Online resource offers help with 'green' business regulations

A new website aimed at helping small businesses in Northern Ireland understand the environmental legislation affecting their work has been launched.

NetRegs - www.netregs.gov.uk – offers general advice on environmental issues such as waste, storage of materials and water and energy efficiencies, as well as information on forthcoming legislation and good practice advice that can help businesses save money.

Commenting on the site, Richard Rogers, Chief Executive of DOE’s Environment & Heritage Service said: "We recognise that many smaller businesses have limited time and resources to keep on top of their environmental obligations and that is why we have set up the NetRegs website, to give them the help they need to protect both the environment and their business."

Federation of Small Businesses’, Parliamentary Officer for Northern Ireland, Glynn Roberts added: "NetRegs is a crucial resource for smaller businesses affected by increasing amounts of legislation. We welcome this move by EHS to provide practical help to the small business community to remain compliant with the regulations governing their activities."

It is estimated that smaller businesses in the UK generate about 60% of commercial waste and are responsible for as much as 80% of pollution incidents.

Recent research conducted into the environmental behaviour of small businesses in Northern Ireland (SME-nvironment 2003), revealed that only 20% of respondents could name any environmental legislation. A mere 22% had heard of the Duty of Care Regulations, which apply to all businesses.

The NetRegs website, developed by EHS in partnership with the UK’s other environmental regulators, also provides guidance on the environmental regulations governing 50 industry sectors.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

28 September 2004
Small business sector 'confident but concerned'
A new report has revealed that over half of Northern Ireland's small businesses have been victims of crime during the past year. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) 'Lifting the Barriers to Growth' Biennial Membership Survey 2004 examined issues and problems relating to small business growth in the province.
05 December 2013
Alliance Encourages Small Business Saturday
An Alliance MLA is encouraging Northern Ireland shoppers to support local traders on Small Business Saturday on 7 December. Judith Cochrane is Chair of the Assembly Group on SMEs. She proposed a cross party motion on this issue in the Assembly on Monday.
11 February 2013
£5m Fund For NI Businesses
A new £5m fund has been launched to help small businesses in Northern Ireland. The NI Small Business Loan Fund is part of Invest Northern Ireland’s Access to Finance Strategy. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster announced the fund, which will be delivered by Ulster Community Investment plc (UCI).
25 August 2011
Shock Rise In Electricity Bills Condemned
Independent shopkeepers are angry about a 'shock' rise in the cost of electricity. The NI Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed major concern about the announcement by Power NI [formerly NIE] of a 20% electricity hike for both domestic and small business customers. Power NI said on Thursday that the 18.
26 August 2004
Scrap water charge plan says FSB
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Government to scrap plans for water charges in Northern Ireland. The group made its call came after a meeting of the FSB NI Policy Committee, which discussed the Government's plans in detail.