Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Showcase for Our World-Class Industry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Showcase for Our World-Class Industry

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Byline: By Karen Wilson

Companies can learn all about the benefits of better environmental practices during North-East Business Environment Month (NEBEM) 03.

Throughout November there will events, seminars and workshops aimed at companies and individuals facing environmental challenges.

Now in its fourth year, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Topics will include green procurement, energy efficiency, biomass, the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive and financial support for environmental firms.

The concept of NEBEM was a UK-first. It was established in 2000 by the Environmental Industries Federation (EIF), the region's only business-led environmental cluster.

The EIF responded to calls from "green" businesses to develop a regular platform where they could meet, share ideas and learn about new developments in the environmental field as well as showcasing their products and services to national and international markets.

Pam Jose, chairman of EIF, explains: "As environmental legislation raises the issue of environment further up everyone's corporate agenda there is often a need for help and advice.

"The North East has a world-class environmental sector that offers innovative and cost effective solutions to environmental issues."

The thriving environmental industry in the North East employs around 18,000 people in at least 850 companies, ranging from waste and recycling firms to landscape businesses and energy management consultants. What's more the sector accounts for more than pounds 650million of the regional economy.

Recent contract wins for North-East environmental businesses have raised awareness of the economic potential of the industry and EIF members have been at the centre of this growth.

North Energy Associates has gained a contract worth almost pounds 2m to advise and develop renewable and more efficient power supplies for rural businesses, which will have a dramatic impact on those businesses. …

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