In 2015 Hilton Herbs celebrates its 25th year in business, and Hilary and Tony Self are pleased to say they are still as passionate about what they do as when they first started making herbal supplements for animals in the stable yard of their Victorian farmhouse in Surrey back in 1990! Below is a short film documenting how it all began.
In 1993 the business out-grew the Surrey premises and was relocated to Downclose Farm, North Perrott, in rural Somerset and since then a purpose-built manufacturing facility has been constructed where all Hilton Herbs herbal products, both dry and liquid are manufactured, under an EU accreditation scheme, to ensure safety and traceability of all product ingredients (see Quality Control section). The offices are located in a converted Victorian red brick cow shed which form one side of the original old ham stone farmyard. The business is just a hop and a skip from the small village of North Perrott and visitors to Hilton Herbs often find it hard to believe that such a thriving business is hidden away at the end of a country lane!
From the very beginning Hilary and Tony's aim was to not only provide their customers with top-quality natural products, but to back them up with a professional, friendly and knowledgeable Helpline, providing in-depth information on herbal and complementary healthcare for animals. To this end Hilary successfully undertook a BSc degree in Herbal Medicine, qualifying in 2001 as a Medical Herbalist. In addition to working at Hilton Herbs, Hilary also runs her own human herbal practice and continues to carry out clinical research into the application of herbs for horses. Hilary has lectured on the use of herbs for horses and dogs at numerous veterinary seminars, equestrian events and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, America, Austria and the UK.
Hilton Herbs is quite possibly the only UK company manufacturing herbal and natural healthcare products for animals that can claim to have all its products formulated by a qualified Medical Herbalist. The whole team lead by Hilary and Tony feel it is vital that their customers should have the assurance of knowing that the products they feed their beloved animals are formulated by a knowledgeable and trained individual. Hilary has also written two books, providing further information on the application of herbs for horses, which are sold worldwide and are available in five languages.
Hilton Herbs continues to develop its product range, thanks to the undying enthusiasm of both the founders and the great team of people who work for them. It is amazing to think a company that started life nearly 25 years ago as the vision of two individuals has grown into an established business, providing herbal and natural healthcare products for horses, dogs, poultry, racing pigeons and birds, not only to customers in the UK but also to over 30 countries worldwide!
In recognition of their contribution to UK exports, Hlton Herbs has been awarded the UKTI sponsored Somerset Exporter of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2012.