A duo whose tanning cream enterprise gained backing on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den has signed as much as open a web site in Newcastle.
Gillian Robson and Katy Foxcroft have developed Tancream, a solar safety cream mixed with a self-tan components, to maintain individuals secure whereas they develop a tan.
The North Yorkshire duo was impressed to kind the enterprise after Gillian found she had pores and skin most cancers and wished to assist others keep away from creating the illness.
The product combines SPF50 and Extremely 5 Star excessive Solar Safety with a gradual creating tan. It additionally incorporates a color right to even out pores and skin tone, whereas additionally being non-streaking and perfume and paraben-free.
Commenting on the choice to kind the enterprise, Gillian mentioned: “I beloved the solar after I was youthful, however there simply wasn’t the attention that there’s now in regards to the harm it does – from the chance of most cancers to the ageing results it has on our pores and skin.
“There’s nothing else like Tancream in the marketplace, and I’m decided that we use our concentrate on safety to teach individuals in regards to the threat of solar publicity. The extra individuals who perceive this, the extra individuals we forestall from needlessly damaging and ageing their pores and skin after they can use tan from a bottle to attain the identical look.”
The corporate appeared on Dragons’ Den in 2019 the place they wowed the traders and secured £75,000 of funding from Sara Davies and Touker Suleyman.
Now the corporate is trying to proceed its progress by tapping into the increasing community of experience at The Catalyst, at Newcastle Helix. The £50m enterprise centre is dwelling to the North East Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and the North East Innovation Centre for Knowledge (NICD).
As a digital tenant, Tancream could have a base at The Catalyst which permits them to make use of communal amenities within the centre and faucet into the assist of the NICD and NICA.
The corporate may even be part of a rising cluster of companies which might be centered on innovation round skincare and anti-ageing, gaining the assist of Newcastle College as they go for progress. It is going to be in a position to make use of the centre’s world-class amenities and faucet into its shut ties with Newcastle College.
Tancream has additionally secured the assist of PhD pupil Jess Moor, who will work on a analysis mission for the corporate over the subsequent 12 months and assist construct proof of the product’s skin-enhancing properties.
Ryan Blake, assistant centre supervisor at The Catalyst, mentioned: “We’re delighted to have Tancream be part of our rising group of thrilling companies at The Catalyst.
“Gillian and Katy have an unimaginable story. It’s a enterprise borne out of adversity, however one which they’re decided to see succeed, and I’ve little doubt that – with the added connections they are going to achieve by way of our collaborative group, they are going to proceed to go from power to power.”