Star Colour Laboratories: An English SME that wants to carve a place for itself!

A determined woman and full of energy, Kirsty Simmons, Senior Company Manager and Head of the development laboratory of Star Colour Laboratories. At the ripe age of 34 years, she has been managing Star Colour Laboratories for the past two years this young British SME of 22 people near Cambridge, specialized in the development, manufacturing and filling of cosmetic and skin-care products. And business is booming! Small in size and versatile, the factory will be doubling its surface area this year.Starting point for the Star Colour Laboratories: six employees including Kirsty Simmons, who were made redundant during 2010 when the company they worked at, was taken over by its main competitor. A bleak outlook at the time for this small group of colleagues. The only solution being to start their own business with the help of an investor. On October 2010, the project is underway: Located in a building of 500 sqm Star Colour Laboratories sees the light and releases its first productions. 2 ½ years later, the situation of the company is more than promising. The company produces 80% of make-up products (powders, mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, foundations, etc.) and 20% of skin-care products (BB creams, CC creams, etc.).

“Our passion, explains Simmons, is to create products which perform outstandingly and are a pleasure to use. We pride ourselves on being innovative and versatile in the development and production of a wide range of products – traditional, natural, paraben-free, synthetic-free.”

The company’s current portfolio of clients includes established colour cosmetic, household brand names and small independent businesses alike. “With many combined years of experience in the industry, we have acquired expertise in new product formulation for an extensive range of categories, and in particular exceptional knowledge of colour matching. We aim to work to understand particular requirements and specifications to ensure that formulations are innovative and effective, creating cutting edge formulations even to the most demanding of specifications.”

Star Colour Laboratories has the expertise to develop formulations or product lines specific to the requirement. “Skincare, toiletries and the colour cosmetic market is constantly evolving. We ensure we keep abreast of the latest developments and are proactive in researching new raw materials. All our raw materials are sourced with great care to ensure that the products we manufacture are of a consistently high standard. Microbiological testing is conducted by external accredited testing facility to ensure independent certification of the final product. Stability and compatibility trials are conducted in house over a twelve week period. We ensure compliance with all the relevant regulatory requirements such as the European Directive and REACH. Our services include advice on labelling/packaging requirements (e.g.: INCI, PAO), the compilation of a Product Information File and coordination of all microbiological testing and challenge testing. We offer filling, capping, labelling and batch coding. Our skilled work force has experience in filling, assembly, pack-off and labelling of a variety of componentry, giving total quality and flexibility in both long and short runs,” adds Kirsty Simmons.

Future investments planned for this year: a new tube filling line and a new mascara line.