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.
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.
Mark 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
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.
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.