Business Owner

Business Owner

As a business owner, you may have overall responsibility for a company, or partial responsibility over a specific sector or activity within that business.

Businesses can encounter a wide variety of environmental liabilities, and the extent of these is often dependent upon the type of commercial activities undertaken, as well as the geographic location it operates within. Ashfield understands the inherent intricacies associated with differing commercial activities when dealing with environmental risk, and how to avoid turning these into liabilities which may otherwise cause lasting financial impacts.

Our experience in managing commercial risk often leads us to providing the following services to our clients.


Regulatory Advice and Risk Management

Ashfield helps business owners to ensure they can manage risk through operating within their legal and regulatory framework. By achieving this, it is ensured that no adverse harm is caused to the environment, and no consequential environmental liabilities are identified which could be commercially damaging.

Examples of our work with business owners include assessing the potential impact that spilled inventory or fire water could cause to a site or the wider environment, and determining optimal solutions, such as the provision of secondary or tertiary containment. Furthermore, Ashfield’s expertise in flood risk management has led to supporting Upper and Lower Tier COMAH operators in demonstrating to their Competent Authority how a Major Accident to the Environment (MATTE) through flooding can be avoided.

We are well versed in dealing with the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency to name but a few.

Business Impact Assessment

The UK’s economic conditions are frequently tested against unforeseeable events more so than ever. These can cause direct or indirect impacts upon your business, whether it be from natural perils such as flooding and storms, recent human health pandemics or even terrorism. There has never been a more important time to ensure that your business is prepared. Make sure that you’re resilient against such events with our services, like a Phase 1 Environmental Assessment.

Our partners at D-Risk are able to help you minimize exposure by making your business as resilient as possible against unforeseen risks.

Andrew Pullman, Managing Director of both Ashfield and D-Risk was recently quoted as saying:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the disparate effects that have been experienced by the UK economy. Many businesses have strained, some have prospered, but the overarching factor which will dictate a business’s future existence is it’s resilience. Many will argue that the core of a business is a stable financial footing, but in extraordinary times, this alone may not be sufficient for it to survive and succeed in future.”

For further information on how to bolster the resilience of your business, please visit the D-Risk website, or contact us.

Environmental Liabilities
Costal road erosion

Climate Change Resilience

Our experts can help you to protect commercial portfolio assets against climate-related volatility such as flood risks, subsidence, and coastal erosion, using the latest data and analysis from our climate intelligence partners at D-Risk. Ashfield’s expertise is applied alongside climate data from D-Risk to give practical insight into business and property impact from climate change. Perfect for business owners wanting to understand their exposure or looking to assess risks for asset sustainability standards such as BREEAM In-Use.

For further information, please contact us