We have been helping Waterblade Limited develop some aspects of its highly innovative water-saving device since November 2014. As part of the ongoing assistance we have provided through the Green Growth Platform we were asked to assist with the preparation of the Waterblade application for the Gogarburn Challenge
Gogarburn is the HQ of RBS group in Edinburgh, the competition was run earlier this year with the objective to find innovative products and solutions for the RBS Group which include reducing energy and water use, waste creation or even enhancing biodiversity on their site. Gogarburn is due for a major regeneration which will increase staff numbers on site from 3,500 at present to 6,000 members in the future.
Waterblade was selected together with 7 other winners from a field of 107 entrants and will now have the potential to demonstrate its product on this massive site. We are hugely proud to be associated with this great environmental product.
We have known our latest recruit – Nadine Weaver since 2002 when she first came to work
in one of our other business enterprises in Brighton. Nadine is from Swansea in South Wales and had already been working for some time in the St. James Veterinary Group in Wales with a BTEC National Diploma as a Veterinary Nurse.
She has since greatly extended her reach, become qualified in teaching both in the UK and overseas, with some considerable time spent working in Brazil, where we share many links in common.
We are very pleased to report that Nadine has successful qualified from Swansea University with a degree in Environmental Conservation.
Nadine has joined the team here at Isis Environmental in June 2015 and will be working on a number of projects, where we need additional research capability for new environmental business start-ups and as advisers in growth acceleration for SME’s with an environmental product or service.
Handily, Nadine can bring to the table considerable experience in Marine Biology in which Swansea excels, plus a good set of core skills, including speaking fluent Portuguese and teaching/training experience
Well last week saw the Ecotechnology Show move to the home of Brighton & Hove Albion the in the fabulous new AMEX Stadium at Falmer, a good move from its previous site in central Brighton.
We were really pleased to be there on the first day, the 11th June to see two of our clients exhibiting at this prestigious event, both Planet Feed who turn food waste into liquid fertilisers were exhibiting as were Waterblade Limited who have developed a revolutionary new water saving device that converts the flow from a normal water tap to a ‘blade’ of water, which whilst still providing the same amount of ‘washing action’ uses just 25% of what a normal tap would.
We have recently been working with Waterblade Limited to hopefully develop their product by getting access to a major UK business where the technology could be trialed. This product is going to be a major contribution in terms of the Low Carbon Economy, saving as it does substantial amounts of energy during the whole life cycle of potable water (from abstraction, treatment, storage, delivery and infrastructure maintenance requirements) production as well as reducing direct energy inputs needed to create hot water for washing at source.
There were some other interesting exhibitors including the fascinating and highly original Chimella which provides what can only be described as a chimney umbrella, which can be inserted into a chimney flue, opened from below and reduced both heat loss as well as ensuring debris and birds cannot enter during the summer months when fires are not being used.
All in all some great concepts and more than go to provide that we here in the South-East are providing unique, cutting edge solutions to some of society’s problems. We here at Isis Environmental are very fortunate to be part of a major programme being rolled out by the Green Growth Platform as part of Brighton University’s major new initiative.
It is always worthwhile taking the time to participate in events which are taking place in your area, and it was with this in mind that we attended the inaugural launch of the Green Growth Platform in May this year.
The Green Growth Platform will act as a catalyst for growth and innovation, and will provide a range of services to small and medium-sized enterprises and is a five year programme with £3 million of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council.
The University of Brighton has for many years worked in partnership with businesses to combine academic expertise and research with business applications and we have had continued links with the University over many years, originally working to supply an environmental auditing course back in the 1990’s and providing an external examiner for the MSc in environmental science, to more recent training work.
We very much support the work being done by Green Growth Platform being both members as well as advisers to this innovative initiative.
The end of 2013 saw Isis Environment forge new and better ties with KPA a Sussex-based company that we have worked with previously, and are specialised in bespoke multi-channel business development. This sits comfortably alongside the business development work we have been engaged in for years, but exclusively in the environmental sector. Working with KPA has brought in their formidable additional experience and skills in telemarketing, lead generation and training for Client brand building.
