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.
Falling Leaf Clothing will join the other shortlisted companies for the final in Glasgow in June
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 & 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.
He added: “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.”
Falling Leaf Clothing
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.
The brand's aim is to showcase the beauty of Scotland and its wild landscapes (their motto, featured on some of their garments, is “all good things are wild and free”) while creating unique, aspirational, sustainable, guilt-free clothing without the usual inflated price tags.
StartUp Awards National Series
The StartUp Awards National Series is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards - an established programme nationally receiving over 5,000 applications annually - and the Wales Start-Up Awards, the only regional awards currently celebrating new businesses in the UK.
The StartUp Awards National Series will recognise the achievements of those amazing individuals who have had a great idea, spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service.
Already established and thriving in Wales, the StartUp Awards National Series is now taking the passion and drive to celebrate new business and extending across the whole of the United Kingdom.