In the summer of 2006 Walsall Council secured funding form the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) Programme for a pilot project to find out what sort of support and advice businesses wanted from the Council. In November 06 the council contacted a cross section of businesses in Walsall to take part in a telephone survey. The information gathered from the survey would help define the council’s role in working with businesses.
The majority of businesses that responded to the survey asked the council to provide support and advice through the internet. There are already a huge number of agencies and organisations that are able to provide funding advice and support to businesses, however, not every one is aware of them. In view of this, the council felt that rather than ’reinvent the wheel’ businesses would be best served if the council acted as a starting point helping to sign post businesses to web sites that already exist. There is also information on the support that the council can provide directly.
The business survey identified four key themes that they would like more information about, these are;
There are many agencies and organisations that can provide general advice, several of them are listed in this section, some provide services free of charge.
Envirowise offers your business free independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact. Find out how Envirowise can help your business through their helpline on 0800 585 794, or send them an email at
For businesses who want help with resource efficiency but need to know where to go for general advice. Business Link can help you in every aspect needed to start, maintain and grow a business, from discussing your initial ideas right through to getting your first overseas clients to trading on the internet. The Regional Business Link currently has funded their own Business Resource Efficiency & Waste Programme Co-ordinator.For more information telephone 01384 360470 or look at
EETT are specialists in the field of environmental management and business improvement and work in partnership with many other organisations including Learning and Skills Councils, Chambers and Business Links, Colleges and Universities and the Voluntary Sector. Contact Claire Corbett on 01827 304740.
Groundwork West Midlands – Environmental Business Services deliver a wide range of environmental training and support to businesses across the West Midlands. Specialist areas include Environmental Management Systems to ISO4001 and BS8555, waste minimisation, IPPC, supply chain support and general environmental awareness raising.
aste and Resources Action Programme)
WRAP offers a business development service, including professional advice on recycling businesses and a 'marriage service' to match businesses to potential funders. See their website
for more information or call WRAP on 0808 100 2040.
National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)
NISP may be able to help you use your waste materials as an input material for another industry or supply you with someone else's waste to use in your manufacturing processes. For more information and case studies see their website or email any questions to
The Environment Agency
The Agency are having a 'zero tolerance' crack down to tackle illegal dumping and fly tipping, initially in three areas. They are also compiling an online database of legal waste carriers to help you make sure your waste collection suppliers are bona fide. You can contact the Environment Agency on 0870 850 6506 or by visiting their website
BREW is funding a programme to assist the sustainable management of agricultural waste, which will soon be brought within the scope of the Waste Framework Directive. Information on how BREW is helping this programme can be found at