Sir George formally opened Bioquell's new headquarters on the West Portway Industrial Estate, following the company's move from their previous premises on the Walworth Road. "This is a vote of confidence in Andover, because Bioquell have decided to relocate within the town, keeping their existing loyal and skilled staff, and moving to more modern premises. This is important for the town because it broadens the economic base, and gives the town a bigger stake in some of the technological industries of the future." Bioquell is one of the town's largest employers, with nearly 200 people working on West Portway. Sir George was introduced by the Chairman of Bioquell, Nigel Keen, who then showed him round the two buildings which the company occupies. "Three quarters of Bioquell's output is exported, so they are very competitive in world markets. They are developing new technologies for dealing with infections, and can be called out at short notice by hospitals who discover that they have an infection problem." Sir George looked at a new spray that has been developed by Bioquell which heals wounds that have resisted other forms of treatment.
Also present at the opening were the Mayor and Mayoress of Andover, Cllr Chris and Frances Lynn. After the opening, guests were shown round the Research and Development, Service, Training and Manufacturing facilities. "Nick Adams, the Group Chief Executive, has done a fantastic job in building the company up and opening up new markets, and it must have been a proud day for him, as well as the rest of the company, when the move to the new premises was successfuly completed.