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RB invests in Bombay Shaving Company

Reckitt Benckiser’s (RB) venture division has led a GBP4 million funding round in India-based Bombay Shaving Company (BSC). 

With a mission to make high-quality health, hygiene and nutrition accessible to all, RB’s venture arm is partnering with early-stage start-ups who share its ‘fight for access’.

Launched in 2016, BSC has a portfolio of over 100 products across shaving, bath and body, skin, and beard care. RB’s investment will support the company’s plans to scale its operations and provide BSC with access to RB’s global scale, expertise and mentorship, helping to grow the start-up as the leaders in men’s wellness. 

Arjun Purkayastha, RB’s Senior Vice President, eCommerce, Digital and Ventures will join the BSC board.  

Commenting on the investment, Arjun Purkayastha, says: “We are thrilled to partner with team at Bombay Shaving Company. Our investment represents a commitment to bring the best of two worlds together – BSC’s expertise in digital-first brands with strong eCommerce capabilities, and RB’s expertise in branding, manufacturing and global scale. Together, this combination of complementary skills sets us up for huge success.”

“RB has an excellent record in building health and wellness brands over its 200-years heritage. Working in partnership, we are ambitious for what we can achieve to scale BSC’s operations with an omnichannel presence,” says Shantanu Deshpande, founder and CEO of Visage Lines, the owner of BSC. 

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