They've done it again! Stirling-based start-up Falling Leaf has been named a finalist in two separate categories ahead of the Scottish Final of the StartUp Awards.
The StartUp Awards has been launched to recognise the booming start-up scene across the UK which has accelerated since the 2019 pandemic. Over 800,000 new businesses were founded in the UK since 2021, a 4.3% increase from the year before.
A record number of businesses applied to this year’s StartUp Awards, with 1,100 firms shortlisted across ten UK nations and regions. The contribution of these firms - all of which were started in the last three years - is significant, having created over 5,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales of £584 million.
Falling Leaf is a sustainable clothing brand founded by Lindsay Galloway-Hall in 2021. The business has been nominated for both the Online Retail StartUp of the Year and the Rebel StartUp of the Year.
Lindsay, founder of Falling Leaf, said: "I'm thrilled that Falling Leaf has been shortlisted in the StartUps again, and this time not just for one award, but for two! It's such a boost to be recognised for all of the hard work it takes to create a new business, particularly in these challenging times. It's also a huge compliment to be shortlisted alongside such amazing brands and people – we're all in this together, so I'm looking forward to catching up with them all to celebrate at the awards ceremony in Glasgow next month”.
Supported nationally by Starling Bank, British Business Bank, BT, Creative Ideaz, GS1 UK, Jeeves, Join Talent, ScoreApp and The Purposeful Project, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.
The cohort of finalists will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards, said:
“Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs, innovation and in supporting communities in every nation and region across the UK. All of the finalists this year represent the best of those entrepreneurs who have spotted an opportunity and through their sheer hard work, talent and perseverance, have created an amazing new business that is creating real impact in its sector.”
The StartUp Awards was created in collaboration with the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, one of the most successful awards programmes in the UK. The StartUp Awards are running for the second year after launching in 2022.
This year’s StartUp Awards finalists can be found online at https://www.freshbusinessthinking.com/national-startup-awards/finalists/2023-shortlist/this-years-shortlist
New company data compiled from - https://www.informdirect.co.uk/company-formations-2022/
The StartUp Awards is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards - an established programme nationally receiving thousands applications annually - and the Wales Start-Up Awards, the only regional awards currently celebrating new businesses in the UK.
The StartUp Awards 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 is now taking the passion and drive to celebrate new business and extending across the whole of the United Kingdom.
Launched in Stirling in 2021, Falling Leaf is an environmentally and socially conscious clothing brand with a Scottish photography twist.
Designed in Stirling, their super soft hoodies and t-shirts are sustainably and ethically made, printed in solvent-free, water-based inks, and feature founder Lindsay's own photos taken on her motorbike travels around Scotland.
The aim of Falling Leaf is to showcase the beauty of Scotland and its wild landscapes while creating unique, sustainable, guilt-free clothing that doesn't cost the earth.