We undertook our first successful assignment together between November 13 – February 14 for clients which nicely dovetailed the joint competences and allowed us to use our data handing skills to good advantage. We will be looking closely at the results of the bespoke campaign created to see what further value can be created for our customers over the following months.
KPA provide simple but effective marketing collateral which can be produced quickly or adapted as client needs change, further details of their capabilities can be found at http://www.kayphillips.co.uk
Several new projects are under discussion in a number of environmental industries and we believe that there is a definitely a niche for this type of pragmatic, cost-effective marketing for environmental products and services.
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 principal was recently engaged on an interesting business development opportunity in Libya during this time, spending an initial visit in conjunction with the Middle East Association in Tripoli, but quickly augmenting this with local visits to known Libyan business contacts in country.
At this time, Colonel Gaddafi was still in power, and it was clear there was a vast appetite in Libya for knowledge transfer, reliable and experienced training and specific skills in risk assessment, land contamination and waste management. Visits followed with senior commercial parties and we were on the brink of landing a major opportunity for a series of prestigious presentations to the Oil & Gas Industry. We also established some interesting commercial linkages, which were cemented at one of our meetings in the stunning Roman city of Sabrata, to which we were given sole access for a personal visit one day.
Then the revolution came, and quite rightly all these plans were put on temporary hold whilst we prayed our Libyan friends would be safe. They were, so whilst the new Libya rebuilds itself and its civic institutions we decided to get together with two other companies, Common Resource Ltd and Scientists International Ltd to develop a new platform for Anglo-Libyan co-operation.
The emphasis is on capacity building, bringing together our in-depth knowledge of social and environmental systems to assist in the redevelopment of civic society in Libya.
We have already attracted the interest of a significant number of skilled and experienced environmental and socio-economic scientists, engineers and energy specialists. We are in the process of developing a structure that will allow full participation and involvement in the project. This will be augmented by an ARABIC translation service will facilitate participation by a wide variety of UK and Libyan Businesses, and provide a focus for pre-existing contacts in Libya who already support our project.
We are awaiting the outcome of the July 2012 elections in Libya, as is everyone, and hope that our efforts and energy and the opportunity to develop commercial, social and intellectual links with our friends in Libya will be hugely successful.
In 2008/9 the company’s lead consultant carried out an initial assessment of a new Cleantec pyrolytic waste process. The project promoters had entered into early licensing negotiations for commercialisation rights for the innovative technology, which had been developed in South Korea.
The purpose of the review was to assess in broad terms whether the per tonne municipal waste treatment costs would make the technology attractive in the developing UK WtE sector. Using only publicly available sources of information, an initial market feasiblity study was carried out and comparisons made with a number of competitive WtE plants that were currently being planned or constructed in the UK, an initial marketing plan was provided to the project promoter. Additionally, commercial discussions were held with parties that had suitable sites and long term waste contracts that could provide the supply contracts for a new market entrant.
In 2005, we acted as advisers to Reco-Vie Limited during the launch of their new Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling company , by participating in the sponsorship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) WEEE Man project. We sourced the materials for this stunning sculpture which represents the 3.5 tonnes of WEEE the average EU citizen produces in a lifetime.
The WEEE Man was launched in 2005 outside County Hall, London, then was moved to Bristol Docks for a further viewing and associated training programme and finally taken to Tim Smit’ Eden Project where it currently resides.
Linking the launch to Reco-Vie’s own corporate launch gave unparalleled publicity, with news of the event syndicated to over 400 television stations worldwide, whilst the move to the Eden Project in Cornwall has ensured that millions of people have seen the sculpture and the associated advertising panels.
The striking images were used to brand the company, were used on collection vehicle livery and gave presence and form to numerous exhibitions and conferences that were subsequently undertaken. We continue to have close links with the RSA, and our Co-sponsors, Canon (Europe) Limited.