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BREW Centre and NISP merge for strength

Two Government funded networks have joined together to secure more funding for projects to help businesses and the public sector improve their waste performance.

The merger between the Business Resource Efficiency & Waste (BREW) Centre for Local Authorities and the parent company of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) has been agreed by the Government.

BREW Centre spokeswoman Sue Kent said: A lot of the detail has not been decided yet. But the BREW Centre governance structure will stay the same. Its made up of a consortium of the Local Government Association, Oxfordshire County Council, NISP and the West Midlands Regional Assembly. We will also keep the same steering group which consists of Valpak, Envirowise, the Carbon Trust and the Waste & Resources Action Programme.

NISPs parent company International Synergies (ISL) will take the lead role in the consortium.
Both networks will continue to be funded from a Government pot of cash set up to support business resource efficiency and carbon reduction activities. However, the Government is conducting a review of this funding resource with the findings due to be published in October or November this year.

Focussing on the benefits ISL chief executive Peter Laybourn commented: Through NISP, ISL has a great understanding of the issues that companies face in their respective industries to improve sustainability and performance. The Centre will benefit from the knowledge and expertise gained through NISP, while bringing the business sector and the public sector closer together by improving awareness about business support services available to help them improve their green credentials and bottom line, of which NISP is just one.

Kent said: All our [BREW Centres] services for local authority customers remain the same; nothing will change. This move is purely to ensure a bit more certainty in our future. We might even be able to improve services.

Image: A sign at the Redbridge Trade Waste Recycling Centre which the BREW Centre supported

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