A DROITWICH hotel is among 14 county-based businesses set to save cash by signing up to a green scheme.

The firms, which include Droitwich’s St Andrews Town Hotel, St Andrew’s Street, will save more than £170,000 and 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions through Resource Efficient Worcestershire, a new scheme led by Worcestershire County Council together with Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

Worcestershire businesses are benefiting from European funding to improve their green efficiency.

Businesses obtain free assessments which provide a practical appraisal of current premises, equipment, processes and performance to identify opportunities to produce savings which can be made through improved resource efficiency.

In Droitwich, Aidan Stevens, owner of the St Andrews Hotel said: "Being a Georgian house hotel, we knew that there would be lots of areas that we could improve our energy efficiency. Through the Resource Efficient Worcestershire project we are able to take advantage of generous EU grants to part fund the energy efficiency work that we want to be undertaken. Furthermore they have been able to identify a number of savings opportunities that we wouldn’t have thought of for ourselves. Overall through this initiative we hope to be able to save at least 20 per cent of our annual energy bill.”

For more information or to register for an assessment, call 01905 822833 or email business-central.co.uk/resource-efficiency-grants