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30 January 2014

New Merseyside initiative supports growth and innovation in environmental technology sector

Sheffield, UK: Environmental consultancy business, Allan Environmental – part of the global sustainability group, Benchmark Holdings plc – has been awarded £100,000 of grant funding to develop and deliver a one-year mentoring programme…

Sheffield, UK: Environmental consultancy business, Allan Environmental – part of the global sustainability group, Benchmark Holdings plc – has been awarded £100,000 of grant funding to develop and deliver a one-year mentoring programme for environmental technology companies in the Halton area of Merseyside. The grant, which was provided from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill’s Mentor Challenge Fund, will establish a programme to support companies in the low carbon field to grow their businesses, facilitate innovation in the sector, and help bring new products and solutions to the market.

The programme will establish and deliver business-to-business mentoring for participating companies in and around Halton, including the Heath Business and Technical Park, and the Daresbury Science Park. Companies will be matched with mentors working in the low carbon sector in the North West to support them in both organisational and product development.

Allan Environmental Director, Miranda Barker commented: ‘Both 1-to-1 mentoring and group sessions will be used to identify and implement new sales strategies, product range expansion and business growth opportunities, as well as driving forward new product design, production and investment. Mentors are carefully selected to be more than just advisers but also a potential customer, supplier or commercial development partner.

“”We are delighted to have been awarded this grant. This funding will enable us to focus a program around two centres of scientific excellence in the North West, carrying on our work supporting sustainable product design and promotion, fostering innovation and creating profitability improvements within the environmental technologies sector.””
MIRANDA BARKER, ALLAN ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTOR
Allan Environmental is a technical and strategic environmental consultancy providing expertise in environmental, waste and resource auditing, ISO standards, Environmental Impact Assessments and water chemistry, serving a broad spectrum of clients including those working in the food supply chain, animal health, chemical, and waste sectors.