This is an archived press release
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Local businesses are invited to attend a free event to find out how they can get recognition for the things they do to help look after the Peak District's environment and communities.
A Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) event, 'Five steps to a better and greener business', is being held on Wednesday September 25, at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.
The meeting will run from 10.30am to 1pm, followed by a networking lunch.
It is free to attend but places are limited so booking is essential by contacting Faith Johnson, who runs the EQM Community Interest Company, on 0770 2452777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Johnson, EQM CIC director said: "When people buy a product or service that has been awarded the EQM, they can be confident that their purchase supports businesses that are helping to look after the Peak District environment, as well as local people and communities.
"With increasing competition for customers, businesses are looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. Achieving the EQM award is a great way for businesses to show customers how passionate they are about the Peak District.
"We want businesses to come along, meet the EQM team and find out how they could benefit."
Some of the benefits to businesses who achieve the EQM award are:
* Official recognition of what they do for the Peak District, its people and environment
* Use of the EQM logo in their marketing, so they stand out from the competition
* Being part of a dynamic network of supportive, like-minded businesses
* Reducing their running costs by saving energy and water and reducing waste
* Learning how others succeed
* Improving their Google rating with a listing on the Peak District National Park Authority website www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm
* Training opportunities
* Extra awards and promotional opportunities.
The EQM scheme is run by the Environmental Quality Mark Community Interest Company on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority.
EQM businesses support the local economy, protect the global environment, enhance the local environment, invest in people and communities and celebrate what's special about the Peak District National Park.
What EQM award holders say…
"We found the EQM application process thought provoking- it got us to reassess things we haven't looked at for a while " Marshall Waller, Blaze Farm.
"EQM encouraged me to think about some aspects of my customer service that I hadn't previously considered, which was really useful. I also love the fact that the EQM is specific to the Peak District and encourages local businesses to work together, trade with each other, and support each other." Cath Lee, Peak Walking Adventures.
"The examples in the online guidance were clear and allowed me to easily complete the application within a few hours. The guidance uses real life examples from EQM award holders, so it was a great opportunity to learn from other successful businesses."
Margie Stucky, Brough Lea Farm, Peak Yarns & Fibres.