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Buying Green to Boost Business

24th August, 2010
Devon tourism businesses searching for local and green suppliers need look no further thanks to a new online resource created by Devon County Council.

The ‘Green Suppliers Directory’ can be accessed free of charge on the Devon Tourism Advice website, at http://www.devontourismadvice.co.uk/sustainability.

Councillor Will Mumford Cabinet Member for Economy, Regeneration and Strategic Planning said:
“Increasingly tourism businesses and attractions, particularly those with green accreditations or awards are looking to use ethical and local suppliers for everything from food and drink, to cleaning materials and stationery. Today Devon has more than 170 green accredited businesses, all committed to environmentally sound purchasing, and on top of this from research we know that over 70% of visitors are influenced positively by green awards, and over 60% are interested in staying in accommodation that features local food and produce. 

“We wanted to make it easy for both our visitors and our businesses. Devon prides itself on its landscape, quality of life and environment.  Companies are increasingly aware of just how important sustaining the environment is to economic success. We want our visitors to have a quality experience here, as tourism and the businesses that feed into it are worth over £2billion to the county’s economy.”

The Council are encouraging green suppliers to sign up to appear in the Directory for free. There are currently 245 green businesses listed with more being added all the time. Businesses wishing to sign up to the Directory must be a member of an accredited body or be able to demonstrate commitment to the environment through a business environmental policy or equivalent. To create a new business listing they should visit http://www.devontourismadvice.co.uk/suppliers-directory.

Cllr Mumford continued: “Supporting tourism and local business is part of the Council’s core activity. Helping businesses expand, promoting enterprise, and developing a competitive economy is the key to a better quality of life for Devon residents and a superb experience for our visitors.”
 
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