Market Access Research & Strategy – Waterblade Limited

WaterbladeMark Hadley of Isis Environmental spent some very interesting weeks between November 2014 and March 2015 providing strategic business development advice to Nigel Bamford, the brains behind this innovative product.

Brighton-based Nigel has developed a tap-fitting water saving device, that turns an inefficient stream of water into a ‘blade’ of water, reducing water consumption substantially, there is nothing similar on market, check it out  Waterblade

With the Waterblade at full working prototype stage our involvement took the form of taking a long hard look from the outside at the potential routes to market. This included the existing market for water saving devices in the UK, EU and worldwide, market size, market growth potential, distribution channel assessment, barriers to accessing the market and competitor assessment.

It was important also to look at the main market drivers for getting ‘water saving devices’ either into newly manufactured sanitary tapware or retrofitting existing taps. We rounded this off with an additional assessment of the current and emerging policies shaping this sector, and the OEMs that operate in it, plus an assessment of the potential value of B2B and B2C markets.

All the above was channelled into an outline Business plan for future action, augmented by hopefully some sound advice on upcoming opportunities to promote this fabulous product.

This was a co-operative effort bring our skills and knowledge based on 35 years in the environmental products and services sector to support the excellent environmental support provided to Waterblade via the University of Brighton –  Green Growth Platform

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New IEMA & Argyll Environmental Ltd & Brighton University Auditing Course

October the 15th 2013,  saw Isis Environmental Ltd return to a contributory role in presenting the joint Argyll Environmental Limited and Brighton University Foundation Course on Environmental Auditing, which was delivered at Brighton University School of Environment & Technology.

It was a strange case of Deja vu with our Principal Consultant – Mark Hadley having developed the original course with Brighton UniversityAEL & IEMA Course 001 back in the 1990’s when running Environmental Auditors Limited, so it was lovely to contribute to the new course Handbook and re-work a section of the course that looked at the importance of environmental management systems, ISO 14001 and EMAS in providing structured systems to assess continual environmental assessment.

All seemed to go well with the new course students, aided and abetted by a fantastic team from Argyll Environmental Limited one of our clients and with whom we have shared many projects, and of course have worked with a number of their directors for well over 15 years.

This all ties in well with our role going back to setting up the forerunner of IEMA back in the early 1990’s, so it has been fantastic to see the culmination of these efforts delivered by one of the largest environmental professional bodies in the world, to see that Brighton University continues to hold an exemplary position in the training and development of professional environmental auditors.

It was refreshing to be asked to participate in the new course by leading environmental practitioners Argyll Environmental who are based in Brighton, but of course to have access to unsurpassed environmental databases and a full range of key staff involved in the course delivery.

Anyone interested in taking the course should send us a notification and we will pass directly to Argyll Environmental Limited prior to the further courses that are being arranged. Alternatively anyone interested can send a direct enquiry to jaime.bainbridge@argyllenviro.com or drop a line on the contact form to http://www.argyllenvironmental.co.uk/contact-us/

UK Data Losses Investigation for Shredded Neat Ltd

ImageJuly 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.ImageImage

Earthquake Asbestos Contamination Risk

On the 4th September 2010 a massive earthquake caused substantial damage throughout the city of Christchurch, New Zealand including substantial loss of life.

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The aftermath of such events can have long-standing impacts that are not immediately apparent at the time, or shortly after the event.  When the earthquake came, it demolished domestic and commercial buildings alike, many of which contained asbestos.  Asbestos has been widely used in New Zealand in many buildings and therefore it was a sure bet there was some in the 8,000,000 tonnes of building rubble which resulted from the quake.

ISIS carried out an investigation which reviewed asbestos use in NZ, then using rudimentary data that was available compared this with the typical amounts of asbestos that were released by the collapse of the World Trade Centre on 9/11/2001, which equated to approximately 400 tonnes of asbestos, in 1.5-2.0 million tonnes of building rubble.

The Christchurch wastes are in process of being systematically removed to a landfill at Bottle Lake, Christchurch for safe disposal. Our 2012 study looked at the risks from the release of airborne asbestos fibres based on comparable studies and the potential impact of this in the areas surrounding the landfill and transport routes.