This is a rapidly growing sector in the region, with a number of market leading companies and cutting-edge enterprises covering renewable energy, water technology, waste management and pollution control.

Met Net 2014-30It is supported by the Marches Environmental Technologies Network (metnet), which promotes collaborative working and business growth among businesses that provide products and services within the industry.

Compared to other parts of the UK, the Marches has a large number of environmental consultancy firms. In Shropshire, more than 21 per cent of the environmental companies are consultancy based, with a strong cluster around the Shrewsbury area.

Also supporting the sector is BESST, an organisation created to assist the wider Marches business base to improve their environmental performance in order to boost competitiveness and reduce their impact on the environment. BESST is a best practice sharing network, members share advice and information.

The sector is vibrant, forward thinking and more than 50 per cent of all environmental technologies businesses here are less than 10 years old. Companies flying the flag for the sector in the Marches include:

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