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CIWEM drops consultancy plans

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THE CHARTERED Institution of Water & Environment Management has abandoned plans to set up its own consultancy.

The CIWEM Council took the decision to drop plans to set up CIWEM Consulting following fierce opposition from its own members and other organisations like the Association of Consulting Engineers (NCE 3 February). CIWEM set up CIWEM Consulting last November to earn revenue from the large number of enquiries Institution members receive. But opponents were concerned the Institution would compete with its own members.

The Institution has set up a working party led by Council member Alan Bruce to review alternative schemes. CIWEM chief executive Nick Reeves said the three-strong group would consider a 'referral based scheme rather than one based on project management'.

The group will meet in May to assess options but their remit has no timetable and it could be some time before a new scheme emerges. The CIWEM scheme had already taken on a number of relatively small jobs. It was also running an internet website for enquiries, which had been shut down this week.

CIWEM has also ended its contract with consultant De Leuw Rothwell which was employed by CIWEM to operate the scheme. Managing director Peter Treadgold told NCE: 'As with any anyone providing a service, if the client reviews that it is disappointing.'

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