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August’s Entrepreneurial Spirit winner…Jo-Anne Chidley!

Each month we’re celebrating a member of the GBEA community who has shown incredible entrepreneurial spirit. For their efforts, they’ll be sent bottles of classic Double Cask and Victoriana single malt Scotch whiskies, courtesy of our partners, Glen Scotia Single Malt Whisky.

And we’re delighted to announce that August’s winner is Jo-Anne Chidley, founder of Beauty Kitchen.

Early in the month, the Glasgow-based business received its latest B-Corp certification, making it the highest-rated B-Corp in the UK’s beauty industry, and ‘Best for the World’.

Jo-Anne started the business with the intention of doing business in a better way, where everyone who touches the business gains something positive from it. Most notably, she was determined to build a beauty business that minimised its impact on the planet in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. 

Having secured a B-Corp certification score of 89.3 in 2017, becoming the first beauty business in the UK to achieve the coveted accreditation, Beauty Kitchen’s certification score was raised to 139.8, marking the improvements made to its overall sustainability efforts. 

A few days later, it was announced that Jo-Anne is a committee member of the newly formed Sustainable Beauty Coalition. Launched by the British Beauty Council, the Coalition will develop a clear strategy and roadmap to accelerate sustainability efforts within the industry. Jo-Anne joins entrepreneurs and leaders from the likes of LUSH, Holland & Barrett, Avon, ELEMIS, No7 Beauty Company, and Marie Claire.  

Commenting on the new certification score, Jo-Anne said: “It’s been three years of hard work and effort to pull together what we have been trying to achieve with our business, using it as a force for good – but there are always challenges, so to be recognised is amazing.”

Iain McAlister, distillery manager at Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch Whisky, said “Jo-Anne’s work in her sector is inspiring. Single-handedly, she is transforming the way the beauty industry works with a focus on a circular economy. At Glen Scotia, we recycle and repurpose our whisky-making by-products, providing draff to local farms to serve as animal feed, so a circular economy is something we can get behind.

“Jo-Anne’s hard-work and entrepreneurial mindset now see her placed next to industry giants, now her peers, through the Sustainable Beauty Coalition – which is certainly cause for celebration in our eyes.”