Consulting and business services group Mouchel has been awarded a business support services contract by the London Waste and Recycling Board.
Under the contract Mouchel will provide business support to applicants seeking funding from the LWaRB for innovative waste and resource efficiency projects in the capital.
Mouchel will support the Board, chaired by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, to deliver value for money. As part of its programme, Mouchel will ensure that all projects put forward for funding have sound business plans.
To date, the LWaRB has received 170 proposals in its first round of funding requests following its call earlier this year for interested parties to bid for money from its £84 million funding pot to help the capital manage its waste. The LWaRB is inviting expressions of interest throughout the year with an emphasis on a wide range of technologies and eco-friendly waste solutions.
At a LWaRB meeting (29 September) on funding bids, LWaRB chief operating officer Andy Holdcroft said most of the bidders asking for funding had asked for support with anaerobic digestion technology(see MRW story).
Mouchel principal consultant David Goatman said: The Mayor of London and the capitals borough councils are taking an innovative approach to funding waste and resource efficiency programmes in London with the aim of reducing waste to landfill and associated carbon emissions.
We will employ our knowledge of the commercial and technical drivers for waste projects to ensure that applicants present the strongest possible business cases for funding.
Holdcroft added that the LWaRB welcomed appointing Mouchel to this role. He said: They have demonstrated the necessary expertise in project support and in-depth knowledge of waste management infrastructure. This will enable our small team of officers to be supported in taking forward the wide range of projects that seek the Boards help. We want project proposals to be supported in a consistent, efficient and streamlined manner to ensure only sound business cases are put forward for evaluation and hopefully receive approval for funding.