A Conservative MP has thrown his weight behind the campaign to rectify the financial burden of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
Representatives from the Independent Trade Association of Computing Specialists (ITACS), the Mac Technology Association and the Professional Computing Association met with Conservative MP Adam Afriyie last week at the House of Commons.
Hendy Armstrong, founder of the campaign and secretary of ITACS, said: “Adam comes from an IT industry background and understands our plight. He realised how crippling the disproportionate costs will be on small independent PC builders and VARs.”
Robert Peckham, director of the Mac Technology Association, said: “The meeting with Adam went well; he realises how badly the WEEE directive was implemented by the government. I believe he is going to try and raise the issue in parliament.”
In a statement to CRN, Afriyie said: “The WEEE directive is likely to impose even further burdens on smaller IT firms. In an economic climate where small businesses have seen their regulatory burden increase, I am concerned that WEEE may push smaller firms out of business.”
Mike Lawrence, managing director of VAR Bentpenny, said: “Anyone who can help address the problems can only be welcomed with open arms.”
Tweet using #CRNawards to join our live coverage of tonight's Channel Awards
We weed out the key information from the networking giant's Q1 numbers
CRN's Women in Channel role model Logicalis COO Natalie Matthews explains the impact of mentorship, 'imposter syndrome' and why the channel has to do a better job at selling the industry to young people
Mohit Aron claims Cohesity is having the same impact on the back-up market as the smartphone on its own space, while taking shots at the likes of Veeam