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Our business

We are a portfolio medical technology business that exists to restore people's bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. 

We now operate in more than 100 countries worldwide. We are a constituent of the UK’s FTSE100 and our shares are traded in London and New York. We have paid a dividend to shareholders on our Ordinary Shares every year since 1937.

We develop and produce pioneering products across our three franchises: Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine & ENT and Orthopaedics.

Our sales force

Sales representatives are highly trained and skilled individuals. Becoming a sales representative requires intense training, including passing a strict certification programme, before engaging in discussions with, and ultimately selling products to customers.

Once a sales representative is trained and certified, they typically spend the majority of their time working directly with and supporting customers to aid in the safe and effective use of our advanced medical technologies, or identifying and contacting new customers. 


We have manufacturing facilities around the world, including: UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, India, China and Costa Rica.

We purchase raw materials, components, finished products and packaging materials from key suppliers that we select through our centralised procurement team.

We outsource manufacturing where necessary to obtain specialised expertise or where it is possible to gain lower cost without undue risk to intellectual property. Our suppliers are trained and monitored through on-site assessments and performance audits that include quality, service and delivery. Read more about our Compliance Programme for those working with us.

Medical education

We are committed to empowering healthcare professionals with education and training to help improve patient outcomes across the globe. 

Every year thousands of customers attend our state-of-the-art training centres in the US, UK and China and Smith+Nephew courses at multiple hospitals and facilities around the world. Working under expert guidance, attendees refine techniques and learn new skills, whilst experiencing the safe and effective use of our products.

We also offer an engaging online platform to supplement traditional peer-to-peer in-person interactions. Read more about our education and training services. 

Research and development

At the heart of our innovation strategy is our R&D team, delivering meaningful innovation and launching new products, systems and services that provide compelling clinical evidence. 

Our history

We have a proud history of more than 160 years of improving health around the world.

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