The Award for Aesthetic Product Distributor of the Year

This award acknowledges the vital role played by UK aesthetic product distributors who bring international products and treatments to the UK medical aesthetic market. Distributors that are also pharmacies should enter the Pharmacy Distributor of the Year category. Any pharmaceutical distributor entries to this category will be moved and you will be notified. Finalists will be selected on the basis of their customer service, product representation and ongoing support to practitioners. You are encouraged to keep your entry concise and clear; bullet points and the use of formatting options such as bold, underlines and italics are encouraged to ensure your entry is easy to digest for judges. A strict character limit of 1,700 (including spaces) is enforced for each question and you must not exceed this; however, your entry does not have to meet it. References are included in the character count, although you may supply a reference list as part of your supplementary materials if it exceeds the character count. The winner will be selected from the finalists using a combination of Aesthetics reader votes and judges’ scores. Voting will constitute a 30% share of the final score.


AestheticSource Ltd

AestheticSource was founded in 2011 by Lorna McDonnell Bowes and David McDonnell. With Lorna’s longstanding background and unprecedented reputation in Aesthetics, supported by David’s extensive global and commercial background, they set up AestheticSource Ltd – a UK based, specialist distributor of clinically proven aesthetic products.

Lorna has had a keen interest in skin since her first staff nurse role in dermatology in 1987. She then specialised in medical aesthetics in the early 1990s enjoying many years of delivering medical aesthetic procedures whilst running her own skin clinic. Her passion for skin led her to set up and to continue to develop AestheticSource, with an ever growing team who share her love of aesthetics and all things skin. 

AestheticSource began distributing award-winning, clinically backed NeoStrata in 2012. Lorna and David gradually built their team through using industry experts and consultants carefully moving to hiring full-time staff.

Gradually throughout the years, AestheticSource has been approached by many brands who want the company to distribute their products for them in the UK and after careful consideration and investigation, the portfolio has grown to the 9 brands we hold today.

Due to the rapid growth and continued development of the portfolio, the AestheticSource team now consists of over 20 staff plus an outsourced warehouse, PR agency and consultant trainers.

See attached our company Timeline Image and Company Video of “Where are now”…

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Highly Commended

HA-Derma Ltd.

HA-Derma was established to act as an independent exclusive distributor for IBSA Italia following a thorough selection process.

HA-Derma has been the exclusive UK & Ireland distributor since 2015.

We have been persistent in passing our market and product knowledge onto practitioners. Our aim is not just selling products, but to focus on helping practitioners to achieve the best possible results from the IBSA portfolio.

We are very proud of our strategy “train first – treat after” regardless of the experience the practitioner may have. This helped us to promote IBSA’s global anti-ageing strategy and deliver the company’s unique concept of “curing the wrinkles” instead of just fixing them. We continuously work very closely with IBSA, and as a result of this, practitioners who work with us have access to this first-hand, undiluted knowledge about the products.

We consider ourselves fortunate to be working with a company like IBSA, who leads the way in the hyaluronic acid innovations.

Joanne Passaretti, IBSA Italia: “HA-Derma has not only gained the attention of these markets making the IBSA aesthetic products known in record time but has also helped to make the IBSA’s brands well-known worldwide. HA-Derma is by far the most efficient distributor in IBSA’s dermoaesthetic business unit with a strong focus on professional education and patient welfare.”

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Cambridge Stratum

CEO started at Cambridge Instruments that developed and manufactured complex scientific instruments.  Worked in R&D and and field support:

  • Scanning electonic microscopes
  • Electron beam microfabrication ( nano engineering)
  • A range of Medical equipment e.g. ECG and defibrillators

Then worked at Philips Scientific and Industrial ( Previously Pye Unicam) in design assurance on a range of spectrophotometers.

After that his career moved into product marketing, sales and general management before starting his own company which formed a joint venture with the Taiwanese supplier.

Wife Lou Sommereux set up her aesthetics clinic Cosmex Clinic in 2002 and quickly became a founding board member of the BACN.  In 2012 Lou decided to broaden the appeal of her clinic and include energy based treatments.

New premises identified in 2014. The initial product was to be a well known hair removal laser until a price of £65,000+ vat was quoted.  

Became the catalyst for the formation of Cambridge Stratum and started the search for suitable suppliers in the Far East.  

The search ultimately entailed:

  • Alibaba desktop survey
  • Three tours of China - 20 vendor appraisal 

Ultimately settling on 3 suppliers:

a) Korean manufacturer of skin and hair analysers

b) Shanghai manufacturer of lasers and other medical devices

c) A Beijing manufacturer of a multi function facial machine

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Best Brothers

BestBrothers Ltd has humble beginnings and was founded in 2014 with the idea of becoming a mobile hair removal service to home based clients, never could we imagine the position we are in now and that is being a Distributor for Asclepion Laser Tegnologies from Germany. We first of all started with Ryan's technical laser service background and with him being in contact with so many people in the aesthetic and beauty industry made it more accessible to be introduced to the right people.

Brandon came on board with his vast experience of Marketing and Graphic Designing to put us on the map. He is vigorously busy introducing BestBrothers Ltd/Asclepion on social media and we are experiencing the effect of good marketing.

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Key Dates

  • Entries Open 1st May
  • Entries Close 28th June
  • Finalists announced and voting opens 2nd September
  • Voting and Judging Close 31st October
  • Winners Announced The Aesthetics Awards Ceremony 7th December

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