UK environmental consulting market still solid despite Brexit
The UK’s environmental consulting (EC) market hit a record value of £1.65bn in 2016, according to market research firm Environment Analyst.
Growth of 6.3% was fuelled by strong demand across major client sectors, mainly from infrastructure and development and regulated industries.
It is the sixth consecutive year of growth following a slow post-recession recovery period.
Revenues from government and public-sector sources increase for the second year, making up 19% of the total market.
Private sector sources accounted for the remaining 81%, growing by 6.7% in 2016.
Market growth in 2017 is expected to be at 4.5%, constrained by Brexit and uncertainties impacting client investment decisions.
Environment Analyst hopes the next five years will see more opportunities for environmental consultants to help the UK government reform laws relating to land management, farming and fisheries and waste management.