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CIWEM retreats on consultancy

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THE CHARTERED Institution of Water & Environmental Management this week showed signs of backing down from plans to run its own consultancy business.

The move follows pressure from its members and the Association of Consulting Engineers which had threatened to report the Institute to the Office of Fair Trading and the Privy Council.

CIWEM president Geoff Manse has written to members admitting that the Institution would have to rethink the CIWEM consulting business.

'The (CIWEM) management committee decided that the arrangements (for CIWEM Consulting) must change significantly in order to reconcile the objectives of the Institution, with the business imperatives that face the consultancy practices who support the Institution,' says the letter, sent to the ACE and about 40 CIWEM members.

CIWEM had claimed the venture would pick up work arising from client enquiries to the Institute. The venture was also to earn a fee for taking on the work and then subcontracting it via consultant De Leuw Rothwell.

But it is still unclear how far CIWEM has changed tack. The letter does not rule out the possibility of charging CIWEM members to go on to the database. It also keeps the option of charging members a commission if they pick up work and fails to mention the future role of De Leuw Rothwell.

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