Eco-I North West (NW) is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and aims to support SMEs as they undertake low-carbon business innovations. ICT Reverse
is one of the UK’s leading, fully accredited providers of reverse logistics for all ICT data bearing assets. The company already has a big focus on being environmentally friendly but are always looking for ways to improve further. Craig Smith, Managing Director at ICT Reverse, was introduced to Eco-I NW
by Dan Knowles
, working on behalf of the Digital and Innovation team at Lancashire County Council.
Dan immediately identified synergies between ICT Reverse and Karl's work, demonstrating the true value of multi-partner collaboration in the county between local authority, universities and the private sector. Craig was approached by Alison Holden the Business Engagement Officer for ECO-I NW to see if they could help. Craig stated: ‘’We wanted to be able to unlock the knowledge and resource within UCLan to assist with more efficient and environmentally friendly processes and operations.’’ Through Eco-I NW, a student was employed to complete 140 hours of research, aimed specifically around evaluating the impact of ICT Reverse’s waste. On completion of the research, the student delivered a report to the board with recommendations for ways in the business could make changes to lower their carbon footprint.
Craig saw the benefit in: ‘’Having a fresh pair of eyes’’ looking at what they could do better and plans to implement some of the findings to both save money and improve environmentally. Craig commended the professionalism of the student, saying: “They were informative and supportive without being judgemental of processes that are in place because of resource limitations.” When asked about whether other businesses should contact the Eco-I NW team, Craig responded: “Just go for it, you will not regret it!”
“They were informative and supportive without being judgemental of processes that are in place because of resource limitations.” Craig Smith, Managing Director at ICT Reverse