Lloyd Atkin is Managing Director of Bio-D, a manufacturer of ethically and environmentally responsible cleaning products. After 12 years with the business, helping grow it from a two man sales office into a full blown manufacturer Lloyd went through the Management buyout in 2010, putting together a solid business plan and raising capital for the buyout in the heart of the recession. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength and has doubled turnover while maintaining profit margins and employs 16 full time staff manufacturing products from washing up liquid to hair care products.
The Company has won several awards including a Green Apple Award for sustainable development, the Brid and Wolds Chamber award for Green Business of the year and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering award for sustainable manufacturing. In 2016 Bio-D won the Siemens award for sustainable innovation and Business Desk’s Business Masters award for Yorkshire small business of the year.
The Company operates in independent retail predominantly and now exports its products to 20 countries around the world including China and Taiwan. Lloyd has experience in process and product development, legislation relating to chemical products and labelling such as REACH and CLP. He has experience of achieving accreditations such as ISO and CFI and protection of intellectual property rights. Coupling these learned skills with a sound knowledge of business finance to secure a model of sustainable growth for the business.
Lloyd’s key areas of expertise are in strategic planning and implementation with a focus on people, he also has good practical experience in raising capital to fund business growth. He is also one of the team of FEO members who designed and now delivers the FEO 360 programme.
‘FEO appealed to me as a forum for personal development through peer learning and gives me the opportunity to try and help others avoid the mistakes I have made in my career. I only wish I had found it earlier in my own development.’
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