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Press Release: Finalists for the third year running!

Updated: May 8

Sustainable clothing start-up Falling Leaf has again been named a finalist ahead of the Scottish final of the UK StartUp Awards 2024.


The UK StartUp Awards was launched to recognise the booming start-up scene across the UK which has accelerated over the last few years with over 900,000 new businesses founded in the UK in 2023, a 12% increase from the year before.

 

Over 900 businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s UK StartUp Awards and the contribution of these firms - all of which were started in the last three years - is significant, having created nearly 6,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales of £480 million.


Falling Leaf is a sustainable clothing and accessories brand established by Lindsay Galloway-Hall in 2021. The business has been nominated for the Fashion & Beauty StartUp of the Year Award in Scotland.


Lindsay Galloway-Hall, founder of Falling Leaf, said:

I'm absolutely delighted that we've been shortlisted for these awards three years on the trot. It's a real boost to be recognised for the hard work we've put in to get here, 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 despite all of the current challenges, and so many of them have a sustainable focus like ours at Falling Leaf. This is the future of our economy, and it's really exciting to be a part of it”.

A woman dressed in Falling Leaf clothing in front of a shop display of that clothing
Founder Lindsay visiting one of Falling Leaf's stockists, Coorie in Broughty Ferry

Supported nationally by ScoreApp, GS1 UK, Starling Bank, OVHcloud, GiftRound, Airwallex, 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. The winners from each region will then be invited to the first UK final taking place at Ideas Fest, the Glastonbury for Business festival in Tring, Hertfordshire on 12th September 2024.

 

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the UK StartUp Awards, said:

“​​Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs, innovation and wealth creation across the UK. All 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 amazing new businesses that are creating real impact in their sectors. Building on the success of previous years, we are now looking to identify the ‘best of the best’ with all the finalists who win their category in their region going on to represent their region at the first ever UK National StartUp Awards final later this year”.

 The UK 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 UK StartUp Awards are running for the third year after launching in 2022.

 

This year’s regional UK StartUp Awards finalists can be found online at https://startupawards.uk/

 

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EDITOR NOTES

 

 

StartUp Awards

 

The UK StartUp Awards is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards; an established programme nationally receiving thousands applications annually.

 

The UK 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.

 

After extending across the whole of the United Kingdom last year, the UK StartUp Awards will now host an awards for the winners of each 10 UK regions at a national final later in the year.



Falling Leaf


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. Other products include organic cotton t-shirts, caps and beanies, plus gilets, duffel bags, bum bags and umbrellas all made from recycled plastics.


The aim of Falling Leaf is to showcase the beauty of Scotland and its wild landscapes while creating unique, sustainable clothing that doesn't cost the earth.


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