Here are some of our projects, which demonstrate how we assimilate resource data, support our clients to use material resources efficiently and deliver behaviour change.
Resource Futures was commissioned by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) to develop an Excel-based tool to collate and analyse financial data. The tool enables the WLGA to monitor spending on waste collection by all 22 unitary authorities in Wales. It is used to produce reports to Welsh Government, and helps to deliver the Waste Improvement Programme in Wales.
Resource Futures worked closely with the WLGA to develop a technical specification for a tool which met their requirements. The tool was developed using advanced Visual Basic (VBA) techniques to produce a powerful yet user-friendly tool. It automatically processes raw data from WasteDataFlow and can be used to generate customisable charts.
“We were very pleased to have worked with Resource Futures to develop the WLGA Waste Finance Data Tool. The tool allows us to import, process, validate and analyse key performance data for the 22 local authorities in Wales and, with the press of a button, produce the analysis required for the annual financial reports for the Welsh Government’s Minister for Natural Resources. Resource Futures were very professional in their approach, ensuring that our requirements were fully met throughout the design, development and testing of the tool.”Gwyndaf Parry, Welsh Local Government Association
This market research project focused on second-hand clothing was conducted by Resource Futures for charity retailer and clothing collector SATCoL - Salvation Army Trading Company. Data on second hand clothing collections was compiled for the client and mapped using a Geographical Information System (GIS) across the UK. Competitor analysis was undertaken and compared with SATCoL’s market profile and share. We also researched new and innovative collection systems for the project with estimates of the potential additional tonnage to be gained calculated for new types of collections. The findings of the research were used to inform SATCoL’s business development strategy.
I am extremely pleased to have worked with Resource Futures, who responded effectively to our brief; providing market research and insight which have helped inform our clothing collections business development strategy. The findings of their work were based on comprehensive research and thorough analysis of data. This resulted in a series of high quality datasets and recommendations, which were presented in a succinct and comprehensible manner. I found Resource Futures’ consultants to be knowledgeable and able to draw on their experience of working with other business sectors. They were flexible and friendly in their project management style, which made SATCoL’s project management correspondingly straightforward and delivered the desired project outcomes. In summary, the work undertaken by Resource Futures was to a high standard, completed to agreed timescales and budget and their work represented excellent value to SATCoL. I look forward to working with Resource Futures again in the future and I would be happy to recommend working with them to others.Tony Hosking - Head of Clothing Collections at Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd.
Resource Futures evaluated the performance of WRAP’s separate food waste collections trials, carried out in 19 local authorities in England and Northern Ireland. A high profile report was published by WRAP, along with six case studies examining particular aspects of the trials in greater depth.
The Community Action Group (CAG) Project is a pioneering model of supporting, measuring, empowering and connecting grassroots environmental initiatives. CAGs are offered small pots of funding, insurance coverage, advice with engaging their communities and day-to-day personal bespoke support. The Oxfordshire CAG project has been delivered and managed since its inception in 2001 by Resource Futures and continues to be a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council and the five Oxfordshire District Councils. The Oxfordshire network consists of over 60 unique groups taking action on waste, energy, food, transport, biodiversity and social inequality. The CAG network is now the largest of its kind in the UK and regularly reports on good practice to national organisations such as WRAP, as well as National Government and has its own website www.cagoxfordshire.org.uk
Community RePaint is a UK wide network of schemes that collect unwanted surplus and leftover paint, diverting it from the waste stream and redistributing it to individuals, families and communities in social need. The network, managed by Resource Futures, has been sponsored by AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK, since 1993. There is an estimated 50 million litres of paint which remain unused annually. As managers of the network, Resource Futures offers support to community projects, local authorities and waste management companies. The project celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013 and has its own dedicated website http://www.communityrepaint.org.uk.
We have worked with Resource Futures for many years to manage the Community RePaint network. The advice and assistance that they offer each scheme on a day to day basis has been essential to its success and has led to a stronger network reusing more paint in the community. Our aim is to continue to grow this success and by sharing experiences, research and knowledge of both the social sector and waste management arena Resource Futures have collaboratively worked with us to develop a strategy to do this. We look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship into the future.Paul Murgett, Senior Sustainability Lead
In 2013 Resource Futures led a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded study to determine the feasibility of implementing a circular economic business model for Phineas Products Limited. The circular economy, as applied to Phineas Products, involves a system in which products are manufactured in the UK from UK-sourced recycled material, designed to be used and re-used in closed loop cycles, and recycled only when the product has reached the end of its usable lifetime. Phineas’ present business model is linear in nature, in that Phineas’ retail shoe hanger product is supplied with the shoe - both being supplied and distributed from Asia. It served as the baseline against which all financial and environmental costs were compared.