Our History: Mark Lever

Mark Lever was born in England. When he was very young, his family decided to emigrate to New Zealand. Mark studied Veterinary Science at Massey University in New Zealand. After qualifying in May 1988 as a Veterinary Surgeon, he decided to come back to England to reinstill his roots. Mark spent time living and working at several practices before settling in Sowerby Bridge.

Having worked as a vet for many years and knowing what problems Veterinary practices were having with fluid therapy, Mark set out to create unique giving sets with the Veterinarian and Veterinary nurse in mind. He endeavoured to make their life that little bit easier when it came to anything fluid.

Mark Lever created Infusion Concepts at his dining room table. As Mark started designing and manufacturing his products, he roped in the nurses from his Practice to repack and label his newly developed products. Having worked with Krissy frequently at the Practice, he was quick to rope her in to assist with this. She would often spend many a night labelling giving sets or repacking injection and closed caps ready for the Veterinary market.

Infusion Concepts proliferated, and Mark realised that giving sets were rapidly taking over his home. He moved into his first business premises at Holmes Road, Sowerby Bridge, allowing the team to serve its growing community of loyal customers better.

New premises meant more staff, and this was when Jacqui entered his life as his Warehouse Manager. After working together, they realised that they were more than just work colleagues, and they became a couple. With Jacqui’s organisational skills, Mark’s warehouse was soon operating like a well-oiled machine.

It was here that Infusion Concepts began to find great success at Veterinary Congresses. One of Mark’s proudest achievements was winning the BSAVA British Small Shelf Stand award.

As Infusion Concepts began to grow, Mark identified a gap in the market for a fast, reliable and reasonably priced service and repair centre. In 2013 John Bennett joined Mark’s growing team, working from his home workshop in York as Infusion Concepts service engineer.

Unfortunately, Holmes Road was situated right next to the River Calder, and the premises were prone to flooding. The worst flood came when the whole of the Calder Valley suffered on Boxing Day in 2015. The devastating flood essentially destroyed the vast majority of Infusion Concepts stock.

Although devastated, Mark, being as driven and passionate as ever, didn’t let this slow him down.

Infusion Concepts HQ soon found a new home in business premises situated on a hill not far away from Holmes Road. Wanting to remember his home town in New Zealand, Mark was quick to change the premises name to Wellington Business Park. From the acorn that was Holmes Road, Infusion Concepts became an Oak tree. In 2018 John relocated from his home to a fully equipped service centre at Unit 1 Alan Farnaby Way, in the quaint village of Sherrif Hutton, York.

Unfortunately, in February of 2020, Mark Lever passed away after a short battle with throat cancer. He left behind an unforgettable presence still missed by customer, friends and family alike – alongside a successful legacy with Infusion Concepts.

Krissy bravely stepped into the role of Director at Infusion Concepts. Soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic began.

In honour of her step-father’s legacy, Krissy leads Infusion Concepts into an exciting new future with the same close-knit commitment to customer satisfaction Mark Lever prided himself upon with Infusion Concepts.

Krissy is expanding both international and domestic operations. New products such as the BeneFusion VP1 Volumetric Infusion Pump are already coming out onto this newly revamped site. As the world opens up once more in 2021, expect to find Infusion Concepts at congresses – founding customer relationships that put you first and honour the legacy of Mark Lever.