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Chance to take the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark into the future

This is an archived press release

Friday 24 June 2011

eqm booklet The Peak District National Park Authority is inviting expressions of interest in the future development of its sought-after Environmental Quality Mark (EQM).

The Authority wants proposals from the private, public or voluntary sectors to manage and develop the scheme. The EQM is a nationally-recognised certificate awarded to rural businesses who demonstrate environmental best practice and commitment to looking after the Peak District National Park.

EQM officer Faith Johnson explained: “Nearly 100 local businesses currently hold the EQM. It was launched in 2003 and is now a flourishing network of environmentally-conscious businesses in the food and tourism sectors and beyond.

“It is a validated VisitEngland sustainable tourism scheme and was a runner-up in the Observer Ethical Awards 2011.

“The Authority will consider all proposals for the future development and management of the EQM from private, public or voluntary sectors, working in partnership or individually.Proposals might include self-financing, franchisement, co-operative, partnership or the potential lease or sale of the mark.”

The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday July 12 2011.

For more details and an information pack (£10), go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm-expressionofinterest .

Or you can email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk or call 01629 816200.

This is an archived press release

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