Local, regional, national and global firms have secured River-Friendly Business status through an initiative which is helping companies work together to tackle water pollution.

Trent Rivers Trust’s River-Friendly Business accreditation scheme is backed by the Environment Agency and Severn Trent and was launched in 2018. It awards businesses based within the Trent catchment Bronze, Silver and Gold status for helping to improve their local water environment. The overriding message is, “Only rain down the drain.”

Julie Wozniczka, who runs the River-Friendly Business scheme and is Senior Project Manager at TRT, said:

“One of the most exciting and satisfying aspects of River-Friendly Business is the way in which it has quickly nurtured a business-led network in which companies support each other to prevent water pollution, for example by hosting visits to share learning and practical steps they can implement.

“It’s also vital that businesses of all sizes take part and so we’re delighted that we now have companies taking part that range in size from nine staff to more than 1,000. Together they are not only making a real difference to the local environment but are inspiring others to get involved.”

To become a River-Friendly Business, participants follow 6 steps – from ensuring water drains that lead to brooks are clearly marked to storing oils and chemicals in bunds to contain spills. Bronze award winners make staff aware of the campaign and identify steps they can take; Silver winners carry out actions; and Gold winners embed a river-friendly ethos in their business and support other organisations. Download

The area covered by the River-Friendly Business scheme includes Alfreton, South Normanton, Huthwaite, Hilcote, Ripley, Denby, Belper, Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Heanor.

Read more about this year’s awards in our NEWS ITEM and watch a SHORT FILM of this year’s winners here.

Download the GUIDANCE and APPLICATION FORM (2020 versions are coming soon but will be very similar)

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