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Royal recognition for Student Entrepreneurs

(23 July 2019)

Students Natasha Boulding, Phil Buckley and Scott Bush are the brains behind Plastech Innovation, a start-up business which is now gaining royal favour.

The team were awarded a Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award 2019, at a presentation at the University of Huddersfield, after being nominated for the award by the Careers and Enterprise Centre here at Durham.

Natasha, Phil and Scott have used their skills as chemists to come up with an idea which could make a real difference to reducing plastic waste, and help save the planet.

They have developed an innovative way to turn waste plastic, which would otherwise go to landfill or incineration, into an eco-friendly aggregate which can be used in concrete.

The team, who have been building their business whilst completing PhD’s in Chemistry, will complete their studies this summer. They then hope to devote all their time to their fledgling business which will spin out from the University later this year.

The Royal award follows an incredibly successful year for Plastech, indicating a very bright future ahead. With the help of business and enterprise support from within the University and the wider region, Scott, Natasha and Phil have already managed to secure funding and have won a number of awards for their business.

Exciting times lie ahead for this talented trio, we can’t wait to see what’s next!

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