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B&Q are encouraging their staff to be more eco-conscious by offering them incentives to get greener. Their 30,000 employees will be offered monthly discounts to enable them so save money and energy on things such as insulation, energy saving light bulbs and energy efficient thermostats. They will run competitions for the best staff eco-ideas, and eco-awards will be given out. Staff will also be able to study for a new eco-advisor qualification via City and Guilds Retail Skills Diploma.

The programme  is part of the Prince of Wales’ Start Initiative, aiming to help people lead more sustainable lives. Euan Sutherland, chief executive of B&Q and Kingfisher UK, said: “We want to make it easier for our colleagues and customers to green up their homes and we hope that our support of the Prince of Wales’ Start initiative together with the investment we are making in special discounts on eco products for our employees will mean that as many of us as possible will be able to make a start in our own homes.”

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