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Award joy for Northumbrian Water

Employees from Northumbrian Water Group with their collection of BQF Awards.
Employees from Northumbrian Water Group with their collection of BQF Awards.

Staff at Northumbrian Water are celebrating after picking up a number of accolades at a prestigious ceremony.

The water company scooped the UK Excellence Award 2018 – one of the highest accolades any business can achieve – at the British Quality Foundation (BQF) UK Excellence Awards.

The firm was also given a special double commendation by the jury for both of its Rainwise and Every Drop Counts schemes in the Innovation in Sustainability and Society category.

Heidi Mottram, chief executive of Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Northumbrian Water Group and our incredible people have been recognised with these awards.

“It is a huge honour and really serves as testimony to the tireless effort, innovative approach and progressive solutions we employ right across our organisation.

“I am proud that Northumbrian Water Group will take its place among some of the biggest names in UK industry as winners of the UK Excellence Awards and would like to pay tribute to our employees, without whom we would not have been shortlisted.”

NWG had been shortlisted for four projects, competing across three categories: Innovation in Sustainability and Society for its Rainwise and Every Drop Counts schemes; Innovation and Employee Engagement; and the Overall UK Excellence Award.

The Every Drop Counts was NWG’s largest ever water saving campaign while Rainwise reduces risk of flooding by working with communities.

Both projects are having a hugely positive impact by improving and advancing not only environmental conditions, but also having significant social and economic impact within the communities NWG serves.

Heidi added: “Both of these ground-breaking campaigns are delivering huge impact and long may that continue.

“They are incredibly innovative and have helped us engage with our customers to benefit them, ourselves and the environment.

“Through Every Drop Counts, we are helping to save millions of gallons of water every year and also helping to educate our customers on the beneficial environmental impact of responsible water usage.

“Rainwise has also helped us to engage with communities across our region and has been hugely beneficial in reducing flood risk in key areas, both reactively and proactively, by working closely with our partners and with communities.”