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Lancashire skincare brand Albus & Flora set to flourish following Rosebud investment

Pendle-based cosmeceutical skincare brand Albus & Flora is set for further growth after securing a £30,000 investment from Lancashire business loans provider, Rosebud Finance.

Based out of Northlight Estate, Pendle, the beauty brand was founded in 2016 by physiologist, turned beauty entrepreneur Rachel Williams and is dedicated to providing clinically effective and pro-ageing products for the lips & peri-oral skin.

The Pendle company has since launched a range of multi-award-winning SPF30 lip balms that blend pure botanicals with modern UVA & UVB filters, to hydrate and protect against sun damage, fine lines and loss of lip fullness.

Albus & Flora’s cruelty free products are now stocked by a selected global network of almost 300 professional aesthetic practitioners, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, doctors, dentists & medical spas spanning the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, Sweden and Australia.

Investment from Rosebud is set to facilitate stock purchases, product development and help the business fulfil its five-year growth ambitions to grow its product lines, team and revenues.

Rosebud is owned by Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lancashire County Council. It aims to support the growth of Lancashire businesses and the local economy, offering loans between £10,000 and £300,000 as well as high-quality business support.

Rachel was introduced to Rosebud Finance by Cassim Patel, a specialist within the Lancashire County Council-funded Access to Finance (A2F) service. Cassim worked with the business to help develop the funding model, and preparing the information required for the subsequent investment.

Rachel Williams, founding director at Albus & Flora, said: “It’s incredible to think just how far Albus & Flora has come in recent years; from a moment of inspiration in the French Alps, to an international skincare brand based right here in Pendle. Thanks go to the Rosebud team for their support & guidance, as we look to provide clinically effective & sustainable cosmeceutical skincare to the global market.

Jonathan Nelson, fund manager at Rosebud Finance, said: “Rachel is a remarkable entrepreneur with a clear vision for Albus & Flora's future in the skincare industry. Her dedication to sustainable and ethical practices, combined with her expertise in developing clinically effective products, is what truly sets her apart. At Rosebud, we are immensely proud to be supporting her business ambitions and are excited to see the continued growth and success of Albus & Flora from its base, here in Lancashire."

Councillor Aidy Riggott, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Growth at Lancashire County Council, said: “Clinically effective and sustainable, Albus & Flora's rise in the skincare industry is a testament Rachel’s passion. With the support from Rosebud Finance, we are thrilled to play a role in the continued growth and success of this Pendle-based beauty brand.”

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