January 21st, 2013
Since I “retired” from Biffa over 4 years ago, I haven’t been short of things to do. One of my jobs has been as chairman of the Warrington-based not for profit organisation Envirolink Northwest, providing business support to the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector. As a group, the non-executive directors and I gave hundreds of hours of pro bono time to support the work of a dedicated team of staff. But in December we had to take the hard decision to liquidate the company. In a personal capacity, I’d like to explain why I feel that, despite the impact of projects ending, funding being withdrawn and the difficulty of winning new work in a difficult economy, the key problem was the hurdles that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) put in the way of Envirolink receiving funding it was due – with repercussions across green industry in the North West.