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Lancing based BCMY Ltd re-use and recycle used printer cartridges. The company has a zero landfill and incineration policy and are able to provides customers with comprehensive reporting, on ink and toner cartridge reuse and recycling data.

BCMY began working with Clean Growth UK’s South East Hub,  the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform, because they wanted to expand their operations, secure larger contracts and find new uses for the plastics found in printer cartridges.

They were successful in securing Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funding, a funding scheme that helps make innovative business transformation plans a reality, and gives businesses the opportunity to address technical skills gaps with a university academic team.

Simon Gilchrist, owner of BCMY, said:

Development of new processes to drive growth

“The University helped us to secure a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to develop a stock, sales and ordering process. As part of the project, we worked with an expert from the university and postgraduate researcher to develop a state of the art IT system.”

Extra capacity, funding and networking

“Our ambition with the project was to realise improvements in efficiency and profitability and a decrease in risk exposure, as well as freeing up staff to concentrate on deeper product knowledge and customer relationship building.

Working with the Green Growth Platform has enabled us to source additional funding for resources, access knowledge and introduced us to industry contacts we never would have come across.”

Gaining a market advantage

“Our KTP has allowed us to take a real world business problem and turn it into a market advantage, even when the skillsets of doing so were not present within the company.

Selecting a KTP as the best delivery vehicle for our project has resulted in reduced costs and risk whilst producing a better outcome than we could have achieved ourselves, so we would happily recommend a KTP to others.”