A survey commissioned by NetRegs.gov.uk, a free government-led website providing guidance on environmental law to small and medium sized businesses, found that hotels and restaurants using the service were saving at least £4,842 a year.
Environmental legislation can be a minefield for busy hospitality companies with some presented with hefty fines for not complying. Others are forced to pay consultants to work out the legislation relevant to them.
Martin Brocklehurst, Head of External Programmes at the Environment Agency, said: “We know small and medium-sized businesses within the hotel and restaurant industry struggle to keep on top of environmental regulations, but in such a challenging financial climate it is more important than ever that they take advantage of the potential savings of going green.
“This research dispels the assumption that environmental compliance often comes with an added cost. With free, plain English guidance, NetRegs can show how compliance can make businesses more economical and competitive, and we urge all UK SMEs to sign up to NetRegs to keep on top of environmental law.”
One hotel which has benefited from the service is Kitley House Hotel in Devon. †General Manager Andrew Huckerby said: “Making environmental changes has saved us £13k a year – it makes good business sense. Our green credentials are also popular with our customers who appreciate the steps we take to be environmentally friendly. I’m in favour of any new services which give small businesses a competitive edge."†