Global healthcare company Randox Health will become the new sponsor of the Grand National at Aintree in a five year deal it has been confirmed.
Starting from 2017, the audacious move will see the Crumlin based firm reach a global audience through one of the world’s greatest horse racing events.
Taking over from the present sponsor Crabbie’s, the five year agreement with Randox will include all three days of the National Festival.
“The Randox Health team is extremely pleased to partner the world’s greatest race,” said founder and managing director Dr Peter FitzGerald CBE.
“The Grand National offers us a major public platform to raise awareness of preventative healthcare and to encourage people to take control of their health and well-being.
“We see this partnership as a natural fit, as both organisations invest heavily in the future and we aim to use our partnership to promote a positive lifestyle and to bring enjoyment to millions of people.
“We care about people’s health and this is the people’s race.
Founded in 1982, Randox has grown hugely to become a world leader in healthcare diagnostics.
Today more than 5% of the world’s population – in excess of 370 million people across 145 countries – receives medical diagnosis using Randox products each year.
In recent years the firm has extended its reach into personal health care and has invested more than £220m since 1992. The company currently employs more than 1,400 people of 44 different nationalities.
The research has also led to the establishment of a number of successful subsidiary companies supporting forensic toxicology, food safety and veterinary care, as well as leading developments within the pharmaceutical industry.
“Crabbie’s sponsorship of the Grand National will be a hard act to follow, but we look forward to rising to the challenge and sharing our vision for Randox Health further once the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National has drawn to a close and our rights for the world’s greatest race come into effect,” said Dr FitzGerald, himself a keen equestrian.
Offering health screening in its clinics, currently in London and Belfast, Randox Health plans to roll out clinics nationally and internationally over the next 12 months, including in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin.
John Baker, north west regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, which runs Aintree, said: “I am delighted to welcome Randox Health as our new partner from after the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival. This is an incredibly exciting time to join forces with Randox because they are highly ambitious as a company and share our aspiration to promote the Grand National to the maximum number of people in the years ahead.
“We are already working closely with Randox Health and are excited both about their plans for the future and how they see the role of our partnership within that.