Finance

Recovering your losses when advice turns bad

When you act on advice from a professional and things go wrong, you can seek redress, but time is against you. Sarah Perry explains how to recover your losses when you pay someone for investment advice that is poor or fraudulent


What you need to know about business rates

In what has been billed as the biggest change in a generation, the process of the 2017 business rates revaluation is well under way. Richard Farr, partner at national property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, explains how the waste and recycling sector is likely to be impacted by the upcoming reforms.


Tax and the funding of WasteCos: Key points to consider

A WasteCo could be a positive solution for waste management organisations, but there are several matters to consider. Nigel Popplewell and Sam Sandilands from Burges Salmon look at tax issues surrounding the financing of insourcing, including rules regarding anti-avoidance


Why asset finance could be right for you

The benefits of asset finance, including tax breaks and flexible payment terms, are myriad. Andy Sagar, the managing director of the construction and recycling division at Close Brothers Asset Finance, explains its potential for the waste management and recycling industry


Renegotiating and varying local authority contracts

Councils must tread very carefully when changing the terms of waste management contracts in order to avoid upset, or worse. John Houlden, partner at Burges Salmon, and Joe Papineschi, director at Eunomia Research & Consulting, explain the technical and legal issues.


Subsidies: all you need to know

It’s all change in the world of subsidies. Nick Churchward and Dan Ballard of law firm Burges Salmon’s energy team provide a recap of the UK’s renewable energy subsidy regimes and summarise how the recent changes will impact various technologies


Overcoming cash flow issues

For waste and recycling businesses looking to gain the necessary finance to fuel expansion or invest in the latest equipment, funding from more traditional routes has been scant in recent years. Mike Nolan, MD at asset finance specialist Academy Leasing, outlines four alternative avenues to the banks.



Taking a leap of faith into a cleaner future

A great deal has been said and written about the circular economy with all its anticipated benefits. With waste management companies changing their focus from resource operators to manufacturing companies, the emphasis is now on clear policy to ensure its delivery. Freelance writer David Burrows reports.


Driving the UK market for recycled plastics

In August, the British Plastic Federation Recycling Group launched a manifesto setting out proposals to reform the PRN/PERN system for plastics, increase the use of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing and encourage investment in recycling infrastructure. Three industry experts share their views on the manifesto.


Collecting underground waste in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and home to a population of 250,000 residents swelled by cosmopolitan business visitors as well as holidaymakers during the tourist season. The latter tend to stay in the beach resorts but visit Nicosia to see the ancient parts of the city. Waste collection is, therefore, a very important task to maintain the city's cleanliness for citizens, business people and tourists. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne reports on an underground waste container system that helps reduce odours and increases efficiency.


Scotland: Standing on the cusp of change

There was an energised feel in the air at Glasgow last month, as industry leaders North of the border mapped out their future intentions for waste and resources policy at the annual Scottish Resources conference. Freelance writer Maxine Perella reports.


Financing for growth amid the green shoots of recovery

There have been more than a few green shoots noted in the economy in the recent past, so it’s no surprise that senior decision-makers are now turning their minds to growth opportunities and how this can be achieved in a sustainable and successful way. Sean Dixon, head of services sector, Royal Bank of Scotland, looks at how businesses can plan for growth.