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Sustainable manufacturer relocates to new Skipton facility

Posted on 25 Feb 2022 and read 819 times
Sustainable manufacturer relocates to new Skipton facilityScott Rudd and Emma Tapper, co-founders of FCC. Photo: Jenna Meeking Photography

North Yorkshire-based The Friendly Chemical Co (FCC), a fast-growing sustainable manufacturer, founded in Keighley, is relocating to a new 10,000ft2 production facility in nearby Skipton, due to rising demand for its eco-friendly cleaning products.

The new facility provides the company with an opportunity for further expansion as demand for FCC products continues to grow and counts major retailers such as Booths, Holland & Barratt and The Vegan Kind among its customer base.

FCC is a specialist producer of eco-friendly cleaning and personal care products. It is one of the only manufacturers in the UK to operate on a closed loop system, in which they collect empty packaging from customers, clean, and refill on the production line. Customers can also access refill stations up and down the country to top up their Miniml products, with FCC now supplying 2,000 zero-waste and farm stores around the UK.

In addition, the new facility is fitted with solar panels which boosts FCC’s sustainability credentials even further.

The company, which was established by Emma Tapper and Scott Rudd from their garage in 2017, has experienced rapid growth ever since and is on track for revenues of £3 million this year.

Ms Tapper said: “The response to FCC has been incredible. It is hard to believe that what started in our garage now required a complex production line in a 10,000ft2 factory. Consumers are very aware of the impact that their choices are having on the environment and are looking for ways to reduce this. At FCC, we provide a solution, with an ethos to leave the planet without a trace that we were ever here at all.

“To see major retailers, such as Booths, choose us to launch their first-ever closed loop system is really encouraging. We need the big brands to get on board and facilitate widespread change. This move will enable us to continue fulfilling these large contracts and continue to disrupt this industry.”