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London Bridge businesses make green commitment

Businesses within the London Bridge Business Improvement District have shown their commitment to becoming more environmentally friendly.

Nadia Broccardo
Nadia Broccardo is the new director of the London Bridge BID Company

More than 100 local business representatives turned out for the London Bridge BID Company's 'Go Green' event at City Hall last week.

The main objective of the Environmental Forum is to help the business community reduce costs and be more environmentally friendly. It is completely free to join for businesses within the London Bridge BID and will meet quarterly to hear expert speakers and discuss topical issues. Forum members will be able to have a direct input into the direction that London Bridge takes in the battle against climate change, joining together to create area wide initiatives while sharing experiences and knowledge with business neighbours.

Introduced by the BID Company's chairman James Dinwiddie, attendees heard speeches from John Thorp, CEO of energy efficiency services company Thameswey, Nicky Major of More London-based firm Ernst & Young, and the BID Company's new director Nadia Broccardo. Practical advice included the removal of wastepaper bins from office floors to encourage recycling and the importance of installing movement sensors for internal lighting.

Sustainability advisors Envirowise and CRISP were on hand to offer businesses free environmental impact assessments. Local organisations BLISS and TABS Creative advised on mobile phone and ink cartridge recycling and green print management respectively.

"I am sure that a coordinated approach will help everyone and hopefully the larger companies will be able to advise us smaller guys about our approach," says Nigel Guy, owner of The Bridge Lounge on Tooley Street.

To find out more about London Bridge BID's Environmental Forum email environment@londonbridgebid.co.uk or call the BID's environmental manager Shane Clarke on 020 7407 4701 for more details about receiving a free environmental assessment for your business.

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