Stirling-based sustainable clothing brand Falling Leaf Clothing has been named one of the most exciting new businesses in the region after being shortlisted as part of a brand new awards programme.
The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the pandemic began. In 2020, when most of the world was shutting down, more than 400,000 startups were set up in Britain, with similar increases seen in other European countries.
There was stiff competition with over 2,500 applications received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first-ever call for entries.
Lindsay Galloway-Hall, founder of Falling Leaf Clothing said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for these awards. It’s been a lot of hard work to get the business to this point and it’s such an honour to be recognised for what we’re trying to do, particularly alongside all these other fantastic brands. It’s great to see so many new businesses being created during these challenging times, and so many of them have a sustainable focus like ours at Falling Leaf Clothing. This is the future of our economy, and it’s really exciting to be a part of it.”
Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell and Intel, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals across the UK who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.
Co-founded by the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the new series follows the success of the Wales StartUp Awards, after organisers recognised the exceptional potential in the startup scene across the other British regions.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards National Series, said: “New firms are important for generating economic prosperity, employment opportunities and innovation. Since 2016, the Wales StartUp Awards have celebrated this amazing annual contribution to our economy by entrepreneurs and the impact they have on communities across the nation.
“Given the sheer volume of phenomenal startups we’ve heard from since then, as well as the huge post-pandemic shift in people’s desires to take their career in a new direction and set up a business against the odds, we felt it was the right time to take the programme nationwide. We’ve been blown away by the standard of entries in this first year and truly look forward to crowning the winners in June.”
Launched in Stirling in 2021, Falling Leaf Clothing is an online retailer of affordable, environmentally and socially conscious clothing with a Scottish photography twist. Their garments are sustainably and ethically made, printed in solvent-free, water-based inks, and feature FLC founder Lindsay’s own photos taken on her motorbike travels around Scotland. They also offer eco-embroidered organic cotton beanies and recycled PET caps – the caps stop around 1.5 plastic bottles going to landfill. All garments are PETA-approved vegan and Fair Wear Certified and are decorated using electricity from 100% renewable sources and 100% carbon neutral gas.
For more information about Falling Leaf Clothing, visit their website: www.fallingleafclothing.com