Re-launch for UK cosmetics association

Cosmetics Cluster UK has announced that it is now an independent registered charitable company - Cosmetics Cluster UK Ltd (CCUK), beginning a new phase in the evolution of the Cluster in its aim to be a ‘network of networks’.

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the official launch, but the new board of Dr Gill Westgate, Jane Evison, Alastair Gardner and Lisa Buck has been working to develop a plan to meet the needs of the industry, focusing on four pillars of activity:

• Networking & international clusters
• Education & workforce skills
• Sustainability
• Research & innovation

While in-person events remain suspended due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 situation, work is nevertheless ongoing with several projects, including the Education and Skills White Paper in collaboration with a number of industry associations; participation in a series of webinars mapping the beauty industry situation in the world, which is co-ordinated by the Global Cosmetic Clusters group of which we are a member; and a new collaboration with National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) to attract companies to work with them in the area of oral health, further details of which will be announced soon.

CCUK was the first official cosmetics cluster in the UK, created in 2015. Its four new directors, Lisa, Alastair, Gill and Jane ( all benefit from a long involvement with the evolution of the Cluster since its earliest days and bring with them a wealth of experience, passion for networking and the connections to drive its mission to connect companies in the cosmetics industry to support best practice, collaborations and solve challenges together.

Board member Dr Gill Westgate commented: “The cosmetics and beauty sector is hugely important to the UK economy and I am delighted that CCUK Ltd will continue to represent and serve its members, by connecting with the wider sector as the UK's first and only Cosmetics Cluster and in partnership with other networking organisations”.

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