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Clean start for duo’s growing soap brand

York Science Park resident Cosy Cottage Soap Company is celebrating growth following its recent move to laboratory facilities on the Science Park.

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Innovation Centre
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01904 373022

The story so far:

The innovative startup moved into its new Innovation Centre laboratory in July, since then it has seen monthly turnover increase threefold with a projection to deliver over £75,000 across the forthcoming twelve month period, thanks to the improved production facilities, professional environment and network of connections.

Cosy Cottage produces a range of soaps and skin care products using only sustainably sourced, natural ingredients. 100% of its products are suitable for vegetarians and currently approximately 40% are vegan, with almost 100% of their package being either recyclable or compostable.

Clara Challoner Walker, Founder and CEO of Cosy Cottage, says: “The fantastic networking opportunities provided by moving to the Science Park have already had a huge impact on our business, and working with organisations like Biovale and the Biorenewables Development Centre have provided further interventions which have helped our business growth.”

Cosy Cottage started life in the kitchen of Clara’s 350 year old cottage in Ganthorpe, York in 2016. Clara combined her background as a professional chemist with her passion for natural products to start developing her own range of soaps and skincare products.

Since the company made the move to the Innovation Centre laboratories Clara said they have significantly strengthened the business, expanding their range of products and sales channels. From selling their products at fairs, it has now grown to sell its products direct through its website and through other retailers, and are even developing ranges of bespoke products for third party organisations.

Kate Boyd, Operations Manager of Cosy Cottage, said that the company’s move had allowed them to focus on improving its small batch manufacturing process, reducing waste and scaling up the production process with the help of improved facilities and connections with organisations like Biovale and the BDC.

Helen Shiels, Business Development Manager at the Biorenewables Development Centre says: "We've been helping Clara and Kate to scale-up up their production process, by developing a new stirred pot and heated jacket process. This will vastly increase the number of soap bars they can make in a single batch, helping Cosy Cottage meet peak demand in the lead up to Christmas. What’s more, this work is funded by our ERDF programme, which is helping 120 businesses like Cosy Cottage to innovate and grow".  

Tracey Smith, CEO of York Science Park, says: “We were delighted to welcome another innovative company to the Science Park community. Cosy Cottage are working on some great products and lab processes, and it is great to see them making the most of the opportunities the Science Park and BDC can offer them.”

For more information about the range of products they produce, please see the Cosy Cottage website - www.cosycottagesoap.co.uk

The fantastic networking opportunities provided by moving to the Science Park have already had a huge impact on our business, and working with organisations like Biovale and the Biorenewables Development Centre have provided further interventions which have helped our business growth.
Clara Challoner Walker - Founder and CEO, Cosy Cottage
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