Isis Environment were very pleased to be introduced to an exciting and award winning new venture called ‘Planet Feed’ assisting them between January and March 2015
As a member of the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform Green Growth Platform we worked with the founder of Planet Feed, Charlie Clarke on some aspects the business’s approach to its next stage of development.
Already piloted www.planetfeed.org takes locally sourced food waste and turns it into high quality liquid fertiliser, putting this back into the community from whence it came. We came in to take a look at the work so far, review the existing business plan and examine the business model.
In the short time available to us, we worked on a funding and sponsorship strategy, developed some targets and honed together a suitable elevator pitch for the business
Our approach is increasingly taking us into areas with social enterprises such as Planet Feed where we can add value through our contacts and knowledge across a very broad range of environmental products and services.
Isis Environmental’s ongoing work with specialised environmentally-driven secure shredding client – Shredded Neat Ltd., started up a new mission to educate the business sector about ensuring advanced data security for all physical and electronic data media whilst meeting ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ in their own operations. October 2013 represents the 1st anniversary of our involvement with Shredded Neat, a year that has substantially changed its objectives and led to sound commercial improvement.
Shredded Neat has during our first years involvement seen the successful achievement of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, branched out from pure secure paper shredding and cardboard recycling into being a more rounded recycling company and under our guidance the business now recycles all categories of WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment); batteries and fluorescent lamps and looks certain to move into additional new sectors.
We developed a number of key resources to ensure the business shows off its environmental credentials, whilst securing new market share in its geographical area. This has included a structured, bespoke telemarketing campaign, new literature, coupled with educational lectures, presentations and seminars such as the one recently undertaken at Basepoint Newhaven in Sussex, a great networking hub in the South-East http://www.basepoint.co.uk/locations/newhaven. This approach has resulted in a number of substantial new clients for the business impressed by the Company’s green credentials, high service levels and improved profile on a number of different social media platforms.
It has now been six months since Isis became properly involved with Shredded Neat Limited. Our goal to improve overall business development has taken in a number of challenges, including following through with them to the successful conclusion of their ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification; the design and launch of a tailored telemarketing campaign with local marketing specialists – Kay Phillips Associates http://www.kayphillips.co.uk/ reconstruction and recruitment of a new sales team together with a defined programme of improvement, which has included a number of substantial new clients and income for the business from several new material recycling streams.
July and August 2012 saw an in-depth research project to examine the impact of UK data losses on a range of public and private sector organisations, as well as occasionally on individuals directly. The report was produced for confidential shredding and data destruction company -Shredded Neat Limited, based just north of Brighton, United Kingdom
The study showed that the main medium for data loss over the last 20 years was document loss, followed closely by HDD loss, the circumstances leading up to the data loss were evenly spread between theft; accidental loss in transit; insecure storage and poor waste disposal practice, interestingly a significant number of loss incidents were associated with locations where alcohol was available.
In terms of our study fines occurred in 21% of the losses though a significant number of prosecutions are still pending arrival in court, which would lift the likelihood to 30%. The study underestimates the likelihood that an organisation will be fined, since the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) which was responsible for the majority of these, has only had the necessary powers to fine organisations since 2010. The average level of fine imposed by the ICO was £155,000 in a range from £60,000 – £325,000. Other regulatory bodies can impose fines, and the study found a fine of £2,300,000 imposed by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and another by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) which fined McLaren F1 Team US$100 million.
The total amount of fines levied in the UK for data breaches by the FSA since November 2010 has been seven fines, totalling £7,777,000 and a further 23 fines by the ICO, to a total value of £2,426,000
The study provided a significant support document for the company’s business development plans to demonstrate the need for certifiable, secure data destruction services in the UK.
Our lead consultant had for several years being carrying out environmental due diligence audits for the many individual motor dealerships in the UK that were holders of a Vauxhall Motors dealership franchise.
Over several years of commercial property acquisitions and disposals it was noticed that many of the environmental liabilities that were affecting property values were associated with a range of operational and historical environmental problems common to many in the dealership network.
With over 400 UK dealerships at the time, we suggested to Vauxhall Motors Limited have a detailed waste management manual prepared which would identify all the typical and non-typical environmental issues that motor dealers might encounter and provide a robust guide as to how these could be handled. This included waste oils; WEEE; spray booth wastes; metal wastes; asbestos-containing wastes and batteries etc…
The whole spectrum of waste management issues were addressed, together with a detailed listing of trusted specialised waste contractors, equipment suppliers and assessment tools. The subsequent manual was produced in 6 months after extensive research ad supplied to all Vauxhall Dealers together with a recommendation from the Company that the guidelines should be followed by their different dealers.