Business Assist FAQs

What is waste valorisation?

Waste valorisation refers to a range of alternative ways of dealing with residues other than disposal and/or landfilling.

Basic valorisation strategies include composting, recycling and burning (for energy recovery). However, they are able to recover/convert less than 50 wt.% of the waste into useful products.

Advanced valorisation strategies based on green chemical technologies include microwave-assisted extraction of useful components, biological (e.g. fermentation) and combined chemo-enzymatic approaches for the production of useful bio-derived products, and flow technologies which are able to provide cascade-type separation/isolation of valuable chemicals

What is a Business Assist?

A business assist is a small amount (2 days) of advisory work that WasteValor offers to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to help them understand how they could make better use of their waste, especially food waste, or of value adding compounds obtained from food waste.

Do I have to pay for the work?

No, because WasteValor is funded through an EU scheme called “ERDF” (European Regional Development Fund), so there is no cash cost to clients who qualify for a business assist.  All we need from clients is a commitment of a few hours of management time and to make data about their food waste available to us.

How much work will you do for me?

A Business Assist has a defined meaning under ERDF guidance.  The Assist will be twelve person hours of time from University of York personnel.

Can you give me some examples?

In twelve hours, examples of what we can offer include:

How do I qualify?

I don’t think I qualify can I still get a Business Assist?

The WasteValor project is restricted to food waste, but the University has other business assist projects which may be able to help you. Please get in touch with us and we‘d be happy to try to point you in the right direction.

Are there opportunities for follow on work?

Yes, we hope that you would be keen to continue.  Further assistance is available from the University and we can explore further fee-based and grant-funded opportunities with you.

Does the ERDF funding count as state aid to me?

Yes. The state aid value of the project will be in the region of £1,000; the exact value will vary depending on the work agreed. You will not receive any money directly and the scheme will not cost you any money.

How does the three year monitoring of my accounts work?

You will be asked to complete a form for each year that we will send you.

What is “De Minimus” aid?

A full definition is available here. In summary, it is aid provided by the state, under specific categories, it is closely regulated by the EU to ensure open and fair international competition. De minimis generally relates to non R&D work.

What is GBER 36 aid?

GBER36 is also a form of state aid relating to R&D, which has exemption from governmental reporting because it falls into certain categories, in this case Aid for Innovation. 

Why do I have to provide my companies financial details to you?

It is our responsibility to ensure that any businesses assisted through this project meets the eligibility and state aid criteria; the provision of these details helps us to do that.