Eco consultancy plans for growth

Nick Birkinshaw (left) managing director of Sheffield-based environmental consultancy, Ecus, with new non-executive director Vincent Ewan
Nick Birkinshaw (left) managing director of Sheffield-based environmental consultancy, Ecus, with new non-executive director Vincent Ewan
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Ecus, the environmental consultancy that was spun out of Sheffield University over a quarter of a century ago, has secured further finance to continue its national expansion.

Cumbria-based entrepreneur Vincent Ewan has made a significant investment in Ecus, becoming a shareholder and a non-executive director.

Mr Ewan founded water industry consultancy the Ewan Group in 1987, growing the company into a £15 million turnover and employing 300 staff, before selling it to Mouchel Parkman in 2006.

His arrival at Ecus follows recent expansion at the Meadowhall-based company, including the opening of new offices in Cheltenham and Stirling, and the announcement of plans to open an office Basingstoke.

Ecus managing director Nick Birkinshaw said: “This is an exciting time for the business as we aim to double staff numbers and increase turnover significantly in the next few years.

“I took a while to find the right non-executive director and we spoke to some impressive people, but Vince stood out as a perfect fit for our business.

“We are really pleased to have Vince join the company and he has had an immediate positive impact with the way we are managing the office roll out and planning for the future. His knowledge and experience of the sector will be invaluable in expanding our business into a UK-wide multi-office operation.”

Mr Ewan said: “I am pleased to be involved. Ecus is a strong business, with good people behind it. It has the potential to go a long way, so I decided to take the opportunity to invest in the company when this was offered.

“I see it as a good investment to make in the type of business I understand well. The range of services Ecus has and the expertise already in place has given me confidence the company can increase its market share very substantially indeed over the next five to ten years.”

Ecus employs more than 30 staff, providing services that include planning consultancy, environmental impact assessment, ecology, landscape, heritage, geoscience and environmental management.