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WRAP offer new and extended business support

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has unveiled new and extended business support services, aimed at addressing the needs of the recycling sector.

Services offered through its ‘one-stop shop’ fall into one of four key headings: Expertise, Management, Innovation and Investment.

WRAP’s Expertise services are designed to help SMEs expand or develop new operations. These now include help with the provision of Marketing Strategy Development — with support up to the value of £10,000 on offer. And Technical advice and consultancy support of up to £20,000.

Within Management, a brand new Funding for Training scheme is now on offer to fund senior executive training, and encourage the development of management skills.

Its Innovation services now offer a Commercialisation Centre, for companies or individuals with early stage innovative ideas, technologies, or products related to recycling that need support getting to market.

And within the Investment sector new Capital Grant Funding is now on offer, organised as a series of competitions designed to make a real step-change in the recycling of a particular material or activity being targeted. Competitions for plastics and plasterboard will be launched in July and August.

WRAP head of business support Dr Bevis Watts said: “The new and improved services being offered by WRAP’s Business Support team are tailored to the needs of the recycling sector and designed to help companies realise their potential, so that recycling is economically, as well as environmentally, sustainable.”

The business support services are open to all recycling and reprocessing businesses involved in one of WRAP’s focus materials or activity areas.

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