Female entrepreneurs leading green businesses in the UK are some of a number of female leaders receiving government backing to drive forward their innovations and business ideas, as the UK builds back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and progresses its climate change ambitions.
UK Government Science Minister Amanda Solloway announced that 40 of the country’s female innovators will be awarded a cash injection of £50,000 each, as well as bespoke mentoring, to scale up and bring to market their disruptive business ideas, many of which have been borne out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made yesterday to mark International Women’s Day.
Among the green businesses that have been awarded funding include Cecence, a company creating sustainable green interior furniture for the airline industry; Plastic@Bay, who aims to help protect the UK’s environment by developing Local Ocean Plastic Recycling Facilities (LOPRF) in coastal communities up and down the UK; and Dsposal, a clean technology company which empowers people to make better decisions with their resources and waste, to help the clean up our environment.
Other recipients include the Library of Things, the first and only household product rental kiosk operator in the world, helping people to save money and reduce waste by affordably renting over 50 quality DIY products including drills, hedge trimmers and gazebos. The business aims to unlock a new, ‘circular’ model of consumerism in cities across the UK, where borrowing is better than buying – more affordable/convenient for individuals, more rewarding for communities and kinder to the planet. They plan to have established over 100 kiosks across the UK by 2025.
Emma Shaw, co-founder of Library of Things, said: “Everyone should have access to quality products that improve their homes, lives and environment, without it costing the earth – whether it’s a drill for a DIY job, a tent for a camping adventure or tools for the garden. LoT has been overwhelmed with demand from communities across the UK wanting to bring the scheme to their neighbourhoods – and from local governments and businesses wanting to commission LoT’s service to stimulate their local circular economy.”
Elsewhere NextUp, a comedy organisation in London founded by Sarah Henley, will use the funding to champion and support live UK comedy, which like many industries, has been severely impacted by COVID-19.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, NextUp will develop an innovative streaming technology that will allow for an in-person and live-streamed ‘Hybrid Audience’ – all of whom can interact with the comic and enjoy the ‘live’ experience. Not only will this open up an additional revenue stream for venues and performers, but it will also make live music more accessible for those unable to make the performance in person – for example due to health conditions, or COVID restrictions.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living.