Flavia Araujo-Rankin, founder and joint CEO of London Medical Laboratory, has been named as one of this year’s ‘Ones to Watch’ as part of the LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders programme for 2022.
The programme, which is supported by The Times and is now in its fifth year, celebrates the leaders behind tomorrow’s mid-sized firms – growing businesses that are making a big impact.
The nominations shine a spotlight on Britain’s most exceptional entrepreneurs, who continue to lead and grow their businesses, despite the uncertainty of the last few years.
Flavia Araujo-Rankin, founder and joint CEO of London Medical Laboratory, said: ‘I’m thrilled to be chosen as one of this year’s “Ones to Watch”. It’s an honour to be included in such a list of inspirational business pioneers.
‘London Medical Laboratory is the first omnichannel blood testing, diagnostic and phlebotomy business in the UK. We’re an industry disruptor offering health check and blood testing services in franchised High Street health stores and licensed pharmacies, and finger-prick home blood tests direct to customers ordered online and sent through the mail.
‘Our convenient direct-to-customer self-testing kits give people easy access to blood, Covid and STI test that they can do in the comfort of their homes and post the samples back to us. Our tests cover a wide range of conditions, from cholesterol and thyroid profiles, to fertility, menopause and heart health; with next-day results.
‘Our high-street services are also growing rapidly. We now offer blood tests in close to 100 pharmacies and health stores across the UK, including a partnership with Holland & Barrett.
‘We are currently expanding rapidly and I, and my talented team, have plenty of ideas for the future. We’re regularly releasing new tests for a wide variety of conditions, from allergies to overall wellness profiles, and we’re increasingly involved with many organisations’ staff healthcare programmes. LML is actively looking for new pharmacy partners across the UK who want to access these new services and join our rapidly growing team.
‘My ultimate vision is for blood testing to be available in every pharmacy and healthcare shop throughout the country, enabling people to take charge of their health.’
John Garner, managing partner at LDC added: ‘The volume and quality of submissions this year surpassed all of our expectations. We’ve been struck by the way business leaders have overcome challenges and adversity to run fast-growing and successful companies, proving that difficult circumstances can become the biggest driver of ambition.’