Success for Flourish CSR and Naturbeads

5 Jul 2022

Bath & North East Somerset based companies Flourish CSR and Naturbeads have been named among the most exciting new businesses in the region following an inaugural business start-up awards event.

The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming start up 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 start-ups 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.

Flourish CSR won the Business to Business Services StartUp category for the South West, while Naturbeads won best regional Manufacturing and Engineering StartUp.

Naturbeads is a company set up by University of Bath researchers aiming to replace plastic microbeads with sustainable alternatives. They have developed a range of innovative and renewable biodegradable cellulose-based products that can be used in cosmetics, paints, coatings, additives for the oil and gas industry packaging and composites. The award comes off the back of a successful £1.3m funding round to boost Naturbead’s commercialisation plans. 

Flourish CSR is a responsible business agency launched by Louise McCabe and Tara Luckman who met whilst working at ASOS.com.  Flourish gives retail businesses and fashion brands a helping hand with their corporate responsibility and sustainability challenges.  In just two years the team’s client list includes retail giants, high street names and leading international fashion collaborations.

Louise McCabe, Co-Founder of Flourish CSR said: “Starting this business just before a global pandemic could have gone badly wrong - but I’m glad to say we have flourished. We help clients large and small across the UK and Europe with their ambitions to make a step change in sustainability and social impact. Bath is a creative and supportive place for entrepreneurs, and we’re thrilled that Flourish CSR has been recognised as a winner”.