Atkins has been appointed by the London Development Agency (LDA) to develop a new green business support service which will help London-based companies to improve their environmental performance, save money and become more competitive.
Funded by the LDA, with additional support from the government's Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) Programme, it will bring together environmental business support providers from across the capital under a single umbrella network. The new service, due to be launched later this year, will be available through a portal on the Business Link for London website - an LDA funded service that provides support to start up businesses and small and medium sized enterprises. The portal will offer businesses a range of ways to reduce costs, including energy and water efficiency, waste/resource management support, and 'business matching', where waste products from one company can be used as raw materials by another.Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke said: 'Environmental responsibility is fast becoming a business imperative. Atkins is a leader in this field and we are delighted to able to help businesses across London to realise the benefits of resource efficiency.'Atkins' contract is worth an initial £429,000. The first stage in developing the new network will be to carry out a comprehensive research and intelligence gathering exercise, which will include consultation with business, environmental leaders and experts, and business support organisations.A main objective for the project will be to ensure that the new service is as appealing and user-friendly as possible, encouraging businesses to use it and to realise the benefits that it has to offer.