YCF Limited, the acclaimed not-for-profit membership association for the process industries, launched the Cosmetics Cluster UK, a specialised group specifically for the Personal Care and Cosmetics Industry and its supply chain throughout the UK. The new cluster attracted 90 professionals, experts and speakers from within the industry to venture from their workplaces on the 8th June.
The day started with Jill Mooney, CEO of YCF introducing the Cluster and its initial aims. Followed by Dr Gill Westgate of the University of Bradford and Chair of the new cluster. Gill explained “The new cluster will encourage fellow industry networks, sponsors and beneficiaries to work together to access resources to improve innovation, job creation and competitiveness. Following the discussions from the launch, the most important aspect of membership is networking. We will bring together the people, companies and university academics to tackle industry challenges, such as formulation, skills gap and product and prototype testing, whilst encouraging collaboration and providing access to funding opportunities”. Prof. Des Tobin, Director of Center for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford added “It is very gratifying that we have now arrived at this important juncture in the development of this key sector's Cluster. Personal care of our skin is a key (and increasingly important) element in supporting our health and wellbeing. The quality of this launch event provides me with the confidence that we are now entering a maturation phase for this sector's network regionally and nationally. Success will further support the realization of Britain's potential in this sector internationally'.
Tancream Ltd, is an example of the types of organisation the cluster will support. Katy Foxcroft, Director of Tancream said, “Having attended today, as a new beauty brand, we feel much more confident about our business development and growth strategy. From being able to speak to skincare specialists, formulators and contract manufacturers to the Department of Trade and Investment, the cluster offers us a chance to share our issues and find immediate and accessible solutions”.
"Having attended today, as a new beauty brand, we feel much more confident about our business development and growth strategy. "
Katy Foxcroft, Director Tancream
A key aim of the cluster is to work with industry bodies and industry networks such as the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. Jane Evison and Dan Whitby attended the event on behalf of the network and said “From an SCS point of view it was great to see so many of our members supporting the event but also to have the opportunity to network and promote the society to other companies who impact the industry. We had interest from brands, marketing agencies, distributors and academics which supports the objectives of the cluster – to bring together the right people under one roof”.
Working with Universities is a key part of the initiative, Catherine Jandzio, Employer and Placement Services Consultant from the University of Bradford, stated “The Cosmetics Cluster was a fantastic event, very well organised and a great opportunity to bring so many people from the industry together. The networking opportunities were brilliant and I have already made plans with a few companies to discuss how the University can work with them and help them with their recruitment needs. This was a great way to meet likeminded people from the region and an excellent forum to highlight just how much is happening in our region. I’m really hoping that this is the first of many other similar events that can bring together people from the industry and the University of Bradford. I’m sure we will be collaborating with a number of organisations off the back of this event.”
YCF are very excited about the new cluster and encourages all personal care and cosmetics companies throughout the UK supply chain to join and become a part of the new Cosmetic Cluster UK. Lisa Buck, Operations Manager concluded “The reason why the launch of the cluster was such a success is due to the enthusiasm of the companies involved. These companies have united in the need for a focussed, sector specific industry group, which will provide unrivalled networking opportunities, dedicated workgroups and industry events to drive competitiveness, innovation, growth and ultimately job creation”.
The Cosmetics Cluster UK is sponsored and supported by Siemens UK. Companies interested in joining the cluster are invited to contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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