Green consultancy grows in the South

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Paul White, from multidisciplinary environmental consultancy Ecus’s head office in Sheffield is to head the company’s new offices in Basingstoke.

Mr White joined Ecus at the start of the year and, as technical director, has successfully grown the firm’s conservation team.

He will be joined at the Basingstoke office by principal heritage consultant Nikki Cook, and Ecus has plans to recruit more staff across all environmental specialisms.

Ecus managing director Nick Birkinshaw said: “The Ecus team has put in an impressive performance over the past few years and this has allowed us to accelerate expansion and strengthen our geographical coverage, enabling us to offer a high calibre and broad range of environmental services across the UK.”

Ecus was launched in 1986, as a spin-out from Sheffield University and employs more than 35 staff. The company provides services that include planning consultancy, environmental impact assessment, ecology, landscape, heritage, geoscience and environmental management.

Earlier this year Ecus announced Cumbria-based entrepreneur Vincent Ewan had made a significant investment to back its growth. Further recruitment and office openings are planned for 2014.