Discovery Park to be manufacturing base for FluteOffice
Posted on 11.03.2016
Discovery Park is to be the manufacturing hub for Surrey based waste upcycling pioneer FluteOffice.
Flute Office works with major corporates and public sector organisations to upcycle waste fibre into high quality items of furniture and interior fittings for re-supply to the customer.
Founded by Rod Fountain and Mary Doddington Ward from a serviced office in Dorking in 2009, the company now counts M&S, the NHS and Imperial College, London amongst its blue chip client list.
Flute will move from its current base on an eco-farm in Surrey to a new centre of excellence in West Sussex and a manufacturing plant at Discovery Park,Sandwich, Kent.
The expansion follows a successful £1.1m funding round by NCL Innovation, the UK’s leading early stage technology investor aimed at supporting the company in scaling up its UK manufacturing operation.
The latest funding round was led by NCL Innovation via their Discovery Park Technology Investment Fund, in partnership with private capital group 24Haymarket.
NCL Innovation director Martin Thorp, said:
“Flute has applied a unique combination of design, engineering and manufacturing skills to waste fibre that has won it awards and glowing testimonials from major customers. It is setting the benchmark for a new business sector.” The latest waste fibre technology and green chemistry is used to produce a wide range of products that are supplied to customers on a lifecycle subscription. This enables Flute to take back all its products at the end of use and re-use all the raw products to make new products for resupply to the customer.
“We are joining the dots between what customers throw away and what they purchase, said Rod Fountain. “It makes sense to work out what you can make from your waste that you would otherwise buy new. It saves money, carbon and natural resources – and it provides almost infinite flexibility at no risk.”