The world-leading Cephalosporin manufacturing site at GSK Ulverston, opened in 1948, plays a key role in the fight against infectious diseases. The site is a global Centre of Excellence for the manufacture of sterile and oral Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) used to treat an estimated 50 million patients worldwide each year.

Key technologies include, state of the art bulk powder sterile manufacturing, used to produce injectable antibiotic products such as cefuroxime sodium and ceftazidime. Specialist capability to manufacture oral antibiotics for tablets through spray drying which provides precise particle size to maximise efficacy and the use of wax encapsulation techniques to give effective taste masking for paediatric suspensions.

In addition, the Ulverston site takes its environmental impact extremely seriously and employs the best technologies available to recover solvents, treat effluent and minimise CO2 emissions


  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Scientific
  • Quality & Validation
  • Logistics
  • Finance
  • Procurement


Situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria and only 10 miles from Lake Windermere, Ulverston is a delightful market town. It has a unique charm, with friendly and quirky independent specialist shops, traditional pubs and a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and accommodation. It also has a reputation as the Festival Town of the South Lakes with a packed calendar of events including: Dickensian Festival, Lantern Procession, Flag Festival and other interesting events throughout the year. Ulverston events listing.

Ulverston is also the birthplace of Stan Laurel and to celebrate this, Ulverston houses the world's only Laurel and Hardy Museum. At the top of Hoad Hill, overlooking the town, Morecambe Bay and the Furness Peninsula stands a monument erected in 1850 as a tribute to Sir John Barrow - a naval administrator and traveller born in Ulverston.  The Monument has recently been restored and it is open to the public whenever the flag is flying on top of the Hill.  

There is a thriving arts and crafts community in Ulverston. Unique speciality shops line the cobbled streets and fascinating ginnels and there is a colourful outdoor market each Thursday and Saturday, with a Farmers' Market on the third Saturday of the month.

The town is also the home of the shortest, deepest and widest canal. It is where pole vaulting originated as a competitive sport and marks the start of the Cumbria Way, a 70 mile walk through the Lake District to Carlisle.

Conishead Priory is home to one of the largest Buddhist Communities in Europe, this Buddist Temple and historic mansion is set in 70 acres of woodlands and gardens on the shores of Morecambe Bay.

Key processes

  • Chemical conversion

  • Sterile processing

  • Spray drying

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