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.
We are pleased to have been associated with this organisation from the very outset, with one of our Director’s Mark Hadley taking an active role in the formation of the Community Interest Company, and one of a small number of Directors who have supported Tech Resort CIC since inception.
Mark provided some very early seed funding for what was a project at that stage from the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) Regional Fund to get the ball rolling.
Tech Resort has in its first year been run on a shoestring, but managed some great achievements in the local community.
Now it has been successful in the award of a grant from the Coastal Communities Fund which was awarded on the 25th January. The grant is the result of six months’ careful planning by Tech Resort with partners – Driving Devonshire Forward, Eastbourne Homes, Eastbourne Borough Council and the Towner Gallery. The bid team as a whole has won £1.84m which will make a massive difference to Eastbourne and put Tech Resort CIC on the map.
Tech Resort CIC will be expanding its code clubs and widening its appeal to include new disciplines such as making and electronics. It aims to start digital literacy sessions for people who’re unable to use computers and get online as well as launching a matching service for talented creative, digital and tech students and local businesses.