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Business Gateway helps recycling firm to successfully diversify

A Scottish waste management recycling business has secured £6,000 in funding and prevented tonnes of plastic waste from going to landfills by diversifying its offering with the support of Business Gateway.

25th July 2022

About the business

Moock Environmental Solutions is a complex plastics recycling business based in Cumbernauld. Originally focused on recycling printing consumables, the team developed and patented a new method of recycling toning powder which can be reprocessed into colour bricks, concrete and wall art.

Business Gateway has been an invaluable resource for my business.

How Business Gateway has helped

Through Business Gateway, owner, Graeme received a grant of £6,000 which funded 50% of the costs to purchase a granulator, a device used to grind materials for recycling and reprocessing. This enabled Graeme, who took over the 20-year-old business in 2019, to significantly improve its offering and reduce costs of transporting materials.

He also accessed Business Gateway’s free research service, which provided valuable insight into the latest market data enabling Moock Environmental Solutions to reach potential new clients with a more targeted service. Additionally, the business received support from DigitalBoost, Scotland’s national digital upskilling programme, delivered by Business Gateway. This supported a digital infrastructure project which involved reviewing systems and expertise advice for devising a way forward.

Graeme Clowe, owner, Moock Environmental Solutions said: “We knew we had to diversify our service offering if we were to survive the effects of Brexit and the pandemic. An idea came to me when I noticed all the single-use plastic used to package my daughter’s toys. I thought of how many other pieces of needless plastic were going to landfills and it inspired me to act. I then got in touch with Business Gateway for help on how to diversify my business offering and launch a new service.

“My adviser John has been an immense help for several years, but especially throughout the challenges of COVID and diversifying the business. The funding secured for a new granulator has helped the business create a circular economy and provide an improved service for our customers.

“Business Gateway has been an invaluable resource for my business. The research services have been especially useful in how to promote the business effectively.”

Support Provided

1:1 Business Advice or Support

Funding & Financial Restructuring Advice

Statistics & Deomgraphics

1:1 DigitalBoost Support

DigitalBoost Digital Health Check

Scottish Enterprise Support

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