Globe Environmental Consulting, a waste management consultancy based in Stockport, has branched out into new areas of the waste market with support from the Business Growth Hub.
The company was set up in 2012 by Adnan Zeb-Khan, who has over 18 years’ of cross-sector experience in delivering sustainability and waste management services to public and private sector clients, including construction sites, manufacturers, service providers, local authorities, and the education and hospitality sectors.
Previous clients include Media City UK in Salford, a host of councils throughout the UK, private sector waste management companies and some overseas work in Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman.
The vast majority of Globe Environmental’s portfolio has traditionally been focused on waste collection. However, to reduce risk and identify new opportunities for growth, Adnan wanted to branch out into waste treatment and disposal services and began working with the Hub’s low carbon sector team to diversify his business model.
Following a business review by low carbon sector advisor, Vicky Hall, Adnan joined the Hub’s online Low Carbon Network to help identify new business opportunities and raise his profile amongst potential clients.
The Low Carbon Network supports companies in Greater Manchester’s low carbon and environmental goods and services supply chains. It provides members with tailored updates, networking and tender opportunities and a public profile on its searchable database.
As a result, Globe Environmental identified and won a tender for a consultancy project in one of its new target markets.
“We’ve built a successful business out of helping organisations specify and procure sustainable waste collection services, but the treatment and disposal of waste is a relatively untapped resource for us”, says Adnan.
“As a small business, it’s difficult to commit resources to new activities and raise our profile in new markets, and that’s where the Business Growth Hub’s environmental sector expertise is helping us.”
Vicky Hall adds: “The waste management sector is a competitive marketplace and a key part of Greater Manchester’s thriving low carbon economy.
“It can sometimes be difficult for small companies to find the right routes to branch out into new areas, and that’s why we offer support to help growing companies like Globe Environmental to diversify and strengthen their position in this incredibly important market.”
Adnan has also benefitted from the Hub’s mentoring programme to help with the switch from being an employee to becoming a business owner.
“Having a business mentor was great opportunity to have a sounding board to bounce ideas off as I developed my business – I’d highly recommend it to new business owners”, Adnan added.