Good Things – Devon Business Wins National Start-Up Contest

Good Things – Devon Business Wins National Start-Up Contest

On Tuesday Good Things competed in a start-up business contest, pitching for £2,000 and a year’s business mentoring as part of the SJL Foundation’s Business Start Up Contest. 50 start-up businesses from around the UK entered the competition and eight finalists were invited to an exclusive event hosted in the House of Commons where they pitched their business ideas to a panel including Rachel Enlaugh, a former dragon from Dragon’s Den. 

Lucy explained the concept behind Good Things, and how her first-hand experience witnessing the impact of plastic pollution on marine life led her to explore alternative uses for plastic waste. Good Things champions small suppliers making innovative and sustainable products including toys made from recycled plastic waste and recycled cards empowering orphaned young adults in Rwanda. Lucy passionately believes that the choices we make when we buy products can have a positive impact. Good Things makes it easy to find eco-friendly gifts, toys and games for children that are kind to the planet and improve lives around the world. 

The panel were very supportive of the concept, saying it tackled people’s very real concerns about plastic waste and hidden supply chains. They were also impressed with the website and brand’s design and encouraged Lucy to look into manufacturing products in the future.

“It feels incredible to win this competition. I’m so grateful to Simon Lancaster and the SJL Foundation for providing this fantastic opportunity.”

explained Lucy, founder of Good Things.

“The funding will allow me to spread the word about the ethical and eco-friendly gifts for good that I sell in my online shop. This will provide a huge leap forward in my start-up’s growth, and in turn support the work of the charities and small suppliers around the world whose products I stock. Leaving my career and launching a start-up was a big risk; coming to the House of Commons, pitching my business and then being announced a winner in this competition and knowing that the panel of experts are behind me and investing in my business is a huge boost.”

Find out more about Good Things and browse the range online: https://www.goodthingsgifts.co.uk

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