Environmental consultants ride out recession

The number of environmental consultancies operating in the UK continued to increase over the past two years despite the recession, according to the third edition of ENDS' Directory of Environmental Consultants.1 Recent legislation has largely sustained the boom, but green initiatives by business are also helping to keep the consultants employed.

The first edition of ENDS' Directory listed 125 environmental consultancies. By 1990 this had increased to 225. This year, the figure is higher still at 339, with another 30 or more, predominantly small, consultancies not listed in the Directory.

The sector now has a turnover of about £400 million, according to figures presented in a separate market analysis.2 It employs more than 9,000 professionals carrying out about 19

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