We are committed to sustainable development (meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) as a guiding principle within our work. Concern for the environment is an integral and fundamental part of this commitment. Our aim is to reduce the impact on the environment from our operations. Our environmental/sustainability policy is as below.
Our Sustainability Policy is based upon the following principles:
- promote responsibility for the environment within the organisation and communicate and implement this policy at all levels within the workforce
- reduce the use of energy, water and other resources
- minimise waste by reduction, re-use and recycling methods
- comply with all relevant environmental legislation/regulation
- ensure that our policies and services are developed in a way that is complimentary to this policy
- not prioritise funding needs ahead of sustainability requirements
- identify and provide appropriate training, advice and information for staff and encourage them to develop new ideas and initiatives
- provide appropriate resources to meet the commitments of this policy
- promote and encourage involvement in local environmental initiatives/schemes
Business Owner, Kathryn Clarke, has a firm belief in volunteering services where possible and has supported her children’s schools and sports clubs in voluntary roles over the years.
Most recently, just as the Government announced that the most vulnerable should stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection and the travel, events and hospitality industry was being affected by cancellations and postponements due to Covid-19, Kathryn immediately registered as a volunteer.
The Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council advertised for volunteers after taking the lead in providing support to residents during the coronavirus outbreak, organising a team of volunteers to deliver vital supplies to the elderly, vulnerable and housebound.
Volunteers recruited by the council work to deliver supplies from Budgens in the village to those who need help. Safety being paramount, there will be no face to face contact and no money will change hands – the deliveries will be left at the door. The service is available to help all those over 70 to ensure they can stay home, self-isolate and stay well.
Kathryn Clarke says, “Bidford-on-Avon has been my home for 15 years and I’m always amazed at the great community spirit in the village. It’s a privilege to live and work here and when our hospitality work started to go quiet due to the Covid-19 outbreak and I saw the Parish Council’s call for volunteers, it was an honour to help the cause and dedicate my time where able.
It would not be possible to deliver this service without the team effort of the Parish Council, Budgens and all of the amazing volunteers.
I felt I needed to do something to support the superbly brave key workers who have to face the fear of this virus every day and to help those most vulnerable in society to stay home and stay safe to protect themselves, others and the NHS.”
The UK hospitality sector worth £130bn is a major contributor to the British economy, yet struggles to attract home-grown staff at all levels. There is a major skills shortage within the industry which is now a real and present issue for business owners. Passionate about the industry and based in Warwickshire we support the WCG plans to address the issue with their bold and ambitious plan.
WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) is aiming to turn Moreton Hall, a listed Georgian-style mansion in Warwickshire which it owns, into a four-star boutique hotel which will act as a live training venue. The bold and ambitious plan to become a national training hotel for the hospitality, heritage and tourism sector to provide education and practical skills to over 350 students per year to set them on a path of a sustainable, well paid career with prospects by being ‘work ready’ on leaving college having gained practical skills.
The venue has been repaired after being badly damaged by fire in 2008 but plans for the training hotel include its full restoration, while maintaining its heritage features.
The National Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting the scheme to a potential value of £4.1 million while the college has pledged £1 million – but still needs to raise more than £3 million.
WCG has held a series of showcases for industry experts – and had universal backing for the project, including Robin Sheppard, chairman of Bespoke Hotels, the UK’s largest independent hotel group and Andy Townsend, of Legacy Resorts & Hotels which manages more than 20 hotels in the UK and Europe.
The training hotel will provide apprenticeships, T Levels and undergraduate degrees in a range of subjects including culinary, hospitality, heritage management, destination management, and tourism.
We support the WCG project, if you are interested in helping through investment, pledging, sponsorship or fundraising please get in touch with us and we’ll happily connect you with the team.