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 19,000 contracts per year.
The market analysis, which is based on in-depth questionnaires completed by the 339 consultancies, is believed to be the first of its kind for the sector. It contains more than 50 figures graphically displaying facts and figures about the sector to help consultancies plan their business. Key findings include:
The Directory provides full-page listings for each of the 339 businesses, an account of what to look out for when seeking an environmental consultancy, and eight appendices to help the user locate the right consultancy. New to this edition is a matrix which graphically presents each consultancy's experience in each of 12 service areas within 18 industry sectors.