Fiscal measures for SMEs in Autumn Statement; Eurometaux calls for EU action on non-ferrous trade; William Tracey add reconditioned vehicles to fleet; Inverclyde launches glass recycling
Fiscal measures for SMEs in Autumn Statement
A series of measures aimed to increase Government support for SMEs have been announced as part of the Autumn Statement. They include:
- A review of business rates
- An increase in research and development tax credit
- Support extended with £500m of bank lending plus £400m government-backed venture capital funds which invest in SMEs
- A £45m package of support for exporters
- The abolition of national Insurance on young apprentices
Metals group calls for EU action to boost non-ferrous trade
The European non-ferrous metals association Eurometaux has recommended four areas where European Union policy makers can take action to strengthen the recovery of the continent’s non-ferrous metals industry.
Its ‘Call for Action’ suggests policy makers should ensure affordable energy without excessive regulatory costs, continue to seek free and fair international trade, pursue smart and coherent environmental regulation, and incentivise sustainable resource management and innovation.
The association notes that while demand for metals continues to grow worldwide, the European industry’s competitiveness has been weakened by high EU regulatory and energy costs, a lack of long-term predictability in EU climate policies, and the absence of a global playing-field in areas including environmental protection and trade.
Waste group reinforces fleet with reused vehicles
The William Tracey Group has added two fully reconditioned refuse collection vehicles to its fleet.
The Mercedes Econics, photo above, are fitted with Heil compaction bodies and new Zoeller trade lifts. They also have the latest AMCS computer technology which enables real-time online communication between the vehicle and the company’s IT system.
Robin Stevenson, managing director of the group’s non hazardous waste division, said: “Reusing vehicles enables us to implement the waste hierarchy in to our own business and to genuinely practice what we preach. The reconditioning and original build quality means that they present a practical, sustainable and cost-effective alternative with all the technological capability of a new vehicle.”
The group has 10 sites across Scotland and the North of England.
Inverclyde introduces kerbside glass recycling
Inverclyde Council is launching its new kerbside glass recycling service this month. The first uplifts are due on black bin collection days during the weeks beginning 8 and 15 December.
The local authority has provided nearly 28,000 households with a 40-litre black box for storage and recycling of glass. The new fortnightly collection will complement existing kerbside collection services and allow householders to recycle clear and coloured glass bottles and jars.
Cllr Michael McCormick, environment and regeneration convener, said the council introduced a food waste service in 2012 and residents had been very enthusiastic about recycling more of their household waste.