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|Industry||Environmental consultancy and services|
|Key people||Colin Speller|
|Subsidiaries||Envar, Cambridge Environmental Assessments (CEA)|
ADAS is an environmental consultancy in the United Kingdom and a provider of environmental solutions, rural development services and policy advice. ADAS is the company’s registered trading name, formerly standing for Agricultural Development Advisory Service.
ADAS was originally formed in 1946 as the National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS) advising the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) before becoming the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS) in 1971. It became an executive agency of MAFF in 1992 and was privatised in 1997, since when the company has been just known as ADAS.
To this day ADAS remains a preferred supplier to Governments and a wide range of enterprises in the public and private sectors, throughout the UK and internationally.
ADAS operates from a network of 21 offices and research sites in England, Scotland and Wales, with a head office in Wolverhampton. It employs over 700 people with expertise in over 60 specialties.
ADAS operates 12 specialist divisions: Water and Air, Soils and Nutrients, Waste, Chemicals, Landscape and Vegetation, Policy Delivery and Behavioural Change, Economics and Evaluation, Land, Ecology and Wildlife, Sustainability Development and Climate Change, Sustainable Crop Management, Animal Health and Welfare.
ADAS clients span many sectors and industries, including: Construction, developers and transport, Planning and professional services, Utilities, Rural supply and rural interests, Chemical and manufacturing industries, Renewable energies, including Wind Farm developers, Local and regional Government, National Government, Agriculture, NGOs including Wildlife Trusts.
Turnover for the year ended 30 September 2006 was £42.5 million and profits before tax were £3.6 million. ADAS was recently[when?] acquired by specialist private equity group, London and Oxford Capital Management.
Subsidiaries of ADAS Holdings Ltd
Envar Limited (Envar) is a wholly owned subsidiary of ADAS and operates commercial and municipal waste management services throughout the UK.
Cambridge Environmental Assessments
Cambridge Environmental Assessments (CEA), a division of ADAS, is a leader in chemical risk assessments. It works with a number of companies providing regulatory advice and delivering tailored risk assessments to support registrations of products across Europe. CEA has 12 core staff and two associates.
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