First Bob dropped in to the headquarters of Oceanox at Woolsbridge Industrial Park, Three Legged Cross, to find out more about how this young company has invested heavily in research and development to create a patented product that removes harmful particulates from ship funnel emissions.

With the third of three Emissions Control Areas** coming into force in August 2012 and the EU Commission committed to tackling sulphur emissions from ships, Managing Director and Co-Founder Nick Holness is keen to see the business grow and work with the shipping industry to develop solutions. Bob met with Chairman and fellow Co-Founder David Ring to discuss Oceanox’s aims for the future and how he could add his support as local MP.  

Bob’s next stop was the Head Offices of New Earth Solutions Group Ltd based at Ebblake Industrial Estate, Verwood. Following his visit to the company last year, Bob was invited back by Planning Director, Robert Asquith, to discuss how the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s proposed re-banding of Renewable Obligation Certificates could affect this local waste management business and its multi-national aspirations.

With facilities across the country, New Earth Solutions has an annual turnover of £35million and provides waste treatment and composting services to Local Authorities using mechanical and biological treatment technologies. 

The company currently employs around 130 staff at its East Dorset HQ and has also established a renewable energy business called New Earth Energy. This business aims to generate low-carbon renewable energy from biomass and refuse-derived fuels using innovative, emerging technologies.

After his visits Bob said:

“I always look forward to visiting businesses in my constituency. It is the best and only way to learn firsthand how Government policies and local initiatives – like the Dorset Export Group and the newly created Local Economic Partnership – can and are helping companies on the ground.”

“By sharing their experiences we can find out what works and what needs improving in terms of our support for both new and established local businesses looking to grow.”