Case Studies

 Find out about some of the businesses Make It York has been supporting with signposting and guidance on funding support, and the impact receiving these funds will now have on their businesses.

Case Study: Starbons Ltd

City of York Council Micro Business Grants Scheme

Starbons Limited is a bioscience company based at York Science Park’s Catalyst building which transforms waste into value-adding materials via a unique, patented process. The materials produced have a diverse range of different applications on account of their ability to trap (and release) molecules – which can help in areas such as de-odourisaton (e.g. ostomy bag inserts), metal extraction and recycling, and capturing toxic substances (e.g. for Personal Protective Equipment).

A new start-up business, Starbons started trading with its first customer sales in 2018. The impact of the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in them having to temporarily pause development and manufacturing of their products and as a small company this has a significant impact on cashflow. 

The Make It York business team highlighted the Micro Business Grants scheme to Starbons which they then successfully applied for. This £1000 grant from City of York Council will enable Starbons to work on the development of their website and support patent fee payments required to protect their intellectual property rights.

“This scheme is a lifeline for businesses like ours and the City of York Council should be applauded for their work in getting the grants out so quickly and efficiently. The funding will be of great use to our business and enables us to continue with planned projects such as the development of our website which is really important for our future success. Thanks to the Make It York business team and the work of Simon Middleton, who has been hugely helpful – providing invaluable advice and connections and signposting the link to us for the application. For any businesses who haven’t yet applied and are thinking about it, I would highly recommend doing so as it such a simple process and can make such a difference.”

A new start-up business, Starbons started trading with its first customer sales in 2018. The impact of the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in them having to temporarily pause development and manufacturing of their products and as a small company this has a significant impact on cashflow.

The Make It York business team highlighted the Micro Business Grants scheme to Starbons which they then successfully applied for. This £1000 grant from City of York Council will enable Starbons to work on the development of their website and support patent fee payments required to protect their intellectual property rights.”

Susan Brench

CEO OF STARBONS LTD