KMG Ultra Pure Chemicals gets ready for the Dragon Boat Challenge

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With just a couple of weeks to go until the River Trent reverberates to the sound of beating drums and splashing paddles, there is still time to get your team together and join in the annual Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge.

A lot of new teams are signing up this year, and amongst the first timers is KMG Ultra Pure Chemicals.

Business Link talked to Floraine Laigret, Company Accountant & HR Manager, about why KMG Ultra Pure Chemicals wanted to get involved with the challenge. Floraine said: “It is a fun event, and it will be good if we can raise a lot of money for Rainbows.

“We are coming to participate but if we win, it will be a bonus. Our team members are coming from our production, lab, distribution and accounts departments. It is a good mix. The company wanted to do something together outside work. We want to bring back a lot of fun memories.”

More than 30 teams are expected to battle it out in spectacular races on Sunday 5th August, cheered on by thousands of spectators.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge raised over £16,000 for Rainbows which provides vital help, care and support for children across the East Midlands with terminal and life-limiting conditions.

By taking part and raising money for Rainbows, the teams will be helping families from Nottinghamshire and across the region to make the most of the time they have left together and create memories they can treasure forever.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of the Nottingham Riverside Festival, one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council. Media partners to the Dragon Boat Challenge are Notts TV and Business Link East Midlands.

For further information and an entry form please visit or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit