Growing environmental businesses in Sussex

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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.

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Tech Resort CIC – Isis gets involved in skills building

Back in 2013 a few RSA Fellows and talented local people here in Eastbourne decided that we would like to do something positive to improve and enhance the skills base in the Town.  Being our home town Mark Hadley of Isis Environmental has joined the team as a Director of ‘Tech Resort CIC’ to share some of his skills http://techresorteb.com/

TechResort is making Eastbourne a great home for creative, digital and tech folks with current projects including – fortnightly code club for students aged 8 -18, a skills survey of all Eastbourne creative, digital and technical businesses, mentoring 15 year old Theo to build an Android based ‘What’s on’ TV display system for Eastbourne and helping to prepare local teachers for the new national IT curriculum starting in September 2014.

We sources some initial regional funding from the RSA to get it started, and already have lots of interest, the code club being especially popular.  Towns like Eastbourne need to become a part of a pipeline for these skills if we are going to bring fresh, interesting and well-paid jobs to the Town and retain youngsters with these skills.  We have just launched a jobs page for the site, which will advertise vacancies in the sector to talented people http://techresorteb.com/jobs

Strategic Partnership with Kay Phillips Associates

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.

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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.

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/

Business Development – Secure Shredding Sector

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.

ISOShredded 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.

mh1We 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.

Environmental Information in the Digital Age – Royal Society of the Arts and Argyll Environmental Ltd – Brighton

This was a unique opportunity for Fellows to see at close quarters, the current developments that are taking place in the digital and creative space, which utilize cutting edge environmental data  FRSA Mark Hadley long time associate of Argyll Environmental invited Fellows to Argyll Environmentals offices in Central Brighton to see how some of the UK’s leading environmental databases had been harnessed by this innovative company to produce bespoke environmental reports for UK conveyancing professionals.

The proceedings were opened with a presentation from Chris Taylor Product Development Director for Argyll Environmental’s Parent Company Landmark Information Group who explained the vast range of data products being produced by the energetic, professional team based in Brighton. These reports cover environmental due diligence data to assist the property market and the public with key information on issues that might affect property – contaminated land, flood risks, development risks, restrictive designations, the location of pollution incidents etc.

We were then treated to a gallop through two presentations by Ben Furlong and Jez Nicholson using PechaKucha techniques to deliver their presentations on UK Flood Risk developments, and how UK Infrastructure developments such as HighSpeed2 might affect our environment.

All this was amply aided and abetted by local wine specialists Henry Butler owner of Butlers Wine Cellar, a local Brighton specialist who ensured fellows had his own unique view on how to explore the refreshment break.

The meeting followed up with a short film that looked at how the world for business and society might look in 2018,challenged by the ever growing issues surrounding climate change, resource depletion and over-population.

Time for a break, so Fellows, and local invitees including Tom Wellings of Emotive Systems, CEO Kay Phillips and Mike Hobbs of Hobbs Law turned up for a look at what was being discussed.  There were more entrepreneurs in the room than you could shake a stick at, luckily we had Chair of the Fellowship Council Irene Campbell to keep us all in check.

Our thanks to AEL and Landmark Group for making this a stimulating and thought provoking event, and for the eclectic mixture of RSA Fellows and camp followers to contributed to the success of the event.

Shredded Neat Project reaches 6 month mark

The Shredded Neat FleetIt 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